10/7 The Tragic Cost of American Child Poverty w/ Jeff Madrick

October 7, 2020

Sam hosts economist and author Jeff Madrick to discuss his latest book, Invisible Americans: The Tragic Cost of Child Poverty and how coronavirus austerity will further strip the US welfare system.

On today’s show: Trump tweets that he’s cutting off negotiations on Covid relief package, then promises Covid relief in nighttime tweets.

Economist and author Jeff Madrick joins Sam to discuss his latest book, Invisible Americans: The Tragic Cost of Child Poverty and how coronavirus austerity will further strip the US welfare system. What people should understand about child poverty. The astronomical level of child poverty in the US compared to other rich nations. The problems with designing “anti-poverty” programs around the idea that poverty is a choice. Recommendations for how legislators should actually approach the problem and the obvious necessity of giving money to poor families.

On the fun half: TUESDAY: Trump spokesman asked if Trump was tested before Tuesday debate: “I don’t have that.” TUESDAY: George Washington University doctor says he thinks Trump was not tested before debate, says CDC is concerned Trump is “patient zero.” Trump feels great, according to letter from Dr. Conley. Old news anchor Brit Hume insists Biden should agree to debate Trump even if Trump is Covid positive. Martha McSally cannot bring herself to say “I Support Donald Trump” in Arizona Senate debate. Tom Cotton says “there’s a venerable tradition” of “wheeling in Senators” to vote on important legislation. Tucker praises Trump’s Covid recovery, makes fun of media, says everyone has access to medicine Trump received: “Hard to imagine a more positive message.” Brian Kilmeade asks why Trump tweeted and tanked the stock market, Mark Meadows says Pelosi numbers are too high. AOC says without Covid relief there will be a mass eviction crisis. Dave Rubin says liberals have arrived at “end of secularism,” says we live in chaos because of it. Trailer for “Reclaim Idaho” film about doorknocking for Medicaid expansion. Plus, your IMs.

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