Trump’s budget strips over a trillion dollars from Medicaid and Medicare, while handing billions to defense.

By |2019-03-12T08:01:33-08:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |9 Comments

This should fire up the progressives. 

Courtesy of WaPo:

In the document, Trump calls for large budget increases to defense and border security alongside substantial cuts to government benefits. Trump’s budget proposal for the last fiscal year similarly proposed increased defense spending and cuts to other departments. Congress did not act on many of his recommendations. The budget is likely to face even more of an uphill battle with Democrats now in control of the House.

Here are the cuts: 

Cuts $845 billion over the next 10 years from Medicare, the federal program that gives health insurance to older Americans.

Removes $241 billion from Medicaid, the health-care program for low-income Americans, over the next decade as part of an overhaul that shifts more power to states.

Slashes $220 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over the next decade, with proposed reforms including mandatory work requirements and food box delivery service in lieu of cash benefits for low-income families.

Reductions to the federal student loan programs that total $207 billion in the next 10 years and include eliminating Public Service Loan Forgiveness and subsidized student loans.

Remember this campaign promise from 2015?

Guess what, he lied again. 

Here is where Trump wants to increase government spending:

Adds more than $33 billion to the Department of Defense budget, for a total of $718 billion, 57 percent of the proposed federal discretionary budget

Allocates $8.6 billion to build sections of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, on top of the close to $7 billion Trump already announced in his national emergency declaration

So more money spent on defense and on his stupid unnecessary wall. 

Gotta keep up that old fearmongering, after all, that is how Republicans win elections. 

There were a couple of budget increases that were not terrible. 

Sets aside $750 million to establish a paid parental leave program and $1 billion for a one-time fund to help underserved populations and encourage company investment in child-care.

Commits $291 million toward ending the spread of HIV in the United States within a decade, a promise Trump made in his State of the Union last month.

Yeah, I think even liberals can support these, though I have to wonder how it makes any sense to increase spending on eradicating HIV while at the same time cutting over a trillion dollars from the two health insurance programs that could keep the infected alive while the research is being conducted? 

This budget, of course, has absolutely NO hope of being passed with the Dems in charge of the House. 

But it certainly does give presidential candidates a little more ammunition in their campaign arsenal. 

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9 Comments

  1. Anonymous March 12, 2019 at 11:11 am

    He will bankrupt our country just like he did with his many failed businesses.

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  3. Anonymous March 12, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Thank GOD the Democrats took over the house, like the person commented above he wants to bankrupt the USA like he did all of his businesses. Probable the only person in the world that managed to bankrupt a casino !!!

    The house will just take his so called budget to the shredder like the rest of his so called ideas.

  4. Anonymous March 12, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Well he just may have lost some of his supporters, since I recall some of the morons with signs keep the government out of my Medicare.. like they didn’t know Medicare is federally run.

    Now they will have to make signs keep trump out of my Medicare.

  5. puck March 12, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    can someone stop this stupid child? i can’t afford my medication now!!

  6. Beaglemom March 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Our Congresscritter (Jack Bergman) wants to eliminate Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid because he does not think that Americans should feel so entitles. Of course, he has his very generous military retirement benefits (that we pay for) and now the additional Congressional benefits (that we also pay for). So who’s the entitled one – the retired worker, the person who is disabled or simply cannot earn enough to pay for insurance and to subsidize a retirement or the almost-general/now Congresscritter whose personal greed knows no end? Republicans are profoundly incapable of empathy, the lot of them.

    • Anonymous March 12, 2019 at 5:50 pm

      I love they call then “entitlements” like we are getting something for FREE, I would remind your congress thug that we PAID into those entitlements.

      The only thing entitled that I can see is the republicans think they are entitled to STEAL the money.

  7. Anonymous March 12, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    And people who rely on all of those social programs continue to support him in droves. It is simply mind-boggling that people with very little consistently vote against their own economic interests.

  8. Anonymous March 18, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    He also guts science and the environment.

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