Trump Doesn’t Give a Rat’s Tush About the Poor and Middle Class
Proof is in the Pudding that is the Trumper’s Budget By Ilene Proctor If you want to know if Trump has a heart and soul, look at his budget. If there are Tomahawk missiles sent to cut farm aid, it suggests that his governorship doesn’t care about the plight of farmers. Big clue: he clearly favors corporate processed food, sowed by corporate advertisers and the media networks that depend upon them. His budget, a “littly” 62 pages = proves that the poor and their poor children clearly deserve their suffering and the military and the moneyed need to be pampered, coddled and loved with piles of taxpayer cash. The administration seems to care little for those who suffer and much more for the military and the moneyed. Trump’s rhetoric about helping the “forgotten Americans” seems largely forgotten. Wall Street, the defense industry and the military contractors will benefit greatly from this budget. With Trump’s creeping Alzheimer’s ,he’s clearly forgotten his “forgotten promises.” Now that his new found testicular masculinity is regenerated with his hard power bombing of the Syrian airfield, as well as his discovering that this military weapon of mass distraction against his Russia problem works, he can conveniently forget about nation-building at home. Look at his job numbers this month, a disastrous 98,000 with corporations still following their bottom line to Mexico and other sweatshops of the world. The Trump budget calls for an increase in U.S. military spending by $54 billion. This would lift the total U.S. military spending to $641 billion, edging up to 3.5 per cent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). The U.S. far outspends the rest of the world’s states in terms of military spending. China, the next on the list, spends a mere $215 billion, under 2 per cent of its GDP. Added up, the total military spending of the next nine countries after the U.S.—China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United Kingdom, India, France, Japan, Germany and South Korea—approaches the U.S. total. In other words, U.S. military spending was already far above that of other countries, while it is now in another stratosphere entirely. It is important to point out that Russia’s government, in this period, has cut its military budget by 25 per cent, down to roughly $60 billion. This means that Trump’s addition to the U.S. military budget amounts to 80 per cent of the total Russian military budget. The economic team in the administration is entirely staffed by former executives of the major financial behemoth Goldman Sachs—people such as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and head of Trump’s National Economic Council Gary Cohn. These men are driving economic policy, much of it to benefit their own inner circle of billionaires and financiers. Money to help the American poor with heating costs and with affordable housing will be sliced, just as funding for education, the arts and the humanities will be cut. Regulatory bodies such as the Environmental Protection Agency will lose their ability to do their jobs. This is what his Nazi Potsy friend Steve Bannon calls the “deconstruction of the administrative state”. “Bigly” numbers of government employees are losing their jobs. “Shrink the federal workforce,” says the draft budget. “You can’t drain the swamp and leave all the people in it,” said Mick Mulvaney, Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Senator Bernie Sanders, confronted with this draconian budget, called Trump a “fraud”. “I think he is going to sell out the middle class and the working class of this country,” said Sanders, who had run his primary campaign on the issue of rising social inequality in the U.S. Despite Trump’s foot-in-mouth disease as expressed in his early dawn tweetstorms and his catastrophic diplomatic fumbles with Germany, Australia, Sweden, Mexico and the U.K. None of this has impacted Trump’s followers, who are loyal to their deplorable core. What Trump’s team understands is that his supporters need economic support but that they also believe that their fortunes have been undermined by specific groups of people and policies. These include “God” abortion” “Mexican illegal workers”, “Indian H-1B workers”, “the Chinese government’s fiscal policy”, and “radical Islamic extremism”. Trump justifies his budget choices not on the basis of rational calculations but on the narrow-minded prejudices of his followers. America first must make the safety of our people its number one priority—because without safety, there can be no prosperity.” In other words, the population of “forgotten Americans” must forgo their personal ambitions for that of the nation. It turns out, of course, that the “forgotten Americans” are the largest contributors to personnel in the U.S. armed forces. They have one or more family members in the military and have a personal connection to the idea of a strong military. Whether this helps their family in direct economic terms or not is a mute (also mute meaning dumb) point. The idea that national strength translates to personal strength is a powerful emotion that cannot be set aside. Trump’s doppelganger Iowa Representative Steve King, from his base base went on television news to say “You can’t build a civilization with somebody else’s babies,” he said, referring to immigration.. Such messages of cultural superiority and American exceptionalism tickle the brains of a population that will once more be forgotten when it comes to his economic policy Sacrifice for the National Good can now sum up the Trump Doctrine. Trump’s comments that NATO members “must pay what they owe” and his refusal to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand during a photo opportunity, after she asked him specifically if he would like to shake hands, signify the kind of America First message that Trump wishes to send. In an earlier language, this attitude would have been characterized as “imperialism”. Trump loi ( a play on the French expression fool the eye) is really Tramp’s policy. To counter attack, the greater –in every way- majority must stay awake and fight, fight, fight Trump[s evil menace with all our might.