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Quick Take by Bloomberg, December 4, 2019.

As we know, the Grinch is a cartoon. So is the Trump administration’s view of life in America. In this cartoon version, everyone has access to well-paying full-time jobs that can support a family. Those jobs are plentiful even for those who lack education, transportation, and skills, or have criminal records. In this cartoon country, the only people who don’t take advantage of this prosperity are just too lazy and prefer to live as dependent on the largess of the federal government.

The Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board. “New food stamp rule says if you don’t work, you can’t eat.” December 8, 2019.

Fariborz Pakseresht, Oregon’s Department of Human Services director, said the rule change would make things worse “for those already facing difficult circumstances.”

“It also will result in an increased burden on food banks and other community resources to fill the void,” Pakseresht said.

The Associated Press. “19,000 Oregonians will lose food stamp benefits under new Trump rules.” Oregon Live, December 7, 2019.

As BackChannels — in fair blogger fashion — tries to knock out posts in hours as opposed to weeks, the quick look-see into themes produces impressions and summations but on the outside of the machinery.

Nonetheless — the tea leaves:

The Trump Administration’s stance with regard to the decay of the American street is that it would rather not see it, and it appears to believe that what is unseemly may be plainly hounded, starved, or threatened out of existence — or, eventually, thrown into Federal camps or prisons. Its actions, policies, and “vision” have each tended tend toward the promotion of greater desperation for America’s afflicted, marginalized, and struggling souls.

In addition, the Trump Administration’s War on the Poor this Christmas / Solstice Season hardly stops with the latest food stamp debacle. “Medicaid Work Requirements”, a draconian ploy certain to enserf the more miserable and altogether vulnerable of Americans, has been strongly contested by physicians and advocates for the poor. Other Dickensian steps take by the Administration have included deep cuts in Public Housing and Public Transportation budgets, both increasing the discomfort of America’s poorer citizens while threatening their independence as well (at least from the Federal standpoint — states have budgets too, and not all of the 50 are so dumb in relation to providing basic transportation services).

In California, the Trumpian State has been playing tug-of-war with the state’s ability to keep the most vulnerable of its citizens off the streets. Predictably, the President has withheld funding for housing vouchers that would reach some 50,000 souls, according to Governor Gavin Newsom.

One state noted — 49 to go — but here BackChannels may choose to listen to related complaints than dwell in the Patch of Social Issues with other than blog-like focus.

Medicaid Work Requirements

American Academy of Family Physicians. “Medicaid Work Requirements”. Position Statement and Backgrounder, last updated August 2019.

Pear, Robert. “Trump Administration Approves Medicaid Work Requirements in Utah.” The New York Times, March 29, 2019.

Cuts to Public Housing and Public Transportation Budgets

For HUD, the budget requests $44.1 billion in discretionary funding, a 16.4 percent decrease from 2019 funding levels. For DoT, the budget requests $21.4 billion in discretionary spending, a 22 percent decrease from 2019 funding levels.

Andrews, Jeff. “Trump administration proposes dramatic cuts to public housing — again: it’s the fourth time the Trump Administration has taken aim at housing subsidies.” Curbed, March 11, 2019.

Federal Housing Vouchers Withheld

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – In the latest skirmish over California’s homeless crisis, the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, asked President Donald Trump on Thursday to stop withholding federal housing vouchers that could benefit 50,000 homeless people.

Reuters. “California asks Trump administration to release money to fight homelessness.” December 5, 2019.

Fischer, Jonathan L. “Donald Trump Thinks Homeless Is a Scourge. His Administration Just Ousted the Official in Charge of Addressing It.” Slate, November 16, 2019.

Related Online

Hunter, Sarah B., Melody Harvey, Brian Briscombe, Matthew Cefalu. “Housing for Health: A State-of-the-Art Program for Reducing Homelessness in Los Angeles County.” PDF. RAND Corporation, 2017.

Invisible People, December 7, 2019.

Reason, December 5, 2019.

Curbed, March 1, 2018.