How to make America Great Again: One full bottle of Environmental Protection Agency, 1 stick of Health Department, 2 cups of Center for Disease control, 3 cups of Department of Education, 1 tablespoon of AIDS relief program, a teaspoon of financial aid, and a dash of Department of Transportation. Looks like a full day at the supermarket.
In order to erect an exclusively and egregious wall along the Mexican border and defend our borders from penniless immigrants, it’s apparent that Donald Trump is willing to sacrifice our children’s futures, our nation’s health, our environmental fate.
Just days ago, President Donald Trump’s budget proposal dropped and took government support for important programs that secure, protect and ensure our nation’s future with it. Most of these cuts were made with the purpose of carving out a solid 30 billion dollars in excess in order to fulfill one of Trump’s most discriminatory and anti-American promises. To “protect” our borders from “dangerous” asylum seeking immigrants and refugees.
This budget proposal is a recipe for disaster and should not represent America’s 2018 and beyond. Take the Department of Education, facing a cutback of $9 billion. That means the death of 20 programs that currently benefit our nation’s young minds are eliminated, including benefits for low income students seeking to begin their lives with the solid foundation that comes with a good education. Is a shiny new barbed wire clad wall worth our children’s futures, Mr. Trump?
The budget dumps a mountain of dirt on one side of the playing field, the same one that has taken decades to level. The proposal is a kick in the face to our nation's poor, cutting $6 billion in public housing. These residences offer a reprieve to America’s most underprivileged. The budget means the end to many cleanup projects with the sole purpose of improving American lives. This could possibly even force the displacement and continual suffering of countless seniors and disabled poor, as well as the 70,000 children that call deteriorating public housing home.
The budget also cuts programs that aid citizens who are incapable of paying their bills as well as seeking assistance in legal troubles. It even cuts the funding for anti-poverty programs such as Meals on Wheels, an organization that brings food to the elderly who cannot pay for nourishment, or are too at-risk to leave their homes and retrieve it themselves. “My 72-year-old neighbor had been eating from dumpsters,” reports one volunteer, “but thanks to the Meals on Wheels in my hometown, he started receiving nutritious meals.” According to Trump this critical service is ineffective and does not yield results. Would he be more satisfied with our nation’s elderly dumpster diving, scrapping together at best 3 "meals" a day? Are 2 million hungry bellies the price of our “safety,” the cost of our cold shoulder towards immigrants?
Without the EPA, air pollution could claim more lives than it already has, 6 million per year, 200,000 of which are in the US alone. How does this compare to the matter that Trump deems more of a threat? Roughly 6 people a year are killed from terrorist attacks perpetrated by foreigners. That is 0.003% of the number of deaths caused by air pollution.
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