Trump’s Budget Littered with Broken Promises
May 23, 2017
Trump ran for the presidency on the promise to make this country a better place to live for middle and working-class Americans. Contrary to his work portraying himself as a man of the people, Trump’s budget makes life easier for millionaires and billionaires on the backs of vulnerable Americans:
PROMISE: Trump promised not to cut Medicaid or Social Security.
Daily Signal: “I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid. Every other Republican is going to cut, and even if they wouldn’t, they don’t know what to do because they don’t know where the money is. I do.’”
REALITY: Trump’s budget includes deep cuts to Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income.
Vox: “All $880 billion in Medicaid cuts included in the Republican health plan that has passed the House, plus $610 billion in additional cuts due to adopting an even stingier formula for increasing Medicaid funding year over year. This amounts to a total cut to Medicaid of over 47 percent.”
Vox: “The budget would also cut $72.5 billion over 10 years to programs for disabled people, including Social Security Disability Insurance (violating Trump’s promise to not cut Social Security benefits) and Supplemental Security Income, which provides support for desperately poor disabled and elderly people without enough earnings to qualify for poverty-level Social Security benefits.”
PROMISE: Trump promised he would help students and bring down the cost of higher-education.
TRUMP: “So the colleges are costing so much money. We are going to help the students. Maybe that doesn't fit beautifully within the Republican framework. But I told this during various times to lots of different people and nobody has a problem with it. We have to help our students. Our students are under tremendous pressure to a point where it's making them sick. Our students are under tremendous pressure; we have to help our students.” (Trump News Conference, Miami FL, 7/27/16)
REALITY: Trump’s budget cuts nearly more than $9 billion from education funding and takes direct aim at programs like college work-study and public service student loan forgiveness.
Washington Post: “The cuts would come from eliminating at least 22 programs, some of which Trump outlined in March. Gone, for example, would be $1.2 billion for after-school programs that serve 1.6 million children, most of whom are poor, and $2.1 billion for teacher training and class-size reduction.”
NPR: “President Trump's full budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, to be released Tuesday, calls for a $9.2 billion, or 13.5 percent, spending cut to education. The cuts would be spread across K-12 and aid to higher education, according to documents released by the White House.”
Washington Post: “The administration is also seeking to overhaul key elements of federal financial aid. The spending proposal would maintain funding for Pell Grants for students in financial need, but it would eliminate more than $700 million in Perkins loans for disadvantaged students; nearly halve the work-study program that helps students work their way through school, cutting $490 million; take a first step toward ending subsidized loans, for which the government pays interest while the borrower is in school; and end loan forgiveness for public servants.”
PROMISE: Trump promised to bring down drug prices.
TIME: “‘I’m going to bring down drug prices,’ he says. ‘I don’t like what has happened with drug prices.’”
REALITY: Trump’s budget contains “almost no major proposals that would impact the [drug] industry’s pricing practices.”
Bloomberg: “President Donald Trump has repeatedly excoriated pharmaceutical companies for high drug costs, but the policy and spending plans in his administration’s 2018 health budget contain almost no major proposals that would impact the industry’s pricing practices.”