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Trumps Budget

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  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    I guess nobody is interested in the "budget" Trump proposed; He wants another 8.6 billion for the wall etc. as well even more billions for the army. Of course enormous cuts for "social' programs.

    First of all I don't understand, that he is supposed to "design" the budget; in any "normal" country the Congress determines such.

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Tucson, AZ
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    Dutch:

    From what I read on the news feeds this morning, his "budget" is more a wish list than an actual plan. Last year's budget was just as unrealistic, and he couldn't get it passed even though the Republicans controlled both Houses of Congress.

    The REAL reason that he proposed such a crazy budget is that it will appeal to his base, and would help him if he somehow manages to stay out of prison before the 2020 election.

  • Independent
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    vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/3/11/1...

    Its another government shut down setup. Huge cuts into everything Democrats and Moderate Republicans support if he does not get his wall.

    Trump: "Give me the 8.6 Billion for the wall or cut the following"

    • 1.5 trillion in cuts to Medicaid over 10 years, implementing work requirements as well as eliminating the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The budget instead adds $1.2 trillion for a “Market Based Health Care Grant” — block grant to states, instead of paying by need. It’s not clear whether that would be part of Medicaid.
    • An $845 billion cut to Medicare over 10 years, about a 10 percent cut, to be achieved through targeting wasteful spending and provider payments and lowering prescription drug costs.
    • $25 billion in cuts to Social Security over 10 years, including cuts to disability insurance.
    • A $220 billion cut to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as food stamps, over 10 years, including mandatory work requirements. The program currently serves around 45 million people.
    • A $21 billion cut to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, an already severely underfunded cash-assistance program for the nation’s poorest.
    • $207 billion in cuts to the student loan program, eliminating the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and cutting subsidized student loans.

    Trump's thinking he'll get his 8.6 billion by agreeing not to make the any spending cuts (aka hostage taking).

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    Watched his punk explaining on pbs the benefits provided by cutting public programs and employing tax cuts.
  • Independent
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    wwjd Wrote:

    vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/3/11/1...

    Its another government shut down setup. Huge cuts into everything Democrats and Moderate Republicans support if he does not get his wall.

    Trump: "Give me the 8.6 Billion for the wall or cut the following"

    • 1.5 trillion in cuts to Medicaid over 10 years, implementing work requirements as well as eliminating the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The budget instead adds $1.2 trillion for a “Market Based Health Care Grant” — block grant to states, instead of paying by need. It’s not clear whether that would be part of Medicaid.
    • An $845 billion cut to Medicare over 10 years, about a 10 percent cut, to be achieved through targeting wasteful spending and provider payments and lowering prescription drug costs.
    • $25 billion in cuts to Social Security over 10 years, including cuts to disability insurance.
    • A $220 billion cut to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as food stamps, over 10 years, including mandatory work requirements. The program currently serves around 45 million people.
    • A $21 billion cut to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, an already severely underfunded cash-assistance program for the nation’s poorest.
    • $207 billion in cuts to the student loan program, eliminating the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and cutting subsidized student loans.

    Trump's thinking he'll get his 8.6 billion by agreeing not to make the any spending cuts (aka hostage taking).

    In other countries they call this extortion or "blackmail" ; but yeah this seems to be allowed here.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    As Dutch mentioned, Trump's "wish list" included $8.6 billion for his vanity project.

    By now, we are all aware of the fact that the wall would be horribly expensive, and totally INEFFECTIVE at cutting down illegal immigration and drugs.

    The most glaring example of how foolish his wall is is the fact that on Monday of this week, authorities seized $77 million in cocaine that was hidden in a shipping container in the port of Newark. It was the largest seizure of cocaine at the port since 1994.

    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2019/03/tucker-carlson-defends-child-marriage-claims-women-are-primitive/

    If you have seen the movie, "American Made", the 2017 movie starring Tom Cruise, you also are award of the fact that drug cartels occasionally use airplanes to transport their goods.

    If you've seen Clint Eastwood in "Mule", you are also award of the fact that drugs cartels sometimes used old guys in pickup trucks.

    El Chapo, of course, was fond of digging tunnels.