How big are the social program cuts included in this budget? Massive. These are the largest cuts to social programs and the safety net to be proposed by a president in decades.
Dylan Matthews, Vox: The trillions in shocking cuts in Donald Trump’s budget
How big are the social program cuts included in this budget? Massive. These are the largest cuts to social programs and the safety net to be proposed by a president in decades. No legislation enacted in recent decades cut low-income programs by as much. CONTINUE READING
Derek Thompson, The Atlantic: Trump’s Budget Is a Cruel Con
Trump ran for office on a promise to drain the swamp, cut down the establishment, and return power to the downtrodden. In office, he’s taken little time to immerse himself in policy details while allowing Randian conservatives to dictate health-care and budget policy. There is no federal judge to affirm that the president has abandoned his campaign pledges out of indifference or ignorance, but the fraud is just as clear. Once again, the con is that he cared. CONTINUE READING
Katrina vanden Heuvel, Washington Post: Trump Escalates War on Women
Despite the grim developments, women are responding with an outpouring of political energy. Since the Women’s March in January, thousands of women have expressed interest in running for office. They are jamming the phone lines on Capitol Hill. And they are making a more powerful case than ever that reproductive rights are not merely a women’s health issue, but an essential component of economic health and security as well. CONTINUE READING