When White House officials decided to talk publicly about a big boost in defense spending and big cuts for EPA, the State Department, and foreign assistance while still deep in their internal negotiation process, they did so for political reasons, making a direct case to voters devoid of any clearly stated policy rationale. It’s been encouraging, and even a little bit surprising, to see strong and quick statements of opposition coming from key Republicans in the Senate and House as well as the military community. But the reality remains that the White House has decided to politicize foreign assistance in a way that we have not seen for over 30 years.
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A key goal of tax-and-spending policies is to alleviate poverty by redistributing income from the haves to the have-nots. The extent that this is possible depends on the balance between the number of higher earners and the number of poor people, and the efficiency of the mechanisms used.
“Poverty is a Form of Violence” – International Women’s Day Podcast with Women’s Work Campaigner Reema Nanavaty
In India, 94% of women in the labor force are in the unorganized sector, their work is generally unrecognized and they often receive no regular salary or workplace benefits. Women can be trapped in perpetual poverty.