Trump’s Budget will have far-reaching consequences, regardless if it’s enacted or not. The substance of the budget has been called “vindictive” by Reagan era budget official Steve Bell. It certainly doesn’t help that OMB Director Mick Mulvaney had the audacity to call the budget “compassionate.”
During the March 16 White House Press Briefing, Mulvaney took questions from reporters, most notably NBC’s Peter Alexander and CNN’s Jim Acosta. Alexander pointed out that the budget is devastating to the elderly, the poor, and Trump’s base from rural areas with cuts to HUD, Meals on Wheels, job training, and after-school programs.
Mulvaney said that the cuts to these programs were a result of data showing the programs failed to reach their intended goals. Alexander later released the actual data from a rural after school program that showed highly positive results.
Acosta followed up on Alexander’s question, pointing to steel workers in Ohio and coal worker in Pennsylvania, that they may have an elderly mother who depends on the Meals on Wheels program or might have kids in Head Start. Acosta asked if this “hard power budget” was actually a hard hearted budget. Mulvaney said, “No, I don’t think so. I think it’s probably one of the most compassionate things we can do.”
Mulvaney appears confused as to the definition of compassionate.
Mulvaney’s history regarding respect for workers came to light during his confirmation hearings. Mulvaney got caught owing $15,000 in unpaid taxes for a nanny. Instead of feeling any shame or the like, Mulvaney excused his illegal behavior as judging the care work provided as not real work.
The Sweetness Behind the Bitter Budget
There is some significant good news regarding Trump’s horrible budget. First and foremost, it appears very unlikely that the budget will be accepted by many Republican members of Congress. They simply won’t be able to justify the cuts to their constituents. The second is that even if the budget fails, Trump supporters will be faced with what he attempted to do to them. Some won’t mind, like many of those who willingly drank the Kool-Aid in Jonestown.
However, many more will realize the truth of Trump’s deviancy when it hits them at home, in their wallets, cuts their kids education and food programs.
In 2018, Dems will be able to use this budget, regardless of its passage, to take back the house. The Senate has 33 seats up for grabs. If Dems pick up only 3 seats, we take the Senate. If we pick up 12 seats, we have a super majority. Considering the unconstitutionality of the Muslim Ban, the fact American taxpayers will pay for The Wall, TrumpCare being far worse than ObamaCare, and the budget that helps the wealthy and devastates the poor, 2018 could see a monumental shift in Congress. We can only hope!