When self-proclaimed billionaire Donald Trump started out on the campaign trail to become the 45th president of the United States, it came as a shock that so many white working class people became supporters. What could a New York City real estate developer who primarily dealt with luxury buildings and resorts catering to the uber-wealthy possibly have in common with someone making minimum wage?
Though Trump and the people he associates with will never have to worry about such mundane things as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, his campaign promise not to touch these programs helped ingratiate him to ardent followers.
I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Huckabee copied me.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2015
I am going to save Medicare and Medicaid, Carson wants to abolish, and failing candidate Gov. John Kasich doesn't have a clue - weak!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2015
All of those promises have come crashing down as Trump unveiled his 2018 plan, and Twitter has the receipts.
Trump: “I was the first & only GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.” #TrumpBudget: Cuts Medicare $237 Billion, the EPA 34% & State Dept. 27% to offset his tax cuts for the rich.— Luisa Haynes (@wokeluisa) February 13, 2018
What kind of hypocrisy is this?
If you were wondering how Trump plans to pay for his tax cuts for billionaires and corporations, now you know: with $1.8 trillion in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 12, 2018
After giving massive tax cuts to billionaires, President Trump’s disgraceful budget slashes Medicaid, Medicare, nutrition assistance, heating assistance & attempts yet again to repeal the ACA. This Robin-Hood-in-reverse agenda is the last thing American families need. #HandsOff https://t.co/csk2gSnUsA— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) February 12, 2018
This will no surprise to the majority of Americans but trump lied again. He said “no cuts to Medicare, Social Security or Medicaid”. We all knew it was a lie. That is how he intended to fund his tax cuts for the wealthy. His base will suffer the most. When will they learn?— American Veteran (@amvetsupport) February 13, 2018
With trump pushing for $237 billion in Medicare cuts to pay for rich people’s tax cuts, I’m sure Cult45 won’t mind paying for their parents or their own medical care with their giant, temporary $100 tax cut. Oops..not enough. Dig deep in ur pockets. You’ve been conned. Told ya.— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) February 12, 2018
It wasn't just Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare taking a hit. Many other programs and agencies are being underfunded, including the Environmental Protection Agency and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps).
Trump's budget proposal includes:— Vox (@voxdotcom) February 12, 2018
– $700 billion in 10-year savings by “repealing and replacing” Obamacare
– more than $200 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps)
– $266 billion in cost reduction in Medicare
A few snapshots of the $4.4T Trump budget:— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) February 12, 2018
* 27% cut to State Dept
*34% cut to EPA
* 14% increase for Pentagon
*$18B over 2 yrs for border wall
*2019 deficit projected at $984B; red ink totals $7.1T over 10 yrs
*Entitlement cuts of $1.7T over a decade, incl $237B from Medicare
Drastic eliminations are part of the plan.
Trump's appalling budget would abolish the National Endowment for the humanities & the National Endowment for the Arts. I have seen wonderful results from the NEA, & I have directed 9 NEH summer seminars & lived the extraordinary learning experiences of participants & director— Daniel R. Schwarz (@danRSchwarz) February 13, 2018
But not all programs will take a loss. The military and immigration enforcement will see increases, with $716 billion going toward military spending and maintenance for the nuclear arsenal, along with $23 billion going to border security, including the "wall" that Mexico was supposed to pay for.
Trump tells Puerto Rico, hit by natural disaster “You threw our budget out of whack”— Jason Narducy (@SplitSingleband) February 7, 2018
- asks American taxpayers for $18 BIL for wall
- spends $100 MIL plus on golf trips
- gives billionaires $1.5 TRIL tax cut
- asks Pentagon for multi- million $ military parade
I say since @realDonaldTrump PROMISED Mexico would pay for his WALL and LIED about that - those that voted FOR Trump should be the ones who pay for his wall that will accomplish nothing other than waste tax payers money. His "base" doesn't care, so let them pay for it! https://t.co/VDTckxP1f0— MaryInCary (@MaryHeartsCats) February 13, 2018