Trump’s Budget Smacks Down His Supporters

In the classic Republican style of transferring national treasure from the many average and poor Americans to the wealthiest few, Trump’s budget calls for “a $600 billion dollar cut to Medicaid over 10 years, despite his repeated promises on the campaign trail not to cut the program.” Moreover the budget gives the federal food stamp program and Social Security Disability Insurance severe haircuts as well.

This is a budget tailor made to negatively impact those rural and low-income voters who most fervently support President Trump. But since most of the nation’s xenophobic ilk has filtered into the Republican Party, Trump will likely get away with giving them the shaft. Meaning of course that as long as Trump is willing to pander to his base’s lowest tribal impulse of hatred and fear of the “other” he can get away with economically stabbing them in the back.

Additionally it is just this sort of upside down Republican budget that causes the economy to stall out under Republican control of the federal government. Pushing money into offshore, fat-cat bank accounts via tax cuts for the rich is never a good thing for the nation as a whole. Yet year after year Republican politicians get away with their idiotic mantra that tax cuts for the rich will stimulate economic growth. To the contrary it is cash in the pockets of average Americans for spending that creates product demand and drives the economy.

Thus Trump’s typical Republican style budget will negatively impact his supporters on two levels. But having already tuned out reality for irrational emotional reasons, most of Trump’s supporters will endure to shoot themselves in the foot by continuing to support the grand liar.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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