Another bad budget from Trump targets the poor

Some Republicans don't seem too fond of President Donald Trump's budget plan.

Mulvaney's appearance was one of four slated on Wednesday as Trump Cabinet officials fanned out on Capitol Hill to defend Trump's budget, which contains jarring, politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety net and a broad swath of domestic programs.

"Through streamlined government, we will drive an economic boom that raises incomes and expands job opportunities for all Americans", Trump declared in his budget message.

Women with student loans who are nurses, teachers, public defenders, or law enforcement officers would also be hit hard by this bill.

In a hearing before a House panel, Kelly insisted that it made sense to cut roughly $767 million from state and local grant programs, money meant to help local authorities prevent and respond to terrorist attacks and other disasters, because the funds are no longer needed.

The proposal "should be of concern to all rural Americans", said Minnesota U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee. Mexico emphatically rejects that notion.

Military aid to Israel and Egypt, two close United States allies in the Middle East and the biggest recipients of USA military assistance, will remain unchanged, Mulvaney said. But, at the same time, if you are a lower income senior citizen you will not be able to get the 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.

"Anyone who supports this budget or the rest of this administration's disturbing agenda has shown disdain for the American people", said Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson. "They're not mere shavings, they're deep, deep cuts". They argue although the federal budget proposal shifts the burden on states to manage many of these subsidies, they are simply not set up to do so.

The Trump budget adheres to the Republican vision of work requirements for all able-bodied individuals, and use of government programs as a stop-gap rather than a way of life.

"Going down this path all but guarantees there will be no new farm bill", Peterson said. "Come on. That doesn't add up".

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said since the budget is a projection over several years, the "cut" from Medicaid is the administration saying it's not going to spend as much as previously projected out.

But the budget does feature a major domestic initiative - a six-week paid parental leave program headed by Ivanka Trump that would be designed and financed by the states through cuts to unemployment insurance, at a projected cost of $25 billion over the next 10 years. "In his budget, President Trump has broken promise after promise after promise to working people without any shame, without any remorse, without any explanation". Dick Durbin of IL. To that end, Manning said implementing the Trump economic program could provide immediate relief: "when the President's tax, regulatory and trade reforms take effect, the economic growth that they create should be a windfall for the USA economy - as more discouraged workers enter the labor force after a decade-long losing streak, and real wages finally increase". The cuts include $800 billion from Medicaid and $193 billion from food stamps.

The other is to cut tax revenue overall but count on the cuts to spur enough economic growth to compensate for them.

The Trump budget could compound those restrictions by reducing the rate of growth in federal Medicaid funding even more.

"The president promised to increase infrastructure investment, but his budget actually cuts more money from infrastructure programs than the new money it puts in", Schumer stormed.

Trump's balanced-budget goal depends not only on the growth projections that most economists view as overly optimistic but also a variety of accounting gimmicks, including an nearly $600 billion peace dividend from winding down overseas military operations and "double counting" $2.1 trillion in revenues from economic growth - using them to both pay for tax cuts and bring down the deficit.

  • Leroy Wright