The President has dramatically brought out his first budget. It was met with thundering….criticism.
Let’s face it. A budget is a pain in the butt to try to create and an even bigger pain to try to implement. There is always a bit of hurting in the budget, some things you just have to let go.
Thus the huffing and puffing about today’s budget roll out. The government has funded many things over the years that the public has come to expect as things which will always just be there.
Now, the new sheriff in town and his new posse have brought to the forefront a new way of looking at government. One that drastically cuts out the little guy and greatly improves the big guys.
There are several sites which list the groups which will see, if not total elimination altogether, drastic cuts to the funding that keeps these groups and institutions going.
Government is always rife with overspending and with places where several groups are trying to do the same things. In those cases, tightening up those overlaps is necessary.
This budget claims in several areas to do so. But in other areas, areas which are not favorable with this President, a budgetary bloodbath is planned.
I could go on and on about the things which are being targeted and how unfair they are to the rural and poor. Some of the most ardent supporters of this man are about to find out that their love hurts.
However, there was one comment made that I just could not let pass without comment.
Mr. Mulvaney, one of Mr. Trumps budget wonks, publicly stated in an interview that he could not see making a West Virginia coal miner or a single mom pay for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, that evil empire of Sesame Street, Dowton Abbey, The Victory Garden and The Fourth of July Washington Spectacular.
Mr. Trump was within his right to choose individuals for his team who mirrored his points of view. Unfortunately, billionaires do not have the background to understand some things.
I grew up without much. Cable was not ever an option, the good old antenna had to do. We were lucky to get three channels, one of which was PBS. PBS brought a world that was closed to those of us in the rural poor areas-it did more to expand our horizons than The Beverly Hillbillies ever could do.
Mr. Mulvaney may disparage PBS but to the poor coal miner or the single mom, I’m willing to bet that PBS has an important role in their lives. One can almost spit on one’s finger and get a PBS station for free which is certainly different than the cable or satellite bills. A family can get PBS stations on a $15.00 over the air HDTV box, a one time purchase, while the cheapest cable bill is still over $45 monthly.
Those in Washington seem to have lost any sense of …well sense. When the Republican representative said that people would have to choose between the I phone and their health care, he obviously did not understand that the health care offered would cost much more than the phone did, especially if it was second hand.
One of the things which has always annoyed me about the Republican Party is their constant hammering of the poor. If someone is poor, it obviously must be their own fault and if they’d just try a little harder on their own, their lives could be so much better.
Some folks can try all they want, but without a network that helps them get the contacts that they need, they will surely fail. I have had Republican friends scoff at that, but when I ask them how they got their job, their entry into the school they wanted, or just about any other thing they aspired to do, they mumble and mention someone who opened a door, paved a way, or mentored them. These are parts of the network that the poor often do not have.
This budget aims to eliminate more of those parts of the network. If I had a vote, I’d vote against it. Loudly.