A Reverse War On Poverty: Senior Citizen Communities, Working Class In Factories, Urban Concentrations, Prisons, And Health Care Workers–“Dispensable” Populations In Trump’s America

It is now clear that those who are suffering the most in this CoronaVirus Pandemic are the powerless:

Senior Citizens in Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes

Working class people, many of them immigrants, working in meat plants or others working in assembly line type jobs

Poor people living in urban concentrations of housing

People in prisons, both staff and prisoners

Those directly engaged in health care

These groups are the front line of the assault by the CoronaVirus Pandemic, in Trump’s America!

He and his governing class, and the wealthy and upper middle class are, to a great extent, unaffected by this health crisis.

And Trump has the nerve to wish to cut taxes on the elite, while wanting to deny assistance to state and local governments, particularly in the major concentration of population states, many but not all so called “Blue States”.

This must be fought bitterly, as it is a declaration of war by Donald Trump on the American people, for the benefit of the aristocracy that has grown by leaps and bounds, and has no issue with Donald Trump’s lack of humanity and concern for his fellow Americans!

15 comments on “A Reverse War On Poverty: Senior Citizen Communities, Working Class In Factories, Urban Concentrations, Prisons, And Health Care Workers–“Dispensable” Populations In Trump’s America

  1. Jeffrey G Moebus May 6, 2020 8:25 pm

    So far, Ronald, the Democrats in Swampland have gone right along in lock-step with Trump’s :Reverse War On Poverty.”

    How unaffected are all those Democrats in ~ not “his” ~ but The Governing Class? How affected are all those Democrats and their wealthy and upper middle class constituents, benefactors, and beneficiaries?

    If Swampland’s declaration of war against the American people [at Both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue] must be fought bitterly, who do You designate as the progressive, social democrats who will lead that battle?

  2. Ronald May 6, 2020 9:04 pm

    Jeffrey, you well know that the House of Representatives wants a lot more done, but the Republican Senate and the Republican President make that so much harder to accomplish!

    Next year, there will be, hopefully, united government, but meanwhile, the situation is likely to become much worse, which is horrific, but will insure a Democratic President and Congress majority as a result!

    But it is criminal how McConnell and company, and Trump, are having no concern about the plight of so many of the American people, and it will affect much more of the population as the year moves on!

  3. Princess Leia May 6, 2020 10:26 pm

    Republicans are Scrooges.

  4. Jeffrey G Moebus May 7, 2020 6:29 am

    RF: “Jeffrey, you well know that the House of Representatives wants a lot more done, but the Republican Senate and the Republican President make that so much harder to accomplish!”

    i “well know” no such thing, Ronald. What i do know is that the only reason the CARES Act, Parts 1 and 2 got out of the House was because the Democrats let it. Which means that Pelosi, McConnell, and Trump [and their owners, operators, and handlers in “The Governing Class”] made some kind of deal; the details of which we may [or may not] learn about when CARES 3, 4, 5, etc are put on the table.

    RF: “Next year, there will be, hopefully, united government, but meanwhile, the situation is likely to become much worse, which is horrific, but will insure a Democratic President and Congress majority as a result!”

    By “united government,” You of course mean the Democrats controlling both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue in toto. That may give You a “united government,” Professor; but it will not give You a united Nation to govern. Particularly if the final tallies end up in the Court System like Florida in 2000. Only this time, You can bet Your boots that it won’t be just one State that is up for grabs.

    And even if You have Your “united government” in Swampland, putting into actual, effective action all Your solutions to all of America’s problems will ultimately have to occur out there in Trumplandia. Which will be a lot easier to talk about than to actually, really do.

  5. Former Republican May 7, 2020 9:51 am

    Seconded, Professor. The Democrats are helping people who are out of work. I applaud them for doing so.

  6. Princess Leia May 7, 2020 11:45 am

    I’m still hoping Trump will get.

  7. Rustbelt Democrat May 7, 2020 12:38 pm

    My cynical self thinks Dump will be just fine. Hope I’m wrong.

  8. Former Republican May 7, 2020 12:40 pm

    Trumpty Dumbty’s special genius genes will protect him. lol

  9. Pragmatic Progressive May 7, 2020 12:45 pm

    Other than being an impeached president he’s managed to slither out of suffering any serious consequences — no mater what he has said or what he has done.
    So, it seems unlikely the COVID19 will bring him down. He may just be too mean, too rotten, too black-hearted, even for a virus.

  10. Princess Leia May 7, 2020 12:49 pm

    Trump should take his own advice and start taking hydroxycholoquine, washed down with some Chlorox while sitting under a UV light.
    What does he have to lose?
    Ha. Ha.

  11. Rational Lefty May 7, 2020 12:51 pm

    Trump is said to be a paranoid germaphobe. One has to imagine him freaking out at this news. He must be asking himself these questions. Was I infected? Will I be asymptomatic? Will I get sick, but recover quickly? Will I get seriously ill and have major complications? Will I die a slow, painful death? Perhaps now he has an inkling about what many people are feeling on a daily basis. I doubt it, but you never know.

  12. Southern Liberal May 7, 2020 12:52 pm

    Illness is one thing, but I really hope this virus doesn’t rob us of the ability to see him go to prison.

