Morally Bankrupt Budget: After $1.5 Trillion Gift to Rich, Trump Demands $1.7 Trillion in Safety Net Cuts

A Congressional staff member delivers copies of President Donald Trump's Fiscal Year 2019 Government Budget at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 12, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images)

A congressional staff member delivers copies of President Donald Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 government budget at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 12, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images)

Those wondering how President Donald Trump plans to pay for the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich he signed into law last year got their answer on Monday, when the White House unveiled its 2019 budget (pdf) blueprint that calls for $1.7 trillion in cuts to crucial safety net programs over the next decade — including $237 billion in cuts to Medicare alone.

While imposing “severe austerity” on domestic programs that primarily benefit poor and middle class Americans, Trump’s proposal also aims to hike the Pentagon’s budget to $716 billion — a seven percent increase from his 2018 request — and provide $18 billion for “the wall.”

“The Trump budget is morally bankrupt and bad economic policy,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote on Twitter Monday shortly after the White House proposal was made public.

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