Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Trump’s Budget Proposal


President Trump’s promises to help those American workers, who got him elected president, are not reflected in his budget proposal.  His budget undermines the very social safety net upon which many of his supporters rely.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump told hardworking Americans that he would fight for them, but his budget proposal intends to break those promises.

According to Politico, Trump's budget cuts more than $600 billion in Medicaid funding over the next ten years.  His proposed budget also cuts farm subsidies, student aid, food assistance, and Social Security Disability Insurance.  Furthermore, his budget cuts tax for millionaires and billionaires, who certainly don’t need their taxes to be cut.

A budget that helps hardworking Americans would invest in communities, early childhood education, job training, small business development, and infrastructure.  Over the long term those kinds of investments will help create jobs and build a strong economy.

According to a report by CBS News, the cost of prescription drugs for Americans under age 65 is projected to go up 11.6 percent this year.  And, for older Americans, the costs are projected to rise 9.9 percent.  However, wages are only expected to rise 2.5 percent.

Trump and congressional Republicans need to address the issue of bringing down prescription drug costs.  When a child gets sick, and a parent needs to fill a prescription, they shouldn’t have to go without.  Millions of American families are being forced to go without lifesaving medication, because they can’t afford the medication.

Big drug companies are sucking up an ever-increasing amounts of Americans’ income.  Millions of families would like to save for their child’s college education, or make a down payment on a house.  Instead, a greater amount of their income is being used for bonuses and stock options of drug company CEOs.

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