Trump’s budget proposal skinny but overweight
It’s called a “skinny budget,” because it’s just a president’s blueprint for where the federal money goes, and it doesn’t get into details. Those will be fleshed out later.
Actually, this one is anorexic, containing the usual bullet points that Donald Trump always prefers rather than getting tangled in the weeds of messy specifics. However, even these budgetary bullet points target the entire notion that the United States has a kindhearted government.
The money largely affirms the idea that this is a nation in a defensive crouch. There are huge increases for our armed forces and homeland security, including that wall that has become Trump’s trademark. Somebody has to pay for it all—plus the tax cuts for the super-rich he envisions—and that would be the non-super-rich. Just like always.
The programs that will be gutted feed the poor and elderly, and address the extensive hunger in children that is a shame on America. In the past, the funding has gone to support education, and protect against fouling our nation’s and the world’s environment.
It is a concoction whose recipe compiled by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, whose rationalization for abandoning the malnourished, for instance, twists normal language into tangles of meaninglessness and, might I add, meanness.
Try this on for size. Mulvaney feels too “compassionate” toward the taxpayers “to go to them and say, ‘Look, we’re not going to ask you for your hard-earned money anymore.’”
Too “compassionate” to pay for the Meals on Wheels program, that lifeline for the shut-in elderly and disabled? Or the program that provides out-of-school meals to children who would otherwise not eat?
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