(GEORGE CURRY MEDIA)—While you were focusing on the antics of Donald Trump and young people “feeling the Bern,” Republicans at the state and federal level were stepping up their attacks on the poor.
When I was covering Jesse Jackson’s 1984 presidential campaign, he had a term for this kind of callous behavior by elected officials. He described each as a “Reverse Robin Hood“ because they rob from the poor to give to the rich.
In my home state of Alabama, for example, Republican State Senator Arthur Orr has submitted a bill that would, if enacted, place restrictions on two programs that primarily benefit the poor—the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamps, and Temporary Aid to Needy Families.
According to the Montgomery Advertiser, “The legislation would cut eligibility for Temporary Aid for Needy Familiesfrom five years to three. It would also require TANF recipients to sign a paper acknowledging they would stick to the requirements of the program, including those related to work. The bill would also prevent the Alabama Department of Human Resources from seeking work waivers for those receiving SNAP, and would also require EBT cards for recipients of public benefits to have photos on them. The legislation would also end SNAP eligibility for anyone who may not be cooperating with child care enforcement.”