Trump’s Budget: Savage Attack on Ordinary Folks in Favor of Tax Breaks for the Rich
Over the next 10 years, the Trump budget will devastate the economic security of low and modest-income working families and individuals, seniors, and people with disabilities. With his budget, Trump turns his back on children and their prospects for a good education and future employment. His budget would:
- decimate health care with $610 million cuts to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (in addition to the huge cuts in the House-passed bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act);
- slash income support programs such as food stamps (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families by $272 billion; and
- substantially cut Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income for poor seniors and people with disabilities.
This budget shows yet again that Trump’s vision for the country is fundamentally misguided, cynical, and dark. If these cuts stand, the consequences will be dire. Students will be less able to afford college or to get a decent education; low-wage workers will be threatened with dangerous workplaces, unfair labor practices, and reduced opportunities for job training and advancement; low-income people will find it more difficult to pay their rent, heat their homes, and put food on the table; and community well-being will be undermined.
As Mahatma Gandhi said, “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” Trump’s budget fails this test.
Do not be misled by reports that is budget is “Dead on Arrival”. The simple fact is that this budget is an opening salvo in a fiscal war on this county’s low and middle income families. Some reductions may be restored, but the fight should be for expansion of critical assistance after years of pain— not about the size of the cuts.
The Trump budget must not prevail. Please:
Demand that we invest in our people, our communities, and our future. Let your voice be heard.
Rally your friends and neighbors to oppose cuts that hurt our critical assistance programs.
Contact your representatives to make clear that we need help and not tax cuts.
Support organizations like NCLEJ that will lead the fight against devastating cuts.