Waging war on the poor

We need more government, not less, in the war on poverty: Mehrsa Baradaran on the myth of the “dependent” poor. Who’s able-bodied anyway? Emily Badger and Margot Sanger-Katz on the 400-year history of how we talk about the deserving versus the undeserving poor. If the poor must work to earn every dollar, shouldn’t the rich? Daniel Treisman on why the poor don’t vote to soak the rich. Americans living in poverty, yet proudly flying the flag: Tobias Carroll interviews Francesco Duina, author of Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country. Colorado Republicans admit they hate poor people and explain why. Sarah Jones on why conservatives blame poverty on the poor.

Perpetuating the cycle of poverty: How the Republican Party’s proposals to reform the food stamp program will keep people down. John Cassidy on how the Trump administration targets the poor. The Trump administration is waging war on the poor. Trump’s war on the poor: The cruelty of these cuts isn’t a bug, it’s a feature. Politico goes behind Trump’s plan to target the federal safety net. Disrupting the conservative platform: Given today’s economic challenges, some on the Right are beginning to embrace a more robust safety net. A sweeping, multi-state anti-poverty movement kicks off in the age of Trump.