Re­ac­tions to Trump’s bud­get

The Denver Post - - OPINION -

Re: “Pri­or­ity shift,” March 17 news story.

That Don­ald Trump is a riot! In his car­ni­val-barker cam­paign, he claimed he would build the “most beau­ti­ful wall” and make Mex­ico pay, while his “some­thing ter­rific” health care plan would cover ev­ery­one cheaper than the Af­ford­able Care Act. I know! It sounded un­re­al­is­tic to me, too! Guess what? Mex­ico ain’t pay­ing and 24 mil­lion peo­ple will lose health care cov­er­age to what is es­sen­tially a tax cut for the rich dis­guised as health care re­form.

So now Trump wants to build a mas­sive mil­i­tary and ridicu­lous wall at the ex­pense of the en­vi­ron­ment, di­plo­macy, sci­en­tific re­search, agri­cul­ture, Big Bird and any other public good to so­ci­ety. Make no mis­take, these are all public goods. The guy is a snake-oil sales­man and a po­lit­i­cal fun­house mir­ror, dis­tort­ing re­al­ity along the way. Bud­gets are moral doc­u­ments and this is an im­moral, heart­less and soul-de­stroy­ing bud­get. Un­for­tu­nately, the joke is on us. Tom Sa­bel, Lake­wood

BBB As a med­i­cal so­cial worker, I helped frail se­niors ac­cess food through Meals on Wheels af­ter they ar­rived home from the hos­pi­tal. When peo­ple are phys­i­cally un­able to cook, drive to a gro­cery store, or af­ford a de­liv­ery fee, Meals on Wheels lit­er­ally keeps them alive. This is a low-bud­get, vol­un­teer-run pro­gram to meet peo­ple’s most ba­sic need.

For many se­niors, that meal is the only one they have each day, and de­liv­ery vol­un­teers may pro­vide their only so­cial in­ter­ac­tion. Fed­eral bud­get cuts that would re­duce fund­ing for this pro­gram il­lus­trate the cal­lous­ness and cru­elty per­me­at­ing the GOP’s po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy in the name of “sav­ing money” while re­dis­tribut­ing it to the wealth­i­est Amer­i­cans. Pro­mot­ing cuts to es­sen­tial ser­vices as “com­pas­sion­ate” is ill-con­ceived irony. I be­lieve most of us are will­ing to have our tax money al­lo­cated to keep se­niors from starv­ing. Some things are worth pay­ing for. Sue Ke­ston, Boul­der

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