Following Thursday’s release of President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, it’s safe to say that he doesn’t quite understand what “America first” means.
He’s been touting these words around to justify his anti-immigration rhetoric and to make Americans believe he will bring jobs back to the U.S. — but his proposed budget cuts are going to strip thousands of jobs away.
As The Guardian aptly put it, this budget plan is “designed to fleece taxpayers, enrich defense contractors, punish agencies deemed disloyal, and screw the poor at every turn.”
This point is evidenced by the huge slashes to the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, which defied his climate change gag order earlier this year by creating rogue Twitter accounts — along with the defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is on par with his ongoing war with the media.
Additionally, he’s proposing major cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Who does this most greatly impact? The poor! And all of the “inner-cities” that Trump seems to believe all black people reside in.
In the same realm, he plans to cut from public education, agriculture, public transportation, and food assistance for the poor. All of these cuts also directly target low-income, underprivileged families.
This is what Trump wants to do/is going to do to our budget, just so you guys know. This is a big deal. pic.twitter.com/DA0u5JL0xv— Alexis Isabel (@lexi4prez) March 16, 2017
But wait: POTUS has proposed a 10 percent increase in the Pentagon’s budget, and a 6 percent increase in the budget of the Department of Homeland Security, including $1.7 billion allotted to beginning construction on his godforsaken wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Making matters worse, Trump actually titled his budget blueprint, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” — which has got to be equivalent to a heavy-handed slap in the face to all of the U.S.
According to Talking Points Memo, top Democrat on the House Budget Committee Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) told reporters that Trump’s proposed budget would, “wreak enormous damage on the American people” — and even that was an understatement.
"It will be extremely cold-hearted, but more importantly, it will jeopardize the health and safety of American citizens," Yarmuth added.
In addition to civilians being negatively impacted, these cuts will also result in many people losing jobs who have occupations in the areas that are being gutted.
Trump’s budget was not developed with America’s best interest in mind; it was clearly devised to reward friends and supporters and punish dissenters, as well as stifle climate change research.
Although the likelihood of Congress passing this ridiculous budget is slim to none, they will have to compromise and come to an agreement with the president, or risk a government shutdown.
Essentially, Congress will have to bargain with Trump to make his budget proposal slightly less tyrannical, but it will ultimately still screw Americans over.
What may be the saddest — yet, ironic — takeaway from this ordeal is that most of Trump’s own rural, working class supporters will be hit hardest by these cuts.
Just two months in, and here is what “making America great again” looks like.
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