RIP, Compassionate Conservativism

Before we begin commenting on The Russian Usurper’s deeply troubling budget, let’s recall that all budgets proposed by all preznints are aspirational. Whatever comes out at the end of the process rarely is the same as what goes in.

That said, we can see that the preznint aspires to kill us all.

The president’s budget plan calls for more than $1 trillion in cuts to a wide range of social programs with millions of beneficiaries, from farm subsidies to federal student aid. That includes a $600 billion cut to Medicaid over 10 years, despite Trump’s repeated promises on the campaign trail not to cut the program. The budget also takes an ax to the federal food stamp program and Social Security Disability Insurance.

Trump also proposes some of the deepest cuts to agriculture subsidies since Ronald Reagan, squeezing out nearly $50 billion over 10 years.

Trump’s budget would drastically cut domestic programs controlled by Congress, slashing $1.7 trillion over 10 years. At the end of the decade, the U.S. would spend nearly twice as much on defense as on other domestic programs. Domestic discretionary spending would be capped at $429 billion per year, below 2004 levels, while military spending soars to $722 billion.

I have not read the document yet, so I’m relaying heresay info, so this may all change later:

Safety-net programs cut significantly: No Social Security (retirement payments) or Medicare cuts. But many will argue that cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) would break his promise not to cut SS.

Massive cuts to non-defense discretionary spending. Hardest hit: EPA (31.4% off budget in first year), State (-29.1%), Ag (-20.5%), Labor (-19.8%), HHS (-16.2%).

And as part of the balancing act, The Russian Usurper plans to sell off about half of the Strategic Oil Reserve. And as part of the attempt to make this pig balance, they assume that cutting these programs, cutting taxes on the very wealthy will stimulate the economy to grow at 3% annually, which is about double our current rate. Lotsa luck with that. Study after study shows that giving more money to rich people and corporations means rich people stash it away and companies buy-back their own stock, while average people spend it. Our demand-based economy depends upon people spending money.

ZEGS and amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell have cut a deal with Trump that he can grift us unimpeded as long as he signs whatever they put in front of him. I think they will like this budget, it accomplishes their goals of punishing the poor and lavishing favors on the wealthy.

Cleek’s Law says that the base will go along with it because it sure makes them Liberals mad. Not so sure what happens when Meemaw and PawPaw have to move in with them as assisted living care for the elderly ends. But I suppose that they will have a spare bedroom after Junior addiction resolves itself. So there’s that.

We’ve noted before that Compassionate Conservativism was a marketing slogan, and now that is clearly dead. OMB Director Mick Mulvaney has fetishized money to the point that he wants us to feel compassion for it, too. A line from Axios:

Takeaway from briefing by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney: The Trump administration wants to redefine what “compassion” means. Mulvaney says it should no longer be measured based on how many programs are in effect or how many people are receiving the benefit. He wants “compassion” to be broadened to include whether the government is ripping off taxpayers.


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3 Responses to RIP, Compassionate Conservativism

  1. roket says:

    I’ve never understood why farmers vote republican but every farmer I know votes republican.


    • Jim says:

      We have a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of VA. The vast majority of farmers vote solidly Republican but not all of them by any means, especially the ones who moved there from the blue states. And most of the ones that do vote GOP have the Confederate battle flag flying from their porches.


  2. w3ski says:

    Rocket, I think the Farmers support he rethugs for the farm support monies. Too bad Cheetolini doesn’t care.
    I have never seen any evidence in my 63 years of Conservatives being compassionate. Neither have I seen any evidence of them being “conservative” of anything except their own income.
    It is All a marketing ploy as far as I can see.
    The latest crop of Rethugs are as dead set at killing off a large swath of the population as any of them since the ‘nazis’ in ww2. We just haven’t gotten to gas chambers yet, but what else can they do when large parts of the country are starving and ill and if they had any energy they would riot?
    I have read a lot of science fiction in my life and I for one Really don’t like where this story is heading!

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