This one is all about the social factory, the social wage, and white supremacy. Really, that's it. We tend to treat cutbacks in public spending, or cutting programs, and all that as some separate category of capitalism. It's not. All of the social assistance programs, all of the programs that are there to help out, or make life better are really just part of the wage workers get, only it is coming from the state which is either acting on behalf or is (depending on your point of view) collective capitalism. It is there to deal with the subsistence of the working class, its reproduction, and it saves private capital, seemingly, to take care of some real need their workers have so that their labor power can be purchased more cheaply.
So when you see a program, like the lead paint program in Detroit, cut what is really happening is an attempt to create more surplus value out of the class as a whole, it is an attempt at dealing with the declining rate of surplus value, no different really, then cutting wages, or worker benefits on the job, or increasing hours, or whatever. It is putting the squeeze on. It is happening outside the factory because in reality there is no more outside the factory. We all live in one big social factory where everything we do has to be about Capital now, about reproduction, accumulation, etc. ad. nausium.
It is usually racist and white supremacist as well. Look at Detroit. White working people (waged and unwaged) will suffer from this cutback (the accompanying article contains a video with a "white person" in the feature role), but it is black working people who will really take the hit. I don't have a survey handy, but I would bet dollars to donuts that the numbers and percentage of black folks who live in housing where their children are exposed to lead poisoning is far greater than the number of white folks. I sure as hell also know that the number of poor children exposed to lead poisoning is far greater then the number of wealthy kids.
Don't let them fool you that cutting these types of programs is somehow in your or anyone else's (but for Mr. Capitalist) benefit. It also isn't because some evil person woke up one day and said, "well, hell, what can we do to hurt working people or black people or whomever today." It is not austerity. It's about profit. It's about surplus value. It's about the collective capitalist and the social worker. It always is. Pretty much everything is in the world of Empire and Global Capital.
The following is from the Detroit Free Press.