You Call This A Budget?????????

From today’s New York Times:

President Trump will send a budget to Congress on Thursday that sharply reorders the nation’s priorities by spending billions of dollars on defending the southern border and bolstering the Pentagon while severely cutting funds for foreign aid, poverty programs and the environment.

 

There were really no surprises, as we have been given a pretty clear indication in recent weeks of what the budget would contain.  I would ask all who voted for Trump a simple question:  Is this really what you wanted?

The EPA budget cuts alone would cost an estimated 3,200 jobs!  I thought Trump said he planned to increase jobs?  It would also eliminate all funding for enactment of the Clean Power Plan, the regulations designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. It would also discontinue funding for climate change research and international climate change programs.

The State Department budget, cut by 29%, would cut back funding for the United Nations peacekeeping mission, as well as cutting out all funding for U.N. climate change initiatives.  It would also trim contributions to the development of the World Bank.

The budgets for the Legal Services Corporation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts — would be axed entirely. The money saved by cutting the budgets of the EPA, Departments of Education, Health & Human Services, Energy, Housing & Urban Development and others would go toward increased spending on defense.  We already, as I recently mentioned, spend twice more than any other nation in the world.  So why, one must ask, do we need to increase military spending by $52.3 billion???

I have pondered and puzzled over this and finally I think I have hit on the answer.  Think about how Trump has spent his first weeks in office … he has offended a number of world leaders who are, or were, our allies, such as Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, German Chancellor Angela Merkel … and the list goes on.  As if it weren’t bad enough that he insults our friends, he has also taken pot shots at our enemies … Iran, North Korea, and China to name a few.  In fact, about the only country he seems to actually like is Russia.  So, logic tells you that sooner or later Kim Jong-un of North Korea will actually aim one of those missiles at the U.S. and we will not have any friends left to come to our aid, so that is the reason we might need all those extra warships and fighter jets.

All joking aside, however, I see not one single thing to like in this budget.  It takes much away from humanitarian causes to buy more weapons … more than we need or likely ever will need.  It sacrifices the very jobs that Trump promised to create.  In addition to the huge increase in military spending, the Department of Homeland Security would also see a $2.8 billion increase, most of which is intended to use to build his infamous “wall” along the U.S.-Mexican border.  What a waste of money that could be used to help people, to educate children, to provide healthcare, housing assistance, and all the other necessities that Trump would see us do without.

The good news, to the extent there is any, is that this budget has little or no chance of passing in Congress.  Even many of the Republicans in Congress say that Trump’s cuts as too rushed, indiscriminate and reckless. “You can’t drain the swamp and leave all of the people in it,” said Mick Mulvaney, the White House’s budget director.

All else aside, “the wall” seems to be the biggest bone of contention in Congress.  Even many GOP congressmen are losing their enthusiasm, with the latest cost estimates as high as $25 billion, and the reality being that the cost is likely to go even higher than that.  And it appears that some are even wakig up to the fact that Mexico is not going to reimburse us for the wall, nor should they, and that there is no means for forcing them to.  Nor should there be. If my neighbor wants a fence between his house and mine, and if I do not particularly want said fence, then he can pay for it, for I will not.  Simple.

In the Senate, where the Republicans have only a narrow majority of two, the budget would require 60 ‘aye’ votes to pass, which means that every Republican and at least eight Democratic senators would have to support it.  Not going to happen. So what happens next?  Back to the drawing board, but meanwhile, no doubt, there will be bullying, threats and rants from da trumpeter.  Hold onto your hats, people, for I am predicting a mass of hot air to come soon.

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24 thoughts on “You Call This A Budget?????????

  1. One question that hasn’t been answered is what is in that military budget increase. I have many friends in the military and there are many reports of them being on food stamps to make ends meet. I’m wondering if pay increases for those military personnel are in this budget.

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    • From what I read, it is unclear exactly what the additional funding would be used for other than more battleships and fighter planes. If I were a betting woman, I would bet that pay increases is NOT on the list. 😦

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    • I agree. And our own budgets are likely to get tighter based on Trump’s wish list. When one is born with a silver spoon in his mouth, starts his career with a huge cash infusion from “daddy”, then cheats others out of their livelihood in order to line his own pockets, how can we expect that person to relate to our measly worries about being able to afford food, medicine and shoelaces? Sigh. Hugs, my friend!

