When the nationalist, populist movement caught fire during the campaign with Donald Trump as its messenger, most voters understood the battle that would ensue over the fight for the direction of the country. As Steve Bannon once said, “If you think they’re going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken.”
Millions of Americans have woken up to the reality that we have a one-party political system – a political ruling class comprised of rich, establishment elites, all with a common goal – big government control and serving their own self interests.
Never has that reality been more evident than now, as the Republican-led Congress presented its five-month budget proposal, leaving Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to celebrate. “I think we had a strategy and it worked,” Schumer told The Washington Post. In the end, each party blames one another for not being able to get anything done and the only person left holding the bag is you and I.
The Shocking Budget Details
So exactly what was in this Republican-led budget proposal that left Pelosi and Schumer jumping for joy? Below are some of the key elements of this proposal that will likely leave you scratching your head if you’re a Trump voter:
- No funding for the border wall – Not only is Mexico not paying for it, apparently nobody is.
- Less than half of the requested funding for border security – So no wall (which the Border Patrol says we need immediately), and far less money than needed to strongly secure the border. I guess it’s a good thing that President Trump’s position alone seems to be slowing down illegal immigration drastically, because it doesn’t appear anything new will be.
3) No provision to defund sanctuary cities – Keeping with the trend of being terrible on illegal immigration, sanctuary cities will continue to receive federal funding while harboring illegal immigrants in violation of federal law.
4) No provision to defund Planned Parenthood – It was only two weeks ago that President Trump signed legislation aimed at cutting off federal funding to the group.
5) No significant cuts for the Environmental Protection Agency – President Trump proposed a 31% cut in spending, and to eliminate a quarter of the agency’s 15,000 jobs.
6) Funding for Obamacare subsidies – With a replacement not in sight, expensive funding for the disastrous Obamacare continues.
7) Significant increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health – President Trump proposed about a billion dollars in cuts, and instead the funding was increased by $2 billion.
8) Funding for Community Development Block Grants – Unfortunately it was discovered that the Meals on Wheels service (which is funded by this grant) has been serving mostly Washington DC-area elites, instead of low-income people who need it. President Trump proposed eliminating the program altogether, but instead the same level of funding ($3 billion) will remain in place.
9) Funding for Puerto Rico – It was only last week that President Trump spoke out against bailing out Puerto Rico at the expense of taxpayers, calling it unfair. This proposal includes $295 million for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program.
9) Only half of the requested funding requested for the military – President Trump has repeatedly promised to significantly increase military spending, and rebuild the armed forces. He proposed a $30 billion dollar increase in military spending and will receive only $15 billion of that in this budget. With war looming in North Korea, and our ongoing fight against ISIS, one has to wonder why this wouldn’t be more of an immediate priority if our armed forces truly need to be rebuilt.
10) Rise in non-defense domestic spending – President Trump proposed $18 billion in cuts to domestic discretionary spending as part of his plan to shrink the deficit. Instead this proposal will ensure the size of the government grows.
11) Language allowing the Secretary of Homeland Security to increase the number of foreign workers allowed into the U.S. through the H-2B visa program – I would question how this puts America first, but certainly this is the exact opposite of President Trump’s economic agenda.
12) 2,500 more visas for Afghans to come to the U.S. – Our own government has admitted that Afghans who come to the U.S. on visas cannot be properly vetted for our safety. President Trump’s repeated attempts at an Executive Order to correct this have been stopped by liberal, activist judges with ties to former President Barack Obama. In spite of our safety being at risk, our government will continue to allow people from the Middle East to enter our country without being properly vetted, and unsure if they can assimilate to Western Civilization.
An Act of Defiance by the Establishment Elite
This budget proposal is an act of defiance – a middle finger from the GOP establishment to President Trump and the nationalist, populist agenda that he campaigned on. President Trump’s response was equally concerning, as he indicated he was very happy with it and would be signing it. It’s high time for President Trump to stop blaming Democrats and begin fighting the real enemy, the political establishment elite (which comes in all political parties). He can start by vetoing this bill, and taking his case to the American people.