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Mon Feb 12, 2018, 08:01 PM

Trumps budget balloons deficits, cuts social safety net

Source: AP News

Trump’s budget revived his calls for big cuts to domestic programs that benefit the poor and middle class, such as food stamps, housing subsidies and student loans. Retirement benefits would remain mostly untouched by Trump’s plan, as he has pledged, though Medicare providers would absorb about $500 billion in cuts — a nearly 6 percent reduction. Some beneficiaries in Social Security’s disability program would have to re-enter the workforce under proposed changes to eligibility rules.

While all presidents’ budgets are essentially dead on arrival — Congress writes and enacts its own spending legislation — Trump’s plan was dead before it landed. It came just three days after the president signed a bipartisan agreement that set broad parameters for spending over the next two years. That deal, which includes large increases for domestic programs, rendered Monday’s Trump plan for 10-year, $1.7 trillion cuts to domestic agencies such as the departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture and Housing and Urban Development even more unrealistic.

The White House used Monday’s event to promote its long-awaited plan to increase funding for infrastructure. The plan would put up $200 billion in federal money over the next 10 years in hopes of leveraging a total of $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending, relying on state and local governments and the private sector to contribute the bulk of the funding. . . .

Trump also is proposing work requirements for several federal programs, including housing subsidies, food stamps and Medicaid. Such ideas have backing from powerful figures in Congress including Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who promises action on a “workforce development” agenda this year.

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Reply Trumps budget balloons deficits, cuts social safety net (Original post)
pnwmom Feb 2018 OP
jimmil Feb 2018 #1
Ohiogal Feb 2018 #2
pnwmom Feb 2018 #3
IronLionZion Feb 2018 #5
dchill Feb 2018 #9
Matthew28 Feb 2018 #4
SergeStorms Feb 2018 #10
Pobeka Feb 2018 #6
pnwmom Feb 2018 #7
dflprincess Feb 2018 #8

Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 08:33 PM

1. Proving....

Slavery is making a comeback in the US.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 08:48 PM

2. How can they

Justify cutting Medicare, when the number of boomers will be increasing, and we paid into it?

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 08:49 PM

3. Exactly. n/t

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 09:57 PM

5. By claiming government won't help you and then proving it

conservative government cuts funding for programs to weaken them, and then claim the programs don't work and must be privatized in order to save them through efficiency.

It's predictable and has always had disastrous results.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 10:57 PM

9. They don't have to justify it...

if they just fucking do it. It's armed robbery in broad daylight, Russian style.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 08:56 PM

4. The entire point of the gop

Is to increase the number of poor people to use as serfs for the corporate world.

Cutting the safetynet means that the poor have to work harder and be slaves.

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Response to Matthew28 (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 01:48 AM

10. Returning to the GOP halcyon days......

the days of robber barons, and company stores. These were the best of times according to the GOP, and fondly remembered. They long to return to them to live out their lives in bliss and contentment. The people on the other end of the spectrum? Screw 'em. We got ours!

How else is a Republican family expected to keep a bare-bones staff of 15-20 servants in their stately manse? That minimum wage is a killer!

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 10:05 PM

6. Ahem...

GOP takes money from social security budget and gives it to top 1% via tax breaks.

Let's not lose sight of the way this is happening.

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Response to Pobeka (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 10:26 PM

7. That's exactly what's been happening. We've been paying into Social Security and Medicare

all our lives, and they're taking it for tax cuts for the super wealthy.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 10:47 PM

8. Compared to other western nations,

the U.S. has had a pretty pathetic safety net and now these oafs are going to make it worse. Though we shouldn't be surprised that they're going after the most vulnerable members of society first.

But the Evangelicals love them.

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