DEFUNDING: Selling plowshares for swords


The Russian connections, the Nazi influences, the corrupt billionaire cabinet heads who almost without exception have publicly announced their determination to dismantle the very agencies they lead. This is only the beginning of the administration which has brought more damage to this country in less than two months than our worst enemies could do to us in years.

Recently announced budget cuts are heartless and despicable, threatening the very lives of those citizens the president has sworn to protect.  And just
to be sure there will be no money for these life-saving programs, he wastes more millions of dollars on costly weekend golfing trips, maintaining two official households and insisting on inquiries into his lies.   

• Mick Mulvaney, Director of WH Office of Management and Budget, apparently missed the irony of celebrating St Patricks Day by wearing a shamrock on his lapel while announcing spending cuts on food for the hungry.   

This man, whose ancestors presumably escaped starvation over a century ago by fleeing to America.

This man, speaking for an administration which demands “proof” that feeding hungry people “produces results” while at the same time brushing off science, CBO reports and any other data inconsistent with their agenda.    

This man, proclaiming, ”I’m responsible for getting the money together to build the wall, and that's what I'm doing”, proving the lie we already knew, which is that American citizens and not the Mexican government will be paying for that useless and odious wall.

• Meals on Wheels is ‘not showing any results’ only if you ignore
all these results

• ‘That Food Saved My Life,’ and Trump Wants to Cut It Off

Ryan says he's been dreaming of cutting Medicaid since he was
in college

Trump, Ryan budgets will kill more Americans per year than all Muslim extremist attacks combined
"It is a budget that targets, with precision, poor, sick and elderly Americans and cuts help to them in ways seemingly designed to kill them more rapidly than the current budget allows. It comes precariously close to a eugenics-premised approach. And all of it is lumped onto a repeal of healthcare reform that will even by itself result in the deaths of nearly 17,000 Americans during the next midterm election year alone.
"P.S. Guess where The Orangest Loser's going again this weekend? That makes 2.3 million meals."

•  Worker Safety Rules Are Among Those Under Fire
• Trump says his budget will make government ‘lean.’ It’s really a scam

• Here’s how much it costs you to provide Congress with pastries and coffee
• How much is Donald Trump’s travel and protection costing ?

• NYPD says Trump’s budget would gut New York’s counterterrorism efforts, make the city less safe

Let 'Em Die
"Slashing Meals on Wheels, which feeds a half million veterans and many (often-Trump voting) elderly residents while allowing them to stay at home, when one $3,000,000 golf trip to Mar-a-lago would cover 419,000 meals and, by year's end at this rate, 20 million meals.

"Cutting an annual National Endowment for the Arts budget that will only cover Melania's security at Trump Tower for almost five months. 

"Cutting National Historic Sites funding that will give her a couple more months, or PBS, which is only worth three weeks.   Hiking the defense budget $54 billion for more war, which could fund conflict resolution work at the Institute of Peace for 1,543 years; their funding will instead be cut."

• Donald Trump’s budget is destructive — and exactly what Steve Bannon wants

• President Eisenhower, 1953:
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies,
in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those
who are cold and are not clothed. 

This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat
of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this:
a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.
It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.
It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.

We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.
We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world
has been taking.      
This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. 
Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

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