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  2. We just had a budget in the UK.
    The Chancellor of the Exchequer (who is supposed to be astute and guided by wise folk) tried to fit in a tax increase which would have hit a substantial proportion of those who would tend to be government supporters; he was obliged to You-Turn, Back-Down etc.
    All I could deduce from that fracas was the impression that The Chancellor and his wise folk don’t live in the same world as the rest of us.
    About this Wall. Could I just say one word.
    Tunnels…..

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    • It would seem that most of those who control the purse-strings in the upper echelons of government live in a different world than those of us who have to choose between a chicken or a bottle of wine at the grocery. That is an age-old problem, but it is also the reason they are held accountable to their constituency and can be tossed out on their ear if we are not happy. The thing is here in the U.S., the constituency are blind and deaf, else have been drugged … I’m not quite sure which it is.
      And about that wall … yes, tunnels, but even more to the point, the Mexicans don’t even WANT to come here anymore! And who can blame them? There is negative net immigration from Mexico … but yet the jerk sitting in the Oval Office would cut programs to help the elderly, the infirm, the disabled, the poor, and children in order to spend $25 billion + to build a bloomin’ wall to keep out the people who don’t want to come here anyway! OH MY SAINTED AUNT!!! (pausing to catch my breath now) 😀

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      • On budgets: one Norman Lamont high-priest at the Church of Thatcher once said on making cuts which would hurt the unemployed that ‘It was a price worth paying’- for sheer arrogance it’s up there in the UK’s Top Ten…odious little man.
        Walls: Never mind in the Long Game in years to come it could be an ‘earner’ as tourists come and gawp at it- make it into a theme park- mixed with Alice in Wonderland of course. (‘curiouser and curiouser’ said Alice) 🙃 😉

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        • Yes, that is an abominable statement, as are many we are hearing today, as Mick Mulvaney seeks to justify cutting support to the infirm, the elderly and the poor. Odious people indeed!
          As for the damn wall … I think (hope) it will never be built, but if it is, perhaps we should suggest an Alice in Wonderland theme be painted on it … the start of the theme-park. Actually, it is predicted that the wall will reduce tourism between the U.S. and Mexico, thus costing both countries even more! Great plan, huh?

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  3. Two things strike me with this post. I see the EPA budget disappearing but don’t hear any squawks from The Republican parents who want a better world ( or any world where they can breathe) for their children.Surely they don’t all believe climate change is a hoax?
    Secondly, Trump may well know the budget won’t pass. His (small) victory will be in exclaiming to his followers how his attempts to follow through on his promises are being thwarted by those terrible Democrats. That might get him a little more breathing space with those who follow him and haven’t yet turned away in despair.
    xxx Cwtch mawr xxx

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  4. I think this is a budget that reflects an ideology that wants the 50s back. It’s happening all over the world. People are struggling and the reaction is to go back to the safety of a bygone era.
    We should aim to spend money on helping not harming.

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    • Yes, it is a global movement, but I am encouraged by first Austria, then yesterday the Netherlands rejecting the far-right, Trump-like candidates. Perhaps there is hope after all? And I am always amazed when people refer to the ‘good old days’ … they seem to remember only what they want to remember, and forget such things as civil rights marches, lynchings, the Cold War, etc. Sigh.

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  5. what the president should be focusing on is not how much more money he feels we need for our military but how the existing funds are utilized. I would imagine that, like with most government programs, there is quite a bit of wasted and unnecessary spending going on and anyone who is familiar with budgeting knows that you look at your current situation and figure out what you’re first spending money on and then determine not only if that item or category of items is needed but if it is, what are ways you can save money for said item or category?

    This is an area where almost all politicians in congress and yes, even the president, even our past presidents, are sadly lacking because they live lifestyles and have means necessary where they don’t really need to be concerned with such mundane trivialities because they have accountants and other staff who hold these responsibilities which isolate them from having the necessary willingness to address them properly.

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