Trying figure out the phenomenon of working poor people of supporting Republicans is troubling, but trying to figure out why many of them continue to support President Donald Trump is not even something the wisest of philosophers can figure out. From his efforts at killing Medicaid to his tax cut scam that rob the poor to give to the rich, it’s obvious he has absolutely zero intentions of helping the millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet.
His latest efforts at shaming the poor involve a desire to gut the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are being met with furor by both parties. LIHEAP is a heating assistance program that helps Americans stay warm during our increasingly frigid winters, Trump, who previously tried nixing the program but luckily was thwarted by Congress, falsely claims the program is rife with abuse.
Mark Wolfe, director of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association in Washington, D.C., said:
“These arguments are very misleading and wrong.”
Not only are Trump’s arguments spurious, but they represent they type fo sociopathic sickness we’ve come to expect from this horrendous president. The heating assistance program predominantly serves seniors living on fixed incomes and people on disability. It does this by offering grants that are sent directly to utility companies.
But the program also helps these people stay cool during our scorching summers due to climate change, which is something else Trump fails to grasp.
Dwayne LaBrecque, a diabetic who is on disability after losing several toes and part of his foot to infection, said:
“If the president turned around and did away with that funding, I have no idea how we’d survive in the winter.”
Congress, including serval Republicans, flatly shot down his provision in Trump’s 2017 budget and they appear ready to do so again. Republican Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), a member of the Appropriations Committee, is among those the Republican members of Congress who will not support this disgusting attack on the poor.
Hoeven says he’s prepared to make sure the program continues to provide “vital resources” to the seniors and the working poor.
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