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" . 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.