Help Stop the Government from Recycling Totally Bogus Ideas!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like…1981?

With the federal tax bill’s passage, Congressional leaders will turn their attention to cutting or changing programs that help Americans weather life storms, like food stamps and Medicaid, in 2018. One of the possible options may be “block grants,” which was first introduced 36 years ago. Who wants old, repackaged ideas from 1981?

Watch our full-length video (or part one and two below, with the full transcript) to find out what “block grants” really are and why the U.S. government shouldn’t recycle such bogus ideas from the 1980s.

Then, share it with others! Help more people understand what may be proposed by our federal legislators and why it’s “grody to the max” for all of us. And know you have the power, with your voice, to urge elected officials to pursue NEW solutions that will strengthen our communities and economy, and support all Americans in reaching their full potential.

 

Yello! I’m Doug, and we need to talk about how some in our federal government are trying to go totally 80s on us…and why that should make you want to gag on a spoon.

First, let’s flashback to 1981.

Believe it or not, “The Greatest American Hero” became a hit show, along with the “A Team” and “Magnum P.I.” MTV had just launched. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” hit theaters. Cabbage Patch Kids, My Little Ponies, Care Bears and The Smurfs were becoming the craze for kids. The first PC was released. And we can’t forget the style of the early 80s…big hair, perms and the rad clothes.

That’s also the year when “block grants” became popular with our federal government. Barf me out!

Whatcha talkin’ bout? What’s a block grant? Well, that’s when the U.S. federal government grants each state a set amount of money for support programs, such as food assistance that helps families and individuals purchase groceries when weathering one of life’s storms.

BUT, that “block” of money doesn’t take into account the actual cost or actual need. Once the funds are allocated and spent, your state would have to pick up any costs over and beyond. So, if there’s another economic downturn or a natural disaster—say a wildfire, tornado, flood or hurricane—then it falls on the state—and you, the taxpayers—to act as the financial first responders if people lost their home, food, and other necessities.

Those in favor of block granting call it by many names—streamlining, customizing, consolidating, flexibility, or “opportunity” grants. It may sound seductive but actually would erode local government’s responsiveness to its citizens, all the while cutting benefits for those eligible, including working adults, kids, seniors, veterans, and those who are disabled.

You may have heard it called “Roadmap for America’s Future” in 2008, the “Path to Prosperity” in 2012, or “A Better Way: A Vision for a Confident America” in 2016.

Or, maybe if you’re a little (or a lot) older, you remember President Clinton’s block granting cash assistance in 1996, or when Regan proposed it in—you guessed it—1981.

Since block grants were first proposed 36 years ago, here are a few things that have been invented:

The world wide web
Disposable cameras
DNA fingerprinting
Doppler radar
MP3 players and DVDs
Prozac and Viagra
Facebook, Google and YouTube
And smartphones

And as much as we love recycling—it’s 2017. Who wants old, repackaged ideas from 1981? Grody to the max!

We need elected officials who have vision, new ideas, innovation. Leaders who will devise NEW solutions that will strengthen our communities and economy, and help all people reach their potential.

So, PLEASE share this video!

Help stop our government from recycling totally bogus ideas from the 80s. Let’s flash forward, not backwards.

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