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More money for the Pentagon to save the sick and the poor

With his groundbreaking book "The other America" proposed by the sociologist Michael Harrington in 1962, the Alarm because of the rampant poverty in the United States. Three years later, President Lyndon Johnson opened his "war on poverty", in fact, the American poverty rate dropped, especially among the elderly.

On Monday the President submitted the budget for the in October, 2019 the beginning allowed end of financial year 2020 an insight into the Priority of the government Trump. The fight against poverty is not one of them. While the White house wants to give the Pentagon more funding, as the Ministry requested, and the defense budget of 718 billion dollars to 750 billion would increase, is to cut social programs for the poor, disabled and sick Americans.

Of Trumps election campaign promise, the budget in eight years to balance, is much to be desired.

According to the last available Figures from the U.S. census office, nearly 40 million Americans lived in 2017 in poverty. Every fifth child grows up poor, women in particular suffer from poverty. Nevertheless, on Monday presented the budget housing and food wants to cut aid to 237 million dollars. Particularly hard the Budget would meet the sick Americans living in poverty. Your state medical assistance "Medicaid" should be reduced according to the will of the White house in the course of the next decade to $ 1.1 trillion.

"Medicare", the state medical care of the elderly, would have to anticipate large losses. Of Trumps campaign promises, the budget in eight years to balance, not much left: Only in 15 years, the deficits will disappear. They had risen in the Wake of the Republican tax cuts, mostly businesses and wealthy Americans benefited, greatly.

in addition to numerous assistance programs for the needy, the budget sets other characters: The funding for the environmental protection Agency, EPA, are to be cut by almost a third, the Ministry of education loses 12 per cent compared to the previous year, and the Ministry of transport, 22 per cent. Also, the budget for foreign aid, as well as the Ministry of foreign Affairs are incurring significant losses.

criticism from the left to the right

the President calls for even more of 8.6 billion dollars for the construction of a border wall with Mexico. The democratic Opposition in Congress has rejected the budget on Monday already. "It's not in the house of representatives," said John Yarmuth, the democratic Chairman of the budget Committee.

Several Republican senators, and the governors of States to have reported the same concerns. Governors of both parties fear that the spending cuts of the "Medicaid" aufbürdeten the States to additional expenditure for the medical care of the poor. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 12.03.2019, 10:39 PM

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