Wed. 6/19: Welfare for the rich requires a lot of taking from the poor. Comment on this deliberately deceptive rule, deadline Friday, 6/21, 11:59 pm EST.

Action  – Write a comment on the administration’s manipulation of the Consumer Price Index to hurt vulnerable populations.

To improve poverty stats in time for his campaign trail, the Trump administration has decided to pretend that we have fewer poor people. “Instead of actually doing anything to cut poverty in America, Trump is trying to fudge the numbers to artificially ‘reduce’ the U.S. poverty rate,” said Rebecca Vallas, vice president of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress. “It’s mathematical gaslighting.” And it’s more than just words – they’re going to do it by weaponizing inflation. If you already understand the economic shenanigans involved here, go ahead and comment. If your eyes just glazed over a little, would you be more interested if we told you that he’s taking money from you too?

  • Proposed rule change here.
  • Comment here.

Weaponizing Inflation – Think of this as a war game. 

The Trump administration’s favorite activity is vacuuming up money from the lower and middle classes into their own pockets, by either misdirecting our attention with well-timed presidential tantrums, or worse, making us co-conspirators.

The object of today’s game is obstensibly to punish the poor, a group that is both ignored and shamed in GOP America. What many of us reluctant players didn’t realize was when the 2017 #TaxScam passed, a bigger game had already started. The middle class, women and the elderly had just joined the poor on the losing side. By structuring this rule request around both a scapegoat class and using dry economic formulas and unfamiliar economic terms as weapons, they are discouraging us from playing. The GOP then scoops the money from the field, all the while saying, “But we told you what we were doing.”

How what you don’t know about can actually hurt you.

Let’s dive in, like an online language course, with some explanatory pictures and get into details later. All you need to know right now is that the rate of inflation helps determine all lot of things, including the poverty line and tax brackets. And that at least one of those items may already be screwing you.

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