Is It Really a ‘Foundation For American Greatness’?
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It is with apprehension that I have received this piece of information regarding Trump’s full budget proposal, “A New Foundation For American Greatness” on May 22, 2017, for it is a terrible budget for the Trump voters. Although there is an overall increase of $4.1 trillion spending in the proposal, spending more on defense, border security, infrastructure, and federal paid family leave program, but drastic cuts to many safety net and various domestic programs such as environment, education, student loans, scientific research, and medicaid. Programs such as food stamps (SNAP, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program), Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits, additional income for poor seniors, disabled adults and children (SSI), Medicaid, student loans, and public assistance for needy families (TANF) are all reduced. There is a $14 billion cuts from HHS (Health and Human Services) budget, 19% cut from National Cancer Institute budget, and major cuts from CDC (Centers for Disease Control) . The administration estimates that the president’s budget would reduce overall spending by $3.6 trillion over the next 10 years, leading to a fiscal conservative’s dream: a balanced budget by 2027 with a reduction in the nation’s cumulative debt as a share of the economy. But the projected economic growth is less likely to occur if much of the scientific researches are being cut. Lack of concern for education, health care, and scientific research would not be good for the health of the country in the long run.
Increased spending in infrastructure is long over due and a definite welcomed feature. But it is also understandable why critics are calling it a Reversed-Robin Hood budget proposal, take from the poor to give to the rich. For it is cutting much of the budget for the poor and needy while increasing much tax breaks for the wealthy. But Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney calls for “compassion for the rich” and “taxpayer first”. He also stated, “We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs….We are going to measure compassion…by the number of people we help get off of those programs…” Trump’s goal is to get millions of people off welfare and into full-time jobs.
If you simply want a synopsis of the budget, I can share with you the Stephen Colbert‘s quick summary, below:
Below, is a video of Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Speaking on FY2018 budget, on May 23, 2017:
Below, David Stockman: Trump’s Budget will be DOA (Dead On Arrival):
American people need the bipartisan support and decision in viewing and voting on this budget proposal. Voters, it’s time for you to express your opinions! Contact your Senators and Representatives!
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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