You know, it is with a special kind of hatred toward your words that I read your cavalier, “Maybe even let them cut some spending on the poor.” When Democrats let Reagan cut some spending on the poor in 1981, there was a direct linear causation to my time in foster care. Parents lose AFDC-Unemployed Parent assistance -> we end up with unheated house and no food -> State takes us away. This is little different than being separated from family in authoritarian regimes. But privileged Americans will never know that. You will never know that. It’s just an offhand way to appease the masses to you.
That’s when you can tell it’s really just politics to some people. When you are begging your fellow students for some of their food at lunch time, and that alerts the authorities to your situation, it is survival then, not just politics. But, sure, let’s let them cut some aid to poor. No harm done.