What does Vice President Mike Pence and the rest of the Trump Administration require to start prioritizing the needs of the American people over more guns and bombs? Do people need to be dying of starvation in the streets – I mean, more than they already are? What is the point of all this violent madness?

From the Dayton Daily News:

Vice President Mike Pence vowed the Trump administration would “rebuild the military” and seek the biggest increases in defense spending since the Reagan era…

Pence cited a $21 billion boost in military spending President Donald Trump signed into law recently, the largest increase in nearly a decade, and vowed the administration was committed to bigger defense budgets.

“…We will rebuild our military, restore the arsenal of democracy, and we will once again as a nation give our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard the resources and training you deserve to accomplish your mission and come home safe,” he said. In the proposed fiscal year 2018 defense budget scheduled to be unveiled within days, “we’re going to propose the largest in increase in defense spending since the days of Ronald Reagan,” he said.

I can hardly wait. But wait, what’s this from the Washington Post?

President Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits, people familiar with the planning said, despite growing unease in Congress about cutting the safety net.

For Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health care to low-income Americans, Trump’s budget plan would follow through on a bill passed by House Republicans to cut more than $800 billion over 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that this could cut off Medicaid benefits for about 10 million people over the next decade…

Trump offered a streamlined version of the budget plan in March, but it dealt only with the 30 percent of government spending that is appropriated each year. In that budget, he sought a big increase in military and border spending combined with major cuts to housing, environmental protection, foreign aid, research and development.

This is insane. I’ve often used the analogy that jacking up military spending while shredding programs that help everyday Americans is like stocking guns and ammunition in the attic while the children go hungry in the kitchen.

This is far worse than that already absurd image. This is wanton cruelty. This is the paterfamilias proposing to put bars over all the windows, install a moat, erect steel walls, place howitzers all over the roof, and spend the last nut on ridiculous amounts of ammunition, and funding it by removing bedrooms, the sump pump, all books, and any visits to the doctor or the grocery store.

These people are the worst.

D.C. DeWitt is a writer and man of sport and leisure. He has also written for Government Executive online, the National Journal’s Hotline, and The New York Observer’s Politicker.com. He is the Associate Editor of The Athens NEWS in Athens, Ohio. DeWitt can be found on Facebook and Twitter @DC_DeWitt.

 

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