by Allegra Zick
To quote Bernie Sanders, “At a time of massive inequality, this budget provides $1.9 trillion in tax breaks for the top 1%. This is not a bad budget bill, it is a horrific bill.” Why? Over the next decade $1 trillion is cut from Medicaid and $47.3 billion from Medicare. Only Republicans supported it. Tammy Baldwin’s and Sanders’ proposed amendments were blocked by the Republicans who did not want it exposed that the tax bill benefited the Koch brothers, Donald Trump, and their billionaire friends. Baldwin’s amendment to prevent increasing the deficit in order to fund tax cuts for millionaire and billionaires was also blocked. This budget will cut health care, food stamps, the earned –income credit, child tax credit, supplemental security for disabled and children, and Pell grants for education harming the most vulnerable, and working families will pay in order to keep taxes low for the 1% for the next ten years.
There will be stunning cuts to everything outside of the military, not seen since the time of Herbert Hoover which includes services that contribute to our safety, health, environmental and water and sewage protections, medical research, modern infrastructure, and education.