Patrick Martin: ‘Trump budget to fund wider wars by slashing domestic spending’, wsws.org
“The budget outline issued by the Trump administration Thursday morning is a blueprint for social counterrevolution. It proposes a massive increase in spending on military operations and domestic repression, while slashing domestic social programs by as much as 30 percent and eliminating dozens of agencies and programs outright.
The document deals only with discretionary spending, funds that must be appropriated each year by Congress, accounting for about one-quarter of the $4 trillion that the US government will spend in the fiscal year that begins October 1.
The budget leaves open the fate of the remaining $3 trillion in federal spending, which includes payments under entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and food stamps, as well as other legally required payments, such as interest on the national debt.”
(The very long and hideous rest is here.) Martin lists the 19 federal agencies jettisoned entirely, but I hope he knows that disappearing USAID (aided by the CIA) would be a benefit to the rest of the world that doesn’t happen to be ‘under NATO’s umbrella’. Martin also claims that ‘After criticism by congressional hawks like Senator John McCain, and pushback from the military brass, the Pentagon’s budget will rise to $639 billion.” I haven’t seen that elsewhere, unless he means Herr T’s supplementary budget of however-many billions to…fight IS™. His take that T’s increasing the military budget is a sop to the deep state military for his (ahem) former promise to ‘get along with Russia’ and giving back the CIA’s right to drone ‘targets’ at will is as well. He don’t want no frickin’ deep state military or CIA coup against him, does he?
Finian Cunningham at RT expressed it: ‘Trump dons ‘full-metal-jacket’ in embrace of war economy’
TRNN says ‘Trump’s Budget Shreds the Social Safety Net; President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget so far reflects Steve Bannon’s agenda to ‘deconstruct the administrative state’
Yes, Wenonaha Hauter: ‘Guns Trump Butter in White House Budget’, Counterpunch.
“Our food, water and climate are under attack in this budget, which will heat the planet, slash our environmental protections, and starve communities of needed resources to remain healthy and thriving.
Trump’s budget, as expected, is a gut punch to protections to our food, water, environment and communities—including the rural communities that helped put him in the White House.”
Chris Floyd‘s March 17 ‘Useless Eaters and Ethnic Purity: the Trump/Bannon War for Biological Nationhood’. He opens with:
“The Trump regime has defended its plan to cut the “Meals on Wheels” program by saying it “doesn’t show any results.” What kind of “results” are they talking about? The program delivers meals to shut-ins; the shut-ins eat the meal; they don’t starve to death. That is the result, and it happens all day every day. It is one of the most “resultful” programs in existence. But notice that the Trumpists aren’t saying we can’t afford the program; they are clearly saying it’s not delivering the results they want to see. And what are the only “results” produced by not delivering meals to the sick and shut-in who can’t provide for themselves? THEY WILL DIE.” then closes with:
“For the moment, it doesn’t look like actual systematic mass extermination is on the cards; so perhaps we can call their present approach the “Semi-Final Solution.” But who knows what wonders await us down the line. As the late, great Leonard Cohen said: “I’ve seen the future, brother: it is murder.”
Here’s a bit of a counter-factual, FWIW. As in: “We’ll see what happens down the road to DHS as far as cuts”. But why make any cuts? Oh; to skinnify the budget.
Chuckles Schumer said the budget would kill the middle class. Well yes, but how about the wretchedly poor underclass, Chuck? The hungry, the bleeding, those poor parents who can’t afford ‘school choice’, or the children whose families are utterly dependent on the food served at their school programs, including before and after school and so many others of the Pauper Class?
Sure this is Trump’s opening gambit, and he’ll be open to some tweaks, but remember, Chuckles: in May after the ‘Offishull’ budget arrives, eight D Senators will have to cross the aisle to vote it into policy. We’ll watch what you do, not what you say as you rail against it, then fold in TINA-ness.
Will you and your comrades object to the increase in the military budget (past posturing that is)? Becuse make no mistake: again all hopes to the opposite, this is a War President, now prosecuting, extending, and expanding not only Obama’s wars, but with an assured even larger ‘presence’ in Africa, as per General Thomas Waldhauser’s recent plea to Congress to end the budgetary constraints facing Africom in the ‘Scramble for Africa’ (wsws.org) and the proxy wars he’s frantic about. Yeah, rule by the oligarchy has always been; your darlin’ Clinton would have been close to the same.
“We’re only there for the mine-sweeping, not guarding the port from the evil Rossians!”
“So many ter’ists, so little time! And money! Pay up, Frau Merkel, as we can do more!”
Africom Retweet from National Patriotic (p)Rressitutes:
From a Revolutionary War deserter (“It ain’t my fight, you know? Don’t own no slaves. Ain’t gonna die so they can get rich selling cotton.) era egalitarian:
Newton Knight: “From this day forward we declare the land north of Pascagoula Swamp, south of enterprise and east to the Pearl River to the Alabama border, to be a Free State of Jones. And as such we do hereby proclaim and affirm the following principles. Number one, no man ought to stay poor so another man can get rich. Number two, no man ought to tell another man what you got to live for or what he’s got to die for. Number three, what you put in the ground is yours to tend and harvest and there ain’t no man ought to be able to take that away from you. Number four, every man is a man. If you walk on two legs, you’re a man. It’s as simple as that.”