People want to blame President Trump and his new tax plan. The reality is that while America is the most wealthiest nation, Congress (both Democrats and Republicans) have failed the American people. What follows is an excerpt from Kiro News.
Alston does not place American poverty on the current president. Rather, he points the finger more toward Congress and years-worth of policies. He does, however, worry about affects the Trump administration’s actions will have on the crisis.
“The combination of the tax cuts … and the massive reductions in the already-low welfare benefits we are going to see in the next year will produce a much less functioning society,” Alston said. “It will exacerbate the differences between the hyper-rich and the poor and will lead to demands for significant change. That puts the political system under pressure. Which is why academics are worried about the sustainability of American democracy because democracy does depend on each of the citizens feeling they have a stake in the overall system. If even the middle classes are going to start being eclipsed in the roles they play, that should have pretty big implications. That’s worrying.”
Alston says that many poor voters have simply given up on the system. Large swaths of poor groups are disenfranchised. For example, the criminal system disproportionately puts minorities in jail, then felons cannot vote. There have also been cases where voting stations are placed where poorer people cannot easily access them.
What America needs to realize, according to the poverty expert, is that government and regulation are not evil things, rather, they economically benefit different groups at different times. But poor people are disadvantaged all the time.