Economy

Social Media Is Putting the Spotlight on the Worst Cuts in Trump's Budget

May 23rd 2017

By:
Mike Rothschild

President Donald Trump's draft budget — with calls for $4.3 trillion in spending cuts over ten years — has sent shockwaves through government agencies and the media. The budget includes over $1 trillion in cuts to almost every federal agency not directly tied to the military, and over $600 billion in cuts to Medicaid and Social Security disability — both of which Trump once pledge to protect.

 

 

Trump's budget also calls for massive reductions in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), colloquially known as food stamps and welfare. Housing and Urban Development is also set to be cut dramatically, with community development grants disappearing altogether. 

The budget also slashes money spent on medical and scientific research, Health and Human Services programs, and retirement benefits for federal employees. The deluge of proposed cuts sparked outrage on social media, with #TrumpBudget becoming a trending topic on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

The budget's cuts to research and treatment programs run by the National Institutes of Health were particularly galling to those who have survived life-threatening diseases, or who work in medical fields that will be affected. To many these people, the budget is an attack not just on federal spending, but on their very lives and livelihoods. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some critics pointed out that the budget makes major cuts to disability and assistance programs that are heavily relied upon in states that Trump won.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others noted that Trump was proposing massive cuts to entitlement programs he'd promised to keep intact.

 

 

 

 

Beyond the massive cuts, a number of peopled mocked the budget for relying on revenue raised through implausible projections of economic growth — and what appears to be a $2 trillion mathematical mistake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still, Trump's budget seems extremely unlikely to survive congressional scrutiny intact. Traditionally, presidential drafts of budgets are seen only as a blueprint, and are never passed without major changes by members of Congress who are keen on trying to save or grow programs from which their constituents benefit.

That's likely to be the fate of Trump's budget. Both sides of the aisle have decried the cuts as too steep and harsh, and no less than John Cornyn, the second-highest ranking Republican in the Senate, declared it "dead on arrival."