Thursday, June 1, 2017

Trump Budget Hurts Elderly and Poor, Jim Wallis

"We say that budgets are moral documents — and this new administration’s budget fails to pass the moral test of how it treats those in most need and jeopardy. Many of us in the faith community had deep moral concerns as we examined what the White House produced last week. If we listen to God’s word in Scripture, the measure of a budget is how it treats the ones Jesus calls the “least of these.”

The more that experts examine Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, the more destructive elements come to light. The latest analysis suggests that Trump’s budget would cut at least $193 billion from SNAP (formerly called food stamps) over the next decade, which would have a devastating impact on poor and hungry people. Medicaid would be cut by up to $1.3 trillion over the next 10 years, leaving children, the elderly, and our poorest families without access to medical care. Overall, 59 percent of total cuts from 2017-2026 are from programs that serve low and moderate income people..."

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