  13. Pragmatic Progressive May 7, 2020 1:34 pm

    Killing Obamacare During a Pandemic Is Not a Good Reelection Strategy


    It seems like the star that guides Donald Trump is the destruction of anything Barack Obama accomplished as president. We’re familiar with the big ticket items: the Paris climate agreement, the nuclear deal with Iran, and the Affordable Care Act. It’s this last one that has bedeviled Trump.

    The Republican-led Congress of 2017-18 tried and failed to enact a repeal and replacement of Obamacare. This left the Trump administration with the unenviable job of running a health care program they had promised to eliminate. When they lost control of the House in the 2018 midterms, they also lost any opportunity to try the legislative route a second time during Trump’s first term.

    That left the judicial route.

    [The case before the [Supreme Court] was brought by a group of Republican states, and as part of that case, the Trump administration is seeking to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act, which passed in 2010 and became one of President Barack Obama’s most significant legislative victories…
    …The latest ACA suit was organized by Republican attorneys general in Texas and other states. When the Trump administration declined to defend the law, a coalition of Democratic-led states entered.
    The case began after the Republican-led Congress in 2017, unable to secure the votes to abolish the law, reduced to zero the penalty for a person not buying health insurance. Lawyers for the state of Texas argued that in doing so, Congress had removed the essential tax element that the Supreme Court had previously ruled made the program constitutional.
    A district judge in Texas agreed and said the entire law must fall. Eventually the Trump administration agreed with that assessment.]

    This past Monday, Attorney General William Barr argued in a private White House strategy session that it was bad politics to continue this quest in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s seems like unassailable advice.

    [The high court plans to hear arguments in the case later this year, and a decision may not come until 2021, well after the November election.]

    The Court’s ruling is unlikely to come down before the election in November, and that can cut both ways. On the plus side for Trump, he can remain consistent in his determination to destroy Obama’s signature achievement without worrying that anyone will actually have lost their health care coverage as a result when they go to the polls. On the other hand, every other part of this is a big negative for him.

    He won’t succeed in eliminating the Affordable Care Act in his first term, so he can’t run on that achievement. But everyone will know that he is still trying to accomplish it, and that his promises to preserve the most popular parts of the law ring hollow since he couldn’t come up with a successful plan even when the Republicans had the congressional power to do it.

    Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown tens of millions of people into unemployment, so the demand for non-employer supplied health insurance is at an unprecedented high. The demand for health care services is also through the roof, and hospitals have been devastated by their inability to perform profit-making elective surgeries. they are in a terrible position to be treating millions of uninsured patients.

    If anything, the pandemic has exposed weaknesses in our health care delivery that lend support to rethinking the employer-based system. It’s time to be more ambitious rather than less.

    Trump’s basic argument comes down to this:

    [“We want to terminate health care under Obamacare,” Trump told reporters Wednesday, the last day for his administration to change its position in a Supreme Court case challenging the law. “Obamacare, we run it really well. . . . But running it great, it’s still lousy health care.”]

    He’s saying that his administration is doing “really well” at delivering people “lousy health care.” Never mind that he’s got that backwards, it’s still an admission that his performance is not good. The second phase of his argument is the exact same as the one he made during the effort to pass a replacement bill. He says he’ll maintain popular things like a ban on refusing plans for people with pre-existing conditions, but he and the Republicans could never discover a way to make private insurers provide unprofitable plans that didn’t also require healthy people to buy very profitable plans. If he can’t articulate a way around that problem, no one will have confidence that a total repeal of Obamacare won’t eliminate these protections.

    In any case, Trump did not take William Barr’s advice, and the administration is still going to argue before the Supreme Court that the entire Affordable Care Act should be scrapped. People will not know the outcome before they vote, but they’ll know that it’s possible that the conservative Supreme Court will side with Trump, and they’ll want some confidence that the next administration has a plan in place if that’s the outcome.

    This obviously boosts health care as a topic of interest to the electorate, and that’s exactly what Trump does not want.

    [Trump has been mask averse for weeks. Within minutes of the CDC announcing its updated mask recommendations, he said, “I don’t think that I’m going to be doing it.”
    Trump has told advisers that he believes wearing one would “send the wrong message,” according to one administration and two campaign officials not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations. The president said doing so would make it seem like he is preoccupied with health instead of focused on reopening the nation’s economy — which his aides believe is the key to his reelection chances.]

    Trump believes that his reelection depends on the electorate placing economic anxieties over anxieties about living or dying. If that’s his assessment, then he should be doing whatever he can to calm people’s health care anxieties.

    Enrollment in Obamacare marketplace plans declined somewhat during Trump’s term, with the drop largely attributed to high employment levels where people were obtaining coverage through their new jobs. That trend has obviously been reversed.

    The job for Joe Biden is straightforward. By his own admission, Trump is delivering “lousy health care” and he’s trying to eliminate subsidized health care coverage for millions of people at a time when millions have lost their employer-provided plans along with their jobs. Anyone with a preexisting condition will have difficulty getting a new plan if the Affordable Care Act is scrapped by the Supreme Court. Other protections, like being able to keep your child on your plan until they’re 26, will also go away.

    When you add this to Trump’s terrible performance on the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a very strong case for replacing the president.

    Trump should have listened to William Barr. If he wants people to be less stressed about health care, he shouldn’t be trying to take away people’s insurance. That ought to be a no-brainer.

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