Takeaway Tuesday – Trump Take $1.7Tn from the Poor to Give to the Rich

The new budget is here!  

As not at all promised by Trump when he was campaigning, Medicare will be slashed by $237Bn while $17Bn is being taken away from Food Stamps and yes, the Government will be getting in between you and your grocer as Trump is proposing no longer giving people food stamps, instead sending them boxes of food the Government selects for them (from campaign donors, of course).   

Trump's budget is an outright assault on small businesses and farmers with a 25% cut to the SBA  and a 15% cut to Agriculture with limited eligibility for crop insurance and caps on subsidies that will destroy those family farms, forcing them to sell out to big Corporations, who are still able to game the system to their advantage.  

Rural Economic Development Loans and Grants are being entirely eliminated – yet another way of making sure no one can compete with Trump's Corporate Donors, who will also benefit from the 25% budget cut to the EPA.  Overall, there's a 42.3% cut to all Non-Defense Discretionary spending.  In other words, Trump is cutting about half the stuff the Government does to actually help Americans while giving ALL of that money to the Top 10% – and mostly the Top 1%, of course.  

Despite coming off the most expensive disasters in history and with climate change getting worse, not better, 22% of the Army Corps of Engineers is being cut, which is a shame because, just this morning, new satellite data shows sea levels rising much faster than previously thought and the Army Corps of Engineers does things like building dams and levees to protect our cities from such things.

Image result for cost of disasters 2017But guess what happens when a city is flooded?  SALES!!!  Paint, hardware, carpets, furniture, Government clean-up contracts worth Billions of Dollars to Trump's donors.  Isn't that better than spending Millions to prevent the disaster from happening in the first place?  

And, just in case you thought Trump can't possibly be purposely trying to destroy the enviromnent to enrich his Donors – now they want to repeal Obama's restrictions on how much methane is released into the atmosphere by Corporate Donors who
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