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(BERKELEY, CA.) -- Donald
Trump ran for president as a man of the people, who was going to fight
those who were left behind – but everything we’re hearing about his
forthcoming federal budget says exactly the opposite: Spending that’s a
deal for big corporations that have hired armies of lobbyists, and
the wealthiest few like himself. But leaving everyone else a lot worse
are four important early warning flares:
1. Trump’s budget
will increase military spending by 10 percent (even
U.S. military expenditures already exceed the next seven largest
budgets around the world, combined). And that’s frankly scary
for a lot of
reasons from what it signals about his foreign policy priorities to the
of that whopping spending hike like this on other parts of the budget.
2. Trump actually
plans to cut corporate taxes (even though U.S
profits after are higher as a percentage of the economy than they’ve
3. He’s going to
pay for this – in part – by cutting billions of
dollars from the Environmental Protection Agency (which
would strip the EPA of
almost all its capacity to enforce environmental laws and regulations,
time when climate change threatens the future of the planet).
precisely the opposite of what the United States ought to be doing.
4. Last – but by no means least –
huge leaps in military spending plus tax cuts
will also mean big cuts to programs like food stamps
and Medicaid (at
a time when the U.S. has the highest poverty rate among all advanced
including more than 1 in 5 American children).
This is only the first step in the budget process,
but with Republicans in control of both the House and the Senate these
priorities have a good chance of being enacted, which is why we have to
our voices – and push back – now.
in Congress are likely still recovering from the last recess – dubbed
“Resistance Recess.” We need to take that winning spirit of resistance
budget fight – and the time to start is right now.
let your members of Congress know that Trump’s budget is not your
spending and tax priorities are not in the best interest of most
then let’s get to work to make sure we get a Congress in 2018 that
B. REICH is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the
University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum
Center for Developing Economies.
served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration and Time
magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries
of the 20th century.
has written 14 books, including the best-sellers Aftershock,
Work of Nations, Beyond Outrage and most recently Saving
is also a founding editor of The American Prospect
chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences and co-creator of the award-winning documentary
INEQUALITY FOR ALL.