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Thursday, June 1, 2017
Trump's Budget Is Immoral
This is indeed profoundly immoral. We all must join together to resist
and transform the forces of greed, ignorance, and power that
harm rather than honor and protect life.
Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney listens to U.S. President Donald Trump speak during a "strategic initiatives" lunch at the White House in Washington, February 22.(Photo: Reuters)
The economic theory President Trump has embraced with this budget, trickle-down economics, is an abysmal failure and a fraud
The budget introduced this week by the Trump administration constitutes nothing less than a massive transfer of wealth from working families, the elderly, children, the sick and the poor to the top 1%.
At a time when the very rich are already getting much richer while the middle class continues to shrink, this is a budget for the billionaire class, for Wall Street, for corporate CEOs, and for the wealthiest people in this country.
This is a budget that says that if you are therichest family in America, you will get a multi-billion-dollar tax break through therepeal of the estate tax. But, at the same time, if you are a lower income senior citizen you willnot be able to getthe one nutritious meal a day you now receive through the Meals on Wheels program or the help you desperately need if you have a disability and are trying to survive on a $1,200 a month Social Security check.
This is a budget that says that if you are thesecond-wealthiest family in America-- a family that has contributed many hundreds of millions to the Republican Party -- billions are also coming your way. But if you are a working-class student trying to figure out how you could possibly afford college, your dream of a college education could evaporate because of more than$143 billion in cutsto student financial assistance programs.
This is a budget which offers you tax breaks if you are a member of the Trump family, but if you are a child of a working class family you could welllosethe health insurance you currently have through the Children's Health Insurance program and massive cuts to Medicaid. At a time when we remain one of theonlymajor countries on earth not to guarantee health care to all, this budget makes a bad situation worse in terms of health care.
When Donald Trump campaigned for president, he told the American people thathe would be a different type of Republican, one who would take on the political and economic establishment, stand up for working people, and consider the pain that families all over this country were feeling.
Sadly, this budget exposes all of that verbiage for what it really was -- cheap campaign rhetoric that was meant to get votes.
During the campaign, candidate Trumptweeted:"I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid." But it wasn't just a tweet. It was a cornerstone of his campaign.
On April 18, 2015, Trumpsaid: "Every Republican wants to do a big number on Social Security, they want to do it on Medicare, they want to do it on Medicaid. And we can't do that."
But now that he is President, Donald Trump hasproposed a budgetthat would cut Social Security for people with severe disabilities, raid Medicare and gut Medicaid by more thana trillion dollarsover the next decade. He has put his name on a budget which will make it harder for our children to get a decent education, harder for working families to get the health care they desperately need, harder for families to put food on the table, harder to protect our environment, and harder for the elderly to live out their retirement years in dignity.