SPLC: Poverty is far from 'over,' as Trump administration claims

The Trump administration’s assertion that we have won the ‘war on poverty’ reveals just how out of touch these billionaire fat cats are. 

Facts tell a starkly different story. 

According to the government’s own data, more than 40 million people live in poverty in this country. And according to a recent survey by the Federal Reserve, two out of every five Americans cannot cover an emergency $400 expense. Poverty, and the perils of living paycheck to paycheck, are pervasive in our country. Programs that provide food, medical care, and housing assistance provide a life preserver to those struggling against the tide.

Our leaders should be devising ways to help people gain a stronger economic footing, rather than trying to pull the rug out from underneath them by restricting access to public benefits.