President Donald J. Trump’s first budget as the nation’s chief executive was released last Tuesday and immediately fell under assault by establishment politicians in both parties who have obviously lost sight of their moral and constitutional duty to leave the country better off than when they first began to serve it.
They were, of course, joined by the disgusting and dishonest “mainstream” media, many of whom proclaimed that life as we know it would be over and tens of millions of Americans would die slow, horrible deaths were Trump’s “taxpayer first” budget to actually pass.
Bloomberg News, which attempted to portray the Trump budget and its dramatic cuts as purposefully undercutting his own base of support, had this to say:
President Donald Trump’s first full budget would dramatically reduce the U.S. government’s role in society, hitting hard many of the rural, working-poor supporters who propelled him into office as he cuts through the safety net for the poor and disabled, hitting farming communities and inner cities alike.
The urban minority voters whom Trump asked in his campaign “What do you have to lose” by supporting him also got an answer in the $3.6 trillion in spending reductions he requested Tuesday. They include steep reductions in food stamps, Medicaid health insurance payments, low-income housing assistance and block grants that fund meals-on-wheels for the elderly.
Awwwww! Say it isn’t so! Not “the elderly” and “the poor!”
Time for a reality check. Remember, this is the same lame, disreputable media that has been on Trump’s case for more than a year, even before he won the GOP presidential nomination, taking every opportunity to gin up lots of smoke and innuendo, but little in the way of facts.
First, the cold hard truth is, with a $20 trillion deficit, the country already owes more money than at any time in our history, an amount that is equivalent to nearly 105 percent of our annual gross domestic product (GDP). To put into perspective how quickly this disaster got out of hand — and thus, who is most responsible for it — “government debt to GDP in the United States averaged 61.94 percent from 1940 until 2015, reaching an all-time high of 121.70 percent in 1946 to a record low of 31.70 percent in 1974,” Trading Economics reports.
The debt really took off after George W. Bush left office, growing from 76 percent of GDP in 2008 to its present level of 104.17 — during the Obama years. Mind you, the president is not alone in this equation; Congress consistently gave in to his budget requests and overspent widely during the last administration.
So we definitely need two things to happen here: 1) Congress has got to reduce spending wherever it can; and 2) Congress and the Trump administration need to pass legislation and adopt policies that create substantial economic growth, thereby providing more revenue for Americans and for the government, to begin paying down its tremendous debt.
Secondly, if anyone seriously believes that the Trump administration wants to starve old people and babies, take away their health care and watch them die in the streets, they need to put down whatever it is they’re smoking or drinking and get a grip.
Trump’s White House Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, told reporters Tuesday that the president’s first budget is about putting “taxpayers first,” and while it certainly does call for deep cuts — $3.6 trillion worth in the coming years, to balance by 2027 — no one who needs assistance will be denied assistance. (RELATED: Trump budget seeks to ‘put taxpayers first’ by cutting abused welfare programs)
For one, the plan leaves Social Security and Medicare, benefits programs that employees and employers pay into directly so they have something for retirement, will not be touched. However, the budget seeks to slash $800 billion from Medicaid and $193 billion in the food stamps program…over 10 years. So that means that year-on-year, Trump would cut just $80 billion from Medicaid, which spent $574.2 billion in Fiscal Year 2016, and $19.3 billion per year from the food stamp program, which spent about $70 billion last year. How much can be saved just by cutting waste, fraud and abuse?
“We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of people on those programs. We’re going to measure compassion by how many people we can get off those programs,” said Mulvaney, who also noted that there would be a work requirement for some in order to continue receiving food stamps.
Hardworking, taxpaying Americans are tired of their politicians and the disgusting “mainstream” media taking up everyone’s cause but theirs. Trump’s budget seeks to correct that imbalance.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.