Trump’s Budget Steals From the Poor and Elderly to Make People Like Him Wealthier

“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.” –Donald Trump, May 2015

That’s what then-candidate Trump said about supporting cuts to these programs. As with most everything else he says, that promise was total bullcrap.

After giving the rich a projected $1.5 trillion tax cut over the next decade just a few weeks ago, Donald Trump’s 2019 budget plan calls for huge cuts to many social safety nets, including Medicare ($226 billion), Medicaid ($1.1 trillion), and Social Security ($76 billion).

In other words, while this White House and the GOP has claimed that their massive tax scam would be paid for through economic growth — which is the same con they’ve been pushing for nearly 40 years — it seems that the big tax break Republicans just gave the wealthiest among us is going to be paid for by figuratively bludgeoning poor and middle class Americans.

I know, I know. I’m sure everyone reading this is “shocked” to hear that news.

So, as the rich are reaping the whirlwind of the massive tax cuts Trump just handed them, this “president” was working on a budget that calls for roughly $1.7 trillion in cuts, most of which will be extracted from entitlements and social safety nets millions of poor Americans rely on — many of whom are children and the elderly — to survive.

It’s still mind-boggling how anyone can support these crooks.

Let me just start off by saying that we need to stop calling a lot of these programs “entitlements” as if they’re not earned benefits. Nearly everyone on Social Security and Medicare paid thousands of dollars into these programs for a good portion of their life. They’re not entitled to these benefits — they earned them.

Time after time we see this from Republicans. They jump through hoops trying to get tax cuts for the rich passed, promising an “economic windfall” for the middle class that never delivers, while they simultaneously push for huge cuts to programs that poor and middle class Americans benefit from trying to make up for the lost revenue linked to those very same tax cuts.

How many decades are conservative voters going to be naive enough to keep falling for this same exact scam?

Donald Trump has said his tax cuts wouldn’t benefit him (a lie) and that he wasn’t going to cut Social Security or Medicare (also a lie).

My question is, how many lies must Donald Trump tell before his supporters finally realize (or care) that he’s nothing more than a con man and a fraud who does nothing but lie to them because he’s banking on them being ignorant enough to actually believe him?

I know this much, I damn sure wouldn’t want to support and defend a “president” who bases most of what he says and does on the fact that he believes I’m stupid enough to believe him. That is exactly what Donald Trump does.

Sadly, most of his supporters don’t seem to mind or simply don’t care.

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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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