Friday, March 17, 2017

Trump's Cruel and Inhuman Budget

Trump’s Cruel and Inhuman Budget

by Stephen Lendman

It’s a budget only Wall Street, war-profiteers, other corporate predators, and America’s privileged class could love. 

It calls for large increases in defense and homeland security spending instead of vitally needed major cuts in both at a time America’s only enemies are ones it invents.

More money for US veterans is long overdue. They’re abysmally treated. They deserve much better. 

A 6% budget increase helps but isn’t enough. If America waged peace instead of permanent wars, wounded, maimed and traumatized vets wouldn’t exist.

Trump’s budget cuts other discretionary spending across the board, vital programs losing out. Though likely to be changed by Congress, here’s what’s proposed for starters:

EPA cut 31%

State Department and USAID cut 29%

Department of Agriculture cut 21%

Labor Department cut 21%

DOJ cut 20%

National Institutes of Health cut 20%

Health and Human Services cut 16%

Commerce cut 16%

Education cut 14%

Transportation cut 13%

Housing and Urban Development cut 12%

Interior Department cut 12%

National Science Foundation and so-called “other agencies” cut up to 10%

Energy Department cut 6%

Treasury Department cut 4%

NASA cut 1%

Agencies targeted for larger cuts or elimination include government-funded medical and scientific research, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, legal and home energy assistance for the poor, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AmeriCorps, the Chemical Safety Board, the Community Development Block Grant Program, Amtrack, the Appalachian Regional Commission, among others.

Trump’s budget is cruel and inhuman, mostly harming America’s most vulnerable, sure to increase hunger, homelessness and overall deprivation - while providing tens of billions more dollars for warmaking, Trump perhaps planning new countries to attack.

His proposed American Healthcare Act (AHCA - Trumpcare) assures less affordability, over 50 million uninsured by 2026, Medicaid recipients hardest hit, the nation’s rich and business benefitting hugely.

His tax cut proposal coming later will benefit corporate America and its privileged class, leaving less revenue for vitally needed social programs.

Trump’s promise to be a leader serving all Americans was hollow. He’s just another dirty politician - favoring the rich, scorning the nation’s least advantaged.

The good news is Congress won’t pass his budget as proposed. 

The bad news is what’s finally enacted will harm most Americans, especially millions impoverished, dependent on help only government can provide.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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