U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore
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Trump Budget will have Crushing Impact on All Americans

In response to the release of the Trump Administration’s full FY 2018 budget, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) released the following statement

By - May 23rd, 2017 01:33 pm

“I am utterly aghast by the flagrant contempt for the welfare of working- and middle class Americans exhibited in President Donald Trump’s full FY 2018 budget. The outrageous funding cuts outlined in the president’s budget walk the line between ignorance and indifference while disregarding the needs of seniors, families, and children with disabilities.

“While it is clear that our nation’s most vulnerable will bear the brunt of this vicious proposal, no one – regardless of ideology, socioeconomic background, or political affiliation – will be immune to its devastating impact. With this budget, the president has shifted his war against the poor to a war against the people, aiming his sights on a series of bipartisan initiatives designed to support all Americans and improve the health and economic well-being of our nation.

“Our shared fight against cancer and life-threatening diseases will suffer in the face of billion dollar cuts to the National Institutes of Health. Our collective efforts to support America’s rural and urban communities will be hindered as we gut infrastructure projects and eliminate Community Development and Service Block Grants. And our common goal of creating new career opportunities for those who do not have the means to retire will erode as President Trump dismantles critical skills training programs for today’s modern economy.

“As a former welfare recipient, I simply cannot support such a misguided and cruel budget that targets Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance, and those trying to escape the chains of poverty. But as Americans, we should all be alarmed by the scope of the damage that will undoubtedly result because of the president’s proposal. I urge both my Democratic colleagues and those across the aisle to forcefully oppose this budget and put the concerns of the people before those of their party.”

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2 thoughts on “Trump Budget will have Crushing Impact on All Americans”

  1. Jason says:

    Gwen, if you look at taxation from an income perspective we currently have the most progressive income tax in the world. The bottom 50 percent pays no income tax. It would benefit our country if more people chose to work. Worker participation rates are at about 62 percent. So, while six citizens work about four choose not too. The welfare state that you cherish cannot sustain these unemployment numbers. People must work but you continue to give them no incentive to work or find employment. Every day 10,000 baby boomers go on to the entitlements of Social Security and Medicare and you advocate that those who choose to work must carry those who do not. This is unsustainable.

  2. Bill Sell says:

    Jason, the normative measure of adequate job availability is the unemployed population, which measures all who are LOOKING FOR work. In the inner city it has recently been as high as 50%. LOOKING for word. —-

    Graduating the income tax has zero affect on the lives of the poor who have low earnings and zero income to tax. It’s a fine touch of snuff for someone who breathes the thin air of lofty thoughts. Stay on the ground. Stick to the facts. And find a way to get the unemployed to jobs that were ensconced in the burbs because they believed that’s where the labor pool was; surprise surprise it hasn’t worked out. If only someone had done the demographics and worked with facts. —-

    These companies are looking for work; and hundreds of inner city folks have responded with commutes as long as 90 minutes. (that’s 3 hours a day on a bus – definitely not a family supporting job or commute). —-

    Your slight to the working poor is deft wickedness – that they choose not to work.

    If only someone would do the demographics before spouting, sniffing or sneezing.

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