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Poverty in rural Michigan is a federal policy choice

Poverty in America is a complex issue that requires careful examination of our policies and their impacts.

Throughout history, certain policy choices have had significant effects on poverty rates.

During the Great Depression, President FDR implemented policies that reduced unemployment from 25% to 10%.

President Lyndon Johnson's introduction of initiatives like Medicare, Medicaid, and various Great Society programs helped decrease poverty rates from 22% to 13%.

These policies focused on areas such as housing, nutrition, and healthcare, showcasing the potential impact of well-designed government assistance programs.

It is disheartening to see that the failure to renew the enhanced child tax credit has resulted in a significant increase in childhood poverty from 5.2% to 12.4%. This calls for a closer examination of our current policies and the need for improvement.

Over 13% of Michigan's First District lives in poverty. Some counties in #MI01 are double that. We have some of the poorest rural communities in the Midwest and a Congressman who has consistently voted against every anti-poverty bill that came before him.

The vanishing middle class — and the fact that 70% of welfare recipients are full-time workers — raises important questions about the effectiveness of our current federal policies.

As a candidate running for Congress, I am committed to advocating for the implementation of livable wages, universal healthcare, and improved educational opportunities.

Together, we can work towards creating a society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.


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