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What can we take away from Trump’s 2020 budget proposal?

In early February 2020 President Donald Trump proposed his third budget for the year in which he has to run for re-election. But this budget follows a significant period of Trump’s presidency, a lengthy impeachment procedure that ended in acquittal and a massive popularity boost for the president. Is the budget likely to be passed by congress? What effect will it have on American society and the upcoming election? What can we take away from Trump’s 2020 budget proposal?
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A dangerous suite of cuts to what America needs to most

The vast majority of spending changes proposed in Trump’s 2020 budget are cuts, and those cuts span a wide range of the most important social dilemmas that the country currently faces, such as climate change, housing, infrastructure, healthcare and education. Trump is attempting to cut away at America’s social safety net, most shockingly by cutting $845 billion from Medicare and $1.5 trillion from Medicaid, despite promises not to, but cuts also include Social Security, Supplemental Nutrition Programs, and Student Loan subsidies, further undermining or failing America’s most vulnerable citizens. Most worrying and in fact the deepest cuts however were proposed to the environmental protection agency, an unbelievable proposal considering the country's recent battles with wildfires and the looming threat of climate change.

This budget will undoubtedly have a negative effect, it is a true statement of Trump’s values, cutting social spending, pandering to defence contractors and wall street billionaires, and abusing the fallacy of budget deficit to redirect government spending to security and commerce. This picture is only worse through the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, with any post-impeachment popularity boost well and truly ended with Trump's painful mishandling of the issue, this will cut the US economy far deeper than any reduction to spending Trump proposed. Yale psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee has gone so far as to describe Trump's response to COVID-19 genocidal, pointing out that "an overwhelming majority of COVID-19 illnesses and deaths are attributable to his failure to act or to use the resources at the government’s disposal" [1]. The 2020 budget may have set out to hurt American citizens to benefit corporate America, but the economic responce to COVID-19 has taken that to revolting new heights.

vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/3/11/18259789/trumps-2020-budget-proposal-cuts commondreams.org/views/2020/07/31/how-trump-broke-america-story-unparalleled-economic-pain-and-human-death washingtonmonthly.com/2020/04/13/heres-how-much-trumps-mishandling-of-covid-will-cost-the-economy rawstory.com/2020/05/trumps-coronavirus-response-is-genocide-yale-psychiatrist

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This budget will undoubtedly have a negative effect, it is a true statement of Trump’s values, cutting social spending, pandering to defence contractors and wall street billionaires, and abusing the fallacy of budget deficit to redirect government spending to security and commerce. This picture is only worse through the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, with any post-impeachment popularity boost well and truly ended with Trump's painful mishandling of the issue, this will cut the US economy far deeper than any reduction to spending Trump proposed. Yale psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee has gone so far as to describe Trump's response to COVID-19 genocidal, pointing out that "an overwhelming majority of COVID-19 illnesses and deaths are attributable to his failure to act or to use the resources at the government’s disposal" [1]. The 2020 budget may have set out to hurt American citizens to benefit corporate America, but the economic responce to COVID-19 has taken that to revolting new heights.

Bipartisan failure

Not only did the Democrat Party fail to form their own budget resolution for 2020, they have repeatedly failed to hold Trump accountable economically, and have enabled some of the worst economic policies of US history. Democrats passed military spending proposal in late 2019 allowing $738 billion in military spending, with $22 billion to the pentagon alone, while okaying Trumps space force, a seeming gift from democrats to someone they tried to impeach as a Russian puppet. This nonsensical double standard continued through the passing of a disastrously regressive Consolidated Appropriation Act 2020, and the shocking unrestrained CARES act which allowed unthinkable amounts of corporate bailouts while failing to address the needs of average citizen. The latter of which was in the midst of one of the worst failures of a government pandemic response seen in the world, but this failure is bipartisan, with both parties having their fingerprints all over these budgeting catastrophes.

unitedvoice.com/democrats-plan-to-skip-2020-budget commondreams.org/news/2019/12/12/atrocious-188-democrats-join-gop-hand-trump-738-billion-military-budget-includes peoplesworld.org/article/trump-launches-space-force-as-gop-and-dems-pass-738-billion-war-budget

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A path toward balancing the budget

Trump’s budget proposal for 2020 has been praised for its $4.6 trillion saving over the next decade, which will reduce US budget deficit spending and could balance the US deficit by 2035. Trump has proposed bigger spending reductions than any other US administration, making good on his campaign promises to tackle the national debt. According to Representative Ron Wright, Trump’s budget “cuts wasteful government spending, reduces duplication and eliminates federally funded projects that do not produce positive results … while ensuring that our servicemen and women have what they need to keep our nation safe at home and abroad.” [1]

[1] foxnews.com/opinion/rep-ron-wright-washingtons-big-spending-is-a-serious-problem-but-trump-is-helping

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