Another bad budget from Trump targets the poor


Trump's budget assumes that his package of tax cuts will lead to 3 percent annual growth in the national GDP, nearly five times the growth seen in the first quarter of this year (0.7 percent).

While lawmakers and analysts criticize the U.S. Government " s draft budget due to its unrealistic predictions and social cuts, the Donald Trump Administration defends it as an initiative focused on those "who pay".

But the blueprint reflects the administration's plan to "reform Medicaid" to the tune of $610 billion in savings over a decade.

"It's a unsafe plan that would raise the number of uninsured Americans, take food out of the mouths of hungry children, and drive more families into poverty", Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, said in a statement Tuesday.

In truth, Trump's first budget is merely a decent start. "At least we now have common objectives".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi branded the budget "a killer for the American people - literally a killer".

More notable is that the President's budget does not actually propose a specific tax cut, though the White House budget proposal refers to tax reform in general terms.

The new budget plan builds on Trump's March proposals, adding details to his goal of boosting defense spending by $54 billion, a 10 percent increase, for this year, with that boost financed by an equal cut to nondefense programs.

"If it's important enough for us to have then we should be paying for it, because right now my unborn grandchildren are going to be paying for it", Mulvaney said.

Current Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in an interview at the Peterson Fiscal Summit, downplayed the issue, saying the president's budget is "a preliminary document that will be refined as we go through the process of working with Congress determining how money is spent and working with the House and Senate on taxes".

The budget includes a $200 billion increase in infrastructure spending over the next decade.

The proposal reflects a conservative vision of smaller government, a drastic rollback of programs for the poor and disabled to prod them into the workforce and a robust hike for the military and border security.

"Having access to health care and food makes it possible to work", said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, director of income and work supports at the Center for Law and Social Policy. Critics who dispute the possibility of that, he said, are wrongheaded. "It will devastate rural economies and put critical programs on the chopping block". Those cuts might hit Utah recipients less because Utah never expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

"It makes [Medicaid] a lot better and a lot more able to deliver the necessary services to the people who need it", he said, noting that it gives "governors and the state legislatures a lot more control" over where and how to spend Medicaid money effectively. Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, said 1.6 million New Yorkers, including children, seniors and people with disabilities, could lose essential food assistance. Mazie Hirono denounced Trump and said she would fully condemn any proposed cuts made against Native Hawaiian educational programs, grants and opportunities for Hawaii's youth to learn about Native Hawaiian Culture.