Saturday, Mar 18, 2017
Last week, United States President Donald Trump issued his proposed federal budget for 2018, titled “America First — A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” It might as well be labelled: “A Document to make the US a global police force again, while criminalising poverty at home.” The 62-page document is the greatest example so far of Trump’s lack of compassion.
The budget starts with the ludicrous, politicised lie that former US-president Barack Obama has slashed military spending, reducing US forces to dangerous levels. Obama oversaw larger military budgets than former president George W. Bush in all but two years of his presidency, but in the post-fact presidency of Trump, that doesn’t matter. The only thing that does is Trump finding a way to justify the largest budget-cuts since the Second World War, as well as building his “wall” between Mexico and the US. Trump’s $54 billion (Dh198.61 billion) increase in military spending looks to be how he will justify these cuts.
The Department of State, which includes the US Agency for International Development Foreign Aid, which is supposed to help National Security, would be cut by $10.6 billion, or 28 per cent.
One can only hope that Congress can find a way — or at least the compassion— to say no to Trump’s absurd and inhuman budget blueprint.
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