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Progressive talking points on the Trump budget

Trump’s budget proposal includes a long list of awful ideas that would leave more families starving and more people in poverty. Here are just a few examples:

Massive cuts to Medicare and Medicaid
Elimination of student loan forgiveness programs
End food stamp program and replace with a “box” of canned food
Defund PBS and NPR
Huge cuts to science programs
Billions in cuts to K-12 public schools

Many parts of this country, right now, already suffer from high rates of poverty, hunger, lack of health care, and more. Rather than end this inequality and injustice, Trump wants to make that the norm for everyone in this country who isn’t rich.

As long as Republicans control Congress, there’s a good chance some or all of these things will become law — and millions of Americans will be hurt as a result.

He wants big increases in spending on the military, particularly to build a lot of new nuclear weapons that he can use to threaten World War III.

He wants massive increases for ICE, which is already breaking up families and ripping people from their homes and communities in service of Trump’s white nationalist agenda.

And yes, Trump also wants billions for a border wall.

Already Trump and his Republican allies in Congress are using deficits to justify these cuts. We need to make sure that in 2018 we send progressive Democrats to Congress who will not let deficits be used as an excuse to slash Medicare and schools — or as a reason we can’t provide Medicare for All.

Donald Trump’s Nasty Budget

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, New York Times, FEB. 12, 2018

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump told the “forgotten men and women of our country” that he would champion them. As evidence that he was a different kind of Republican, he promised not to cut Medicare, Medicaid and other programs that benefit poor and middle-class families.

On Monday, President Trump proposed a budget that would slash spending on Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, transportation and other essential government services, all while increasing the federal deficit.

Mr. Trump’s 2019 budget, combined with the tax cuts Republicans passed last year, would amount to one of the greatest transfers of wealth from the poor to the rich in generations. It would also charge trillions of dollars in new debt to the account of future Americans. It’s a plan that could please only far-right ideologues who want to dissolve nearly every part of the federal government, save the military….

keep reading at New York Times

Hoyer to R’s: Keep country solvent or get fired

excerpt from ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press, “Republican leaders labor for votes to up debt limit, avoid market-shaking government default, US News, 10/24/15:

Top House Democrats scoff when told that GOP leaders say they might not be able to even deliver that minimal number.

“Then they ought to all be fired,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat. “It is inconceivable to me that there aren’t 30-plus Republicans to vote to make sure their country is solvent.”

read the full article at US News

I’m drawing a line in the sand

email from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), 9/10/15

The last time the Republicans shut down the government, the final cost to the American economy was nearly $24 billion. That’s nearly $24 billion just flushed down the drain. That’s $24 billion lost with nothing to show for it. Even Republican House Speaker John Boehner called it a “predictable disaster.”

You’d think the Republicans would have learned from this terrible mistake, right? Nope. Now the Republicans are threatening another reckless government shutdown at the end of the month to defund Planned Parenthood. Continue reading