[OP-ED]: Trump's Nightmare Budget
The pot calling the kettle black. That’s what President Trump condemnation of other nations for their human rights record feels like. Apparently for him food, health housing and education do not fall into that category.
You just have to look at his budget proposal –which rewards the rich at the expense of the poor- to understand that this is a man that couldn’t care less about people. A man who has no compunction or shame in presiding over a cruel regime intent in punishing society’s most vulnerable and rewarding those like him for whom no amount of money or privilege is ever enough. A man without compassion or a sense of justice, who doesn’t know the meaning of solidarity.
Consistent with his taste for grandiosity and hyperbole, the budget plan is titled "The New Foundation for American Greatness," although it’s nothing more than another Robin Hood in reverse scheme, as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington think tank, has characterized it.
Trump’s plan would greatly increase money for the defense industry and wealthy taxpayers, which would be paid by decimating safety net programs for the poor. It would increase inequality even more by cutting $1.74 trillion from social safety net programs. Medicaid would suffer $800 billion in cuts over the next 10 years, leaving 10 million people without health care.
Trump, a billionaire who has never had to struggle to feed his family, put a roof over their heads or get them medical attention would also decimate programs like food stamps (SNAP), Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Temporary Assistance for Needy families (TANF). Anti-poverty programs would face a reduction of $274 billion over 10 years.
The infamous border wall, Trump’s monument to racism, would be built and paid for by depriving millions of Americans from the food they need and the medical attention that should be their right.
Defense, border security, and immigration enforcement spending would go through the roof. As has been reported, almost $3 billion would be invested in border security in fiscal year 2018 -- $1.6 billion of which for the wall. Add to this $54 billion increase for the Department of Defense and other national defense programs.
In one of the few bright spots in Trump’s proposed plan Social Security and Medicare would not be affected.
"Reports about details of Trump budget lay to rest any belief that he's looking out for the people the economy has left behind," said Bob Greenstein, the president of Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Trump’s plan has zero chance of being approved by Congress, which is good. Yet, it is an accurate indication of the crassness and inhumanity of the president and his morally questionable associates. A veritable nightmare that must be resisted by all decent people.