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Friday, March 17, 2017

Trump's Budget: A GOP Budget Of Horrors Scenario

Trump's Tea Party hawk has come forth with Trump's budget. Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget:
"This s a hard-power budget" 
This is the America First Budget"
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The  Philadelphia Inquirer/Philly dot com published a review of Trump's budget PROPOSAL in one quick view chart. Before you spend time viewing the chart, recognize it is a proposed budget and no proposed budget ever reaches the president's signature pen. However, the budget as proposed certainly sheds revealing light on the inner psyche of all things Trump. 

Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting and textIf you prefer more verbiage regarding Trump's proposal, the "failing" (as Trump calls it) New York Times offers a great review. New York City officials are openly pushing back via public comments on the impact of the proposed budget on fighting terror.  I have read and heard the budget would slash $100 million from law enforcement agencies responsible for fighting terror. On the other hand, I also read New York City residents are currently spending at estimates of $310,000 to $500,000 per day on security for Trump's wife and son as denizens of Trump Tower. The math on the high-end of those figures indicates NYC could be looking at an expenditure of $183 million per year to watch over Trump's privileged family. In late February New York City officials requested a congressional financial assistance in offsetting millions in additional cost incurred via the Trump Tower denizens.

Oh, privilege has such a high cost! 

On a much more serious note, if you haven't heard or read the budget's potential impact on morning school meals for kids and budget reduction funding for elderly Meals on Wheels, you are uninformed or you simply don't care.  
Yesterday, Market Watch published a piece with details regarding the impact of Meals on Wheels with consideration of benefit coverage and cost.

Market Watch

.....according to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, private operating foundation based in Menlo Park, Calif.). “Meals on Wheels People,” a Portland, Ore.-based service and one of the largest in the country, says it costs $2,500 annually to provide daily meals to a homebound senior, while cost of institutional care for a year in Oregon is around $60,000.
One has to wonder how those affected Seniors in the GOP southern belt vote  (Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana) feel about their Trump vote.

Speaking of voting blocs, post-vote data show, Trump and his GOP rely heavily on voters 54 years of age and older.


Chart showing breakdown of voting by race

Chart showing breakdown of voters by age

Just for good measure for those who will harp on charts for the BBC.

Business Insider

More young people voted for Clinton, but that bloc did not include as many voters as those over 40, who as a majority voted for Trump.

Of course, the chronic poor elderly comprise a small portion of the older voters who voted for Trump and his GOP. Nonetheless, the proposal speaks volumes about commitment to potential voters who comprise solid and reliable voting blocs for the GOP.

We should openly state that an elimination of federal funding for Meals on Wheels will not kill the program. The disclaimer is important based on our experience some conservatives are responding the federal elimination of funding Trump's elimination will not kill the program.
CNN ran a segment this morning with some GOP dweeb speaking about how churches will pick up the aid to the chronically needy elderly. Why do Republicans seem to through churches at us as a tool against their wishes to cut social services programs? 

Image result for meals on wheels black backgroundTrump's Tea Party Budget director, also took aim at funding for feeding needy children as they sit for a full morning or afternoon of classroom work.

We are now going to hear all barrels of "we want to cut spending for the benefit of our grandkids." Yes, of course, establish clear ad present death panels for some elderly Americans while relegating some poor children to a classroom with a half empty stomach.

"This s a hard-power budget." 

We will close with a revisit with the OMB director.

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