Oliver Willis

Cooling Programs Cut For Poor, Tax Cuts For The Rich

In American society, we’ve decided to let the rich step on the poor in almost every way possible.

Many states hit hardest by this week’s searing heat wave have drastically cut or entirely eliminated programs that help poor people pay their electric bills, forcing thousands to go without air conditioning when they need it most.

Oklahoma ran out of money in just three days. Illinois cut its program to focus on offering heating money for the winter ahead. And Indiana isn’t taking any new applicants. When weighed against education and other budget needs, cooling assistance has been among the first items cut, and advocates for the poor say that could make this heat wave even more dangerous.

One measure of a society is how it treats its least well off. By that measure, we’re doing a crappy job in America.