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Trump's budget - Stealing from the poor to give to the rich

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By Tony Magliano
3/14/2018 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Robin Hood, the legendary hero of English folklore who took from the rich to give to the poor - whose very name conjures up thoughts of fairness, justice and love for the oppressed - stands in stark contrast to President Trump who wants to take from poor and give to the rich.

What is being proposed here is Robin Hood in reverse.

What is being proposed here is Robin Hood in reverse.

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By Tony Magliano
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
3/14/2018 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Donald Trump, Budget, United States


The recent congressional Republican-sponsored tax legislation signed into law by Trump gives huge tax cuts to wealthy individuals and profit-rich corporations. And as a result, the federal deficit will astronomically increase. 

So in order to help pay down the deficit, in his 2019 fiscal year budget proposal Trump is urging Congress to drastically cut funding to numerous domestic and international anti-poverty programs that are literally saving lives and helping millions of impoverished fellow human beings experience basic humane living standards.  

 What is being proposed here is Robin Hood in reverse.  

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, if adopted by Congress, the Trump budget would seriously reduce funding for Medicaid - which provides medical coverage for millions of low-income citizens of all ages including poor seniors, people with disabilities, children and pregnant women. The result would provide less coverage for fewer needy people - and probably be a significant contributing factor leading to more abortions.

Additionally, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which helps unemployed, elderly and low-income working families and individuals purchase food, would suffer significant funding cuts.

According to international poverty-focused advocacy and aid organizations like Catholic Relief Services and Bread for the World, the Trump proposals to completely eliminate Title II/Food for Peace programming and to severely slash the Emergency Food Security Program means that approximately 20 million people in crises would likely lose access to lifesaving food assistance.

It's important to note that even without the proposed cuts the U.S. currently only gives 0.2 percent of its income to international development assistance; ranking it 22nd in comparison to other more economically developed nations. 

These proposed cuts are nothing short of heartless.

 St. Ambrose taught, "You are not making a gift of what is yours to the poor man, but you are giving him back what is his. ... The earth belongs to everyone, not to the rich." 

And our Lord Jesus warns each of us that "Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more." This warning not only applies to each one of us individually, but also to us collectively as a nation. 

Blessed Pope Paul VI, in his encyclical letter Populorum Progressio ("On the Development of Peoples") teaches, "The same duty of solidarity that rests on individuals exists also for nations: 'Advanced nations have a very heavy obligation to help the developing peoples' ". 

It's very important that you email and call your two U.S. senators and congressperson (Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121) urging them to totally reject President Trump's proposed cuts to anti-poverty programs, and instead urge them to robustly increase funding for both domestic and international poverty-focused programs. This can easily be done by significantly cutting the astronomical and dangerous military budget.

With over 40 million Americans living below the poverty level, and over 800 million desperately hungry people around the globe, the world needs a real American Robin Hood - not a Robin Hood in reverse.   

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[Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist. He is available to speak at diocesan or parish gatherings. Tony can be reached at tmag@zoominternet.net.]

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