Trump budget to propose ‘savage’ cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security — while hiking Pentagon and wall funds
Published 15 hours ago
on February 10, 2020
“This budget is Trump’s pledge that as long as he stays in office, slashing Social Security, Medicaid, and whatever’s left of SNAP will remain a White House priority.”
Just two days after vowing the White House “will not be touching your Social Security or Medicare” in its budget proposal for fiscal year 2021, President Donald Trump on Monday is expected to unveil a $4.8 trillion blueprint that includes hundreds of billions in combined cuts to those programs over the next decade, deep reductions in safety-net spending, and a major increase in Pentagon funding.Report Advertisement
“The budget reportedly includes destructive changes to Medicaid, SNAP, Social Security, and other assistance programs that help Americans make ends meet—all while extending his tax cuts for millionaires and wealthy corporations.”
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The president’s plan, according to the Wall Street Journal, calls for hiking America’s already outlandish military spending to $740.5 billion in FY2021 and pouring $2 billion more into the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Meanwhile, Trump’s budget would enact punishing cuts to Medicaid, food stamps, and other crucial safety net programs.
“The White House proposes to cut spending by $4.4 trillion over a decade,” the Journal reported Sunday. “Of that, it targets $2 trillion in savings from mandatory spending programs, including $130 billion from changes to Medicare prescription-drug pricing, $292 billion from safety-net cuts—such as work requirements for Medicaid and food stamps—and $70 billion from tightening eligibility access to federal disability benefits.”Rebecca Vallas✔@rebeccavallas
Many will ignore the #TrumpBudget tomorrow, since they’ve all been so similar they feel like old news.
This budget is Trump’s pledge that as long as he stays in office, slashing Social Security, Medicaid & whatever’s left of SNAP will remain a White House priority. https://twitter.com/katedavidson/status/1226581415824961536 …Kate Davidson✔@KateDavidsonNEW from @AndrewRestuccia and me: Trump is expected to release a $4.8T budget Monday that charts a path for the start of a potential second term, proposing steep safety-net & foreign aid cuts & higher outlays for defense and veterans. https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-to-propose-4-8-trillion-budget-with-big-safety-net-cuts-11581274525 …197Twitter Ads info and privacy168 people are talking about this
Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, issued a statement late Sunday condemning Trump’s forthcoming budget proposal as “destructive and irrational.”
“The budget reportedly includes destructive changes to Medicaid, SNAP, Social Security, and other assistance programs that help Americans make ends meet—all while extending his tax cuts for millionaires and wealthy corporations,” said Yarmuth. “Congress will stand firm against this president’s broken promises and his disregard for the human cost of his destructive policies.”
Bobby Kogan, chief mathematician for the Senate Budget Committee, echoed Yarmuth on Twitter, calling the FY 2021 blueprint “enormously cruel.”
“Less than a week after promising to protect families’ healthcare in his State of the Union address, the president is now brazenly inflicting savage multi-billion-dollar cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.”
—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
On top of the steep safety net cuts, Trump’s budget proposal would also slash the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 27%, the Housing and Urban Development budget by 15%, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget by 9%—even amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
Warnings that Trump has Social Security and Medicare in his crosshairs intensified last month when the president told CNBC in an interview at Davos that he is “going to look” at slashing Medicare and Social Security should he win reelection in 2020.
After 2020 Democrats and others seized upon Trump’s comments as further evidence that his 2016 campaign vow to protect Social Security and Medicare was a lie, the president has since claimed he is attempting to “save” the programs.
“We will not be touching your Social Security or Medicare in Fiscal 2021 Budget,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “Only the Democrats will destroy them by destroying our Country’s greatest ever Economy!”Paul Krugman✔@paulkrugman
In 2016 Trump ran as a different kind of Republican, who would raise taxes on the rich and wouldn’t cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. He was lying. https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-to-propose-4-8-trillion-budget-with-big-safety-net-cuts-11581274525?mod=hp_lead_pos1 …
In a statement responding to the reported details of Trump’s FY2021 budget, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday said “once again the president is showing just how little he values the good health, financial security, and well-being of hard-working American families.”
“Year after year, President Trump’s budgets have sought to inflict devastating cuts to critical lifelines that millions of Americans rely on,” said Pelosi. “Less than a week after promising to protect families’ healthcare in his State of the Union address, the president is now brazenly inflicting savage multi-billion-dollar cuts to Medicare and Medicaid—at the same time that he is fighting in federal court to destroy protections for people with pre-existing conditions and dismantle every other protection and benefit of the Affordable Care Act.”FacebookTwitterFlipboardCopy LinkEmail
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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow explains how the Feds may be setting a massive trap to get Rudy Giuliani to confess
Published 8 mins ago
on February 10, 2020
MSNBC Rachel Maddow offered a fascinating analysis for what could be going on at the Department of Justice.
“Attorney General William P. Barr acknowledged Monday that the Justice Department would evaluate material that Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, had gathered from Ukrainian sources claiming to have damaging information about former vice president Joe Biden and his family — though Barr and other officials suggested Giuliani was being treated no differently than any tipster,” The Washington Post reported Monday.CONTINUE READING
Trump 2020 team hopes Secret Service activity in New Hampshire will prevent Dems from voting: report
Published 13 mins ago
on February 10, 2020
On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that some in President Donald Trump’s inner circle were hoping that Secret Service operations around the president’s rally in Manchester, New Hampshire would obstruct Democratic primary voters.
“Advisers hoped that Secret Service moves in Manchester to secure the area for president would make it harder for Democratic candidates and their supporters to transverse the state’s largest city in the hours before the primary’s first votes are cast,” wrote Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire.CONTINUE READING
‘He’s a con man’: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes says Donald Trump is much weaker than he seems
Published 25 mins ago
on February 10, 2020
Since President Donald Trump’s acquittal in the Senate last week, many political commentators have suggested that his electoral fortunes are rising while the Democrats’ 2020 prospects are dimming. But as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes argued Monday night, these claims have been greatly exaggerated.
While Trump’s poll numbers have ticked up slightly in recent days, it’s far from a dramatic bounce — and he still remains unpopular nationwide.
But the illusion that Trump is riding high, Hayes argued, is actually part of his strategy to get re-elected.
“The president is many things: He’s a bigot, he is a liar, he’s a narcissist but above all else,” Hayes said, “he has been a con man.”CONTINUE READING Ads by Revcontent
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