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May 23, 2017



May 23, 2017



 A statement by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.


President Donald Trump’s $4.1 trillion 2018 budget proposal – delivered in absentia because it’s so bad – is full of cuts for the poor, a massive increase in military spending, unspecified large tax reductions promised to the rich and big corporations and more cuts if necessary.

Charles Dickens’ cold-hearted miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, has come early to America.

The Trump budget is comprised of 13 major initiatives and 9 of them are an all-out assault on the poor.  Among Trump’s 10-year proposed budget cuts are more than $800 billion from Medicaid, affecting 10 million low-income Americans, many living in nursing homes; significantly cutting health care services received through Planned Parenthood ($2.5 billion); slashes in Food Stamp by $192 billion; dramatic cuts in the Meals on Wheels and children’s breakfast and lunch programs; cuts of $72 billion from disability benefits; and $272 billion over-all from welfare programs. The proposal is accompanied with the promise of an unrealistic economic growth rate of three percent. 

The document – “A New Foundation for American Greatness” – is actually based on nothing new, but the same old Republican ideology and policies of massive tax cuts for the rich because they deserve government help and massive budget cuts for the poor because they don’t deserve government help. 

The focus and sympathies are clear for the current Budget Director and former right-wing South Carolina Republican congressman Mick Mulvaney: “This is, I think, the first time in a long time that an administration has written a budget through the eyes of the people who are actually paying the taxes.”  Mulvaney conveniently overlooks the fact that many low-income Americans don’t pay federal income taxes because they are poor and don’t make enough income.

Unlike Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ Christmas novel, who finally learned to enjoy the Good News of Christmas, there is little if any evidence that the cold-blooded conservative Confederate political base that is the foundation of support for this business-tycoon-come-president will in the future ever be converted and come to know the true spirit and joy of the Good News of Christmas.  This Confederate-like thinking has been with us and dominated conservative thinking since 1861.

To that, we say, Bah. Humbug.




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