The God-King’s budget would take an axe to the federal workforce to boost the military…. (More)
“These are cuts that would require a wholesale triage of a vast array of federal activities”
President Trump’s budget proposal this week would shake the federal government to its core if enacted, culling back numerous programs and expediting a historic contraction of the federal workforce.
This would be the first time the government has executed cuts of this magnitude – and all at once – since the drawdown following World War II, economists and budget analysts said.
But unlike the post-WWII drawdown, the God-King’s budget would mushroom military spending:
“Unfortunately, we have no alternative but to reinvest in our military and make ourselves a military power once again,” National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn said on Fox News Sunday.
Never mind that we already spend more on our military than the next seven nations combined. Apparently all that money is not enough to be “a military power.”
The cuts Trump plans to propose this week are also expected to lead to layoffs among federal workers, changes that would be felt sharply in the Washington area. According to an economic analysis by Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, the reductions outlined so far by Trump’s advisers would reduce employment in the region by 1.8 percent and personal income by 3.5 percent, and lower home prices by 1.9 percent.
“These are not the kind of cuts that you can accommodate by tightening the belt one notch, by shaving a little bit off of a program, or by downsizing a few staff here or there,” said Robert Reischauer, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office. “These are cuts that would require a wholesale triage of a vast array of federal activities.”
The God-King will reportedly cut the HUD budget by 14%, forcing 12 million families out of public housing or off rent subsidies. It will also cut one-in-five EPA employees and slash the Commerce Department budget by 16%, including funding for climate change research, weather satellites, and other such activities. Because, honestly, who really needs advance warning of blizzards, tornados, hurricanes, and the like?
But why worry, the God-King’s advisors insist:
Mick Mulvaney, head of the Office of Management and Budget, said on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program last week that it was important for the administration to change how Washington thinks.
“We don’t solve problems by simply throwing money at them,” he said.
Well, except for the military. Apparently we can never throw enough money at the Pentagon….
“Nobody will be worse off financially”
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price made a bold promise during a Sunday morning interview with Meet the Press. “Nobody will be worse off financially” under the Republicans’ new health care plan, he boasted.
Let’s be clear: This is a lie. Price is making an impossible promise. Low-income Americans would receive significantly less help to purchase private coverage on the individual market under the Republican plan in Congress right now. The plan would also end Medicaid expansion in two years, forcing many even lower-income Americans to lose health coverage.
There is nothing in the plan to suggest those low-income Americans would suddenly gain cheaper – or even comparable – coverage to make up for what they lose.
Simply, there is no way to craft a health care plan where everyone gets better care at less net cost. Not even single-payer would do that, because to fund single-payer we’d need higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires. Every health care package has winners: people whose net taxes, health insurance premiums, and out-of-pocket health expenses will be lower. And every health care package has losers: people whose net taxes, health insurance premiums, and out-of-pocket health expenses will be higher.
The Affordable Care Act made winners of most median- and low-income families, and losers of a wealthiest few. The GOP’s Wealthcare Act would reverse that, making winners of a wealthy few and lowers of most median- and low-income families. While Republicans insist that making the rich richer helps everyone, because those richer rich create new jobs, there is no historical evidence for this ‘trickle-down’ magic. Quite the contrary, that dark magic set the stage for the 2008 meltdown and the Great Recession.
So yes, Secretary Price is lying … and thank you, Vox, for saying it bluntly.
“They were four times more likely to have a child as a finalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search than were parents who were both born in the United States”
A new study from the National Foundation for American Policy found a remarkable 83% (33 of 40) of the finalists of the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search were the children of immigrants. The competition organized each year by the Society for Science & the Public is the leading science competition for U.S. high school students.
Both family-based and employment-based immigrants were parents of finalists in 2016. In fact, 75% – 30 out of 40 – of the finalists had parents who worked in America on H-1B visas and later became green card holders and U.S. citizens. That compares to seven children who had both parents born in the United States.
To put that in perspective, even though former H-1B visa holders represent less than 1% of the U.S. population, they were four times more likely to have a child as a finalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search than were parents who were both born in the United States.
Turns out getting rid of those furriners is actually a lousy way to “put America first.”
“The left is attempting to breathe life into the slave-owning and segregationist groups’ interposition doctrine”
And in the category of Completely Unhinged, I bring you The Weekly Standard’s Irwin Stelzer:
Who would have imagined that it would come to this? Leftish activists are campaigning to have the Confederate flag removed from statehouses, statutes of southern statesmen removed from campuses and public spaces, and the names of campus buildings changed to remove any they deem racist. These very same campaigners, or at least their leaders, are finding time to demand that their cities and states interpose their authority between the federal government and the people of their city or state.
The left is attempting to breathe life into the slave-owning and segregationist groups’ interposition doctrine.
Our liberal governors and mayors are in the tradition of their Democratic predecessors in Arkansas and Alabama. They have interposed themselves between the federal government and their sanctuary states and cities, ordering their police to refuse to allow federal agents to fulfill a federal mandate to remove illegal aliens, especially felons, from the country.
What a bunch of hooey. This is about whether cities and counties comply with federal requests to hold people in jail for alleged immigration violations, and courts have repeatedly held that those requests are not mandatory. If ICE wants a suspected immigrant held – without local cooperation – they must provide probable cause and get a federal judge to issue an arrest warrant.
So this isn’t about “ordering their police to refuse to allow federal agents to fulfill a federal mandate.” It’s about refusing to hold someone in jail on the mere say-so of some ICE agent … who either can’t establish probable cause for a federal arrest, or doesn’t want to bother with trivial details of the U.S. Constitution.
And that, Stelzer claims, is tantamount to reviving slavery. Whatever he’s smoking, he should pass it around.
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