Don­ald Trump’s nasty bud­get

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DUR­ING HIS pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, Don­ald Trump told the “for­got­ten men and women of our coun­try” that he would cham­pion them. As ev­i­dence that he was a dif­fer­ent kind of Repub­li­can, he promised not to cut Medi­care, Med­i­caid and other pro­grams that ben­e­fit poor and mid­dle-class fam­i­lies. On Mon­day, Pres­i­dent Trump pro­posed a bud­get that would slash spend­ing on Medi­care, Med­i­caid, food stamps, trans­porta­tion and other essen­tial gov­ern­ment ser­vices, all while in­creas­ing the fed­eral deficit.

The pro­posed bud­get would slash spend­ing on medi­care

Mr. Trump’s 2019 bud­get, com­bined with the tax cuts Repub­li­cans passed last year, would amount to one of the great­est trans­fers of wealth from the poor to the rich in gen­er­a­tions. It would also charge tril­lions of dol­lars in new debt to the ac­count of fu­ture Amer­i­cans. It’s a plan that could please only far-right ide­o­logues who want to dis­solve nearly ev­ery part of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, save the mil­i­tary.The pro­posal would raise mil­i­tary spend­ing by 14.1 per­cent while cut­ting fund­ing for the State Depart­ment — the agency that has a man­date to re­solve prob­lems with­out go­ing to war — by 26.9 per­cent. It would cut the Depart­ment of Health by 20.3 per­cent and the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion by 10.5 per­cent.

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