On April 10, 2018, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order offering nine “Principles of Economic Prosperity” to lift poor people out of poverty. The plan seeks to achieve “prosperity” for poor people largely by cutting assistance for poor people. This is based on a supply-side economic theory that if you stop watering a plant long enough, the plant will eventually crawl out of its comfortable pot and find water on its own. In the plan’s nine principles, there are nine corresponding double standards in Trump’s own personal pathway to prosperity.
Originally published by The Nation.