Thursday, March 16, 2017

Trump's FY 2018 Budget: A "Vast, Noxious Swamp" Of Conservative Governance

Our latest villain, OMB Director Mick "Dick" Mulvaney, should know about swamps. He just created one.

Nothing we could say would better summarize the dystopian cruelty of the Trump/ Mulvaney FY 2018 budget proposal than what Mr. Pierce said:
This proposed budget isn't extreme. Reagan's proposed budget in 1981 was extreme. This budget is short-sighted, cruel to the point of being sadistic, stupid to the point of pure philistinism, and shot through with the absolute and fundamentalist religious conviction that the only true functions of government are the ones that involve guns, and that the only true purpose of government is to serve the rich. [snip] 
This is it, right here, this budget. This is the beau ideal of movement conservative governance. This is the logical, dystopian end of Reaganism, and Gingrichism, and Tea Partyism, and all the other Isms that movement conservatism has inflicted upon the political commonwealth. This is the vast, noxious swamp into which all those tributaries of modern conservative thought have emptied themselves. People die in there, swallowed up in deep sinkholes of empowered bigotry and class anger. 
Meals on Wheels? 
Who in the hell zeroes out Meals on Wheels? Who decides that a program that spends $3 million to help volunteers feed the elderly and infirm in their communities is something that the country can no longer afford? Who are the men in the meetings who make this kind of call? What are their names? Trot them out so the country knows who they are. C'mon, David Brooks, find out who they are and explain why National Greatness Conservatism has a problem with starving elderly shut-ins.
It's the ne plus ultra budget of we've been calling the "afflict the afflicted and comfort the comfortable" doctrine of "modern" Republicanism. It's one of the great regrets of our lives that we have to breathe the same air and inhabit the same country as these vicious sociopaths.

There's a lot more at the link.  There's a summary of the budget here. We need to cool off again.

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