Now, let’s look at what Trump put in the budget proposal released yesterday, from Paul Waldman and Greg Sargent:
Some of the highlights:
- The Trump budget would cut about $845 billion from Medicare over 10 years
- It cuts $241 billion from Medicaid
- It would push Medicaid toward block grants which cap the amount each state would receive, which when the money runs out would result in pared-back benefits, recipients being tossed off the program or both
- It would eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid, which would mean millions would lose their health coverage
- It would cut $25 billion from Social Security
- It would impose work requirements on recipients of food stamps, Medicaid and housing assistance, forcing them to navigate a bureaucratic maze or lose their benefits
- It would cut $220 billion from food stamps
- It would cut $1.1 trillion from domestic discretionary programs, which do not include Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security
- It would cut the Department of Housing and Urban Development by 16 percent and the Education Department by 12 percent
- It would cut the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent
In short, it’s Ryan’s dream come true.
Now, it’s entirely possible this stuff was cobbled together by staff, and Trump himself never saw it. After all, in the past few days he’s been hard at work tweeting that climate change is a hoax and that he has found new ways to be more efficient with names. But he might have noticed that the timing of this budget was a tad awkward, as we’re in the middle of a tax season in which millions of Americans are realizing they were conned about getting a tax cut.
Further, in 2016, older white voters were Trump’s most reliable demographic. You’d think this would piss them off. However, one suspects they aren’t calling this out much on Fox News …