Trump’s Budget is a $1 Trillion Example of How Much Republicans Hate the Poor

How any poor or middle class American can vote Republican is mind-boggling. It’s a testament to the power of brainwashing, religious manipulation, and preying on fear that the GOP has managed to unabashedly con tens of millions of Americans into supporting policies that go against their own best interests.

Look no further than the 2016 election where over 60 million Republicans, the vast majority being poor and middle class voters, supported an arrogant, egotistical self-proclaimed “billionaire” from a wealthy family because they honestly believed he was someone who understood what it’s like to be an “everyday American” and cared about their problems. Nothing like often calling liberals a bunch of “northeastern elitists” — then supporting a narcissist from New York who considers a $1 million loan from his father “very, very small” and is the very definition of an “elitist.”

Then again, most Republicans define what it means to be “hypocrites.”

For more proof of how gullible most Republican voters are, look no further than Trump’s budget proposal. In it, he’s proposing cutting $800 billion from Medicaid and $193 billion from food stamps over the next 10 years. In other words, Trump’s budget will slash nearly $1 trillion over 10 years from two programs that help the poorest and most vulnerable among us. Many of whom, ironically, voted for him.

This is appalling.

It’s absolutely disgusting to look at a party that is practically going out of their way to hurt poor people, all while championing huge tax cuts for the rich. You want to talk about a “redistribution of wealth” — that’s what this is.

This is Trump and the Republican Party pushing for budget proposals that would literally take away hundreds of billions of dollars every single year from programs that help the poor, while giving some of the biggest tax breaks in history to the wealthiest people in the country. Keep in mind that during his campaign, Trump promised not to make any cuts to programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. A campaign promise, like most of the rest, that he clearly has no intention of keeping.

I’m not sure what’s worse, the fact that millions of people who voted for Trump would be devastated by this budget, or the fact that many of those voters would never realize that the person they voted for, and the party they support, would be the cause of that devastation.

The disdain so many within the GOP have for the poorest and most vulnerable among us is astonishing. These are sick individuals who seemingly go out of their way to take what little the poor have — many of whom are women, children and the elderly — while fighting to give the richest among us even more.

If this is how our country is going to behave, then we really need to stop insisting that we’re the greatest nation on Earth.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • The Shadow

    It’s getting easier all the time to see exactly who President Trump wants to represent – and it doesn’t look like the 98% of us.

    • strayaway

      Agreed, although the fortunes of the 2% accelerated, relative to the wealth of the 98%, at a faster rate under Obama than under Bush. This is not something new. However, the Constitution offers a solution: states could pick up the slack (see 10th. Amendment). For instance, Vermont tried to enact an affordable single payer health care plan but Obamacare bureaucrats made the affordable part impossible. Vermont’s plan sits on a shelf and Democrats seem to want to ignore it now. California has legislation about ready to go for its own single payer plan. What if the federal government could be persuaded to block grant states whatever it now sends to them for a couple of years until states could set up their own health care plan, or something Trump wants to cut, and cut federal taxes to those states after that? The federal government could even mandate that state plans provide a minimum of what medicare pays. The alternative is to gripe for four or eight years while Trump is President. Your choice.

      • saffiregal

        ‘ fortunes of the 2% accelerated, relative to the wealth of the 98%’ That’s what you get with a majority Republican Congress.

      • strayaway

        Try to follow and understand the words including the the clause you censored, “at a faster rate under Obama than under Bush.” The 2% did even better under Obama than under Bush relative to the rest of the population. But thank you for the excuse to bring in related facts. Under Obama, black incomes, wealth, and home ownership rates declined relative to those of whites.

      • saffiregal

        All middle and lower home ownership has declined since 2009. More people of all ethnic backgrounds are renters. Wealth among most blacks has always been low, they never caught up with whites. Like I said Congress vote on and pass bills. The 2% invest much of their wealth and why they still have the lion’s share. State governor’s have a responsibility to attract businesses and employer’s need to pay decent wages. That is not a President’s job.

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