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Wed May 24, 2017, 03:00 PM

CNN Opinion - Bernie Sanders: Trump's budget is immoral

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Bernie Sanders: Trump's budget exposes his promises as cheap campaign rhetoric
Trump's assurances on Social Security and Medicaid were merely meant to get votes

By Bernie Sanders
Updated 2:38 PM ET, Wed May 24, 2017


This is a budget that says that if you are the richest family in America, you will get a multi-billion-dollar tax break through the repeal of the estate tax. But, at the same time, if you are a lower income senior citizen you will not be able to get the one nutritious meal a day you now receive through the Meals on Wheels program or the help you desperately need if you have a disability and are trying to survive on a $1,200 a month Social Security check.

This is a budget that says that if you are the second-wealthiest family in America -- a family that has contributed many hundreds of millions to the Republican Party -- billions are also coming your way. But if you are a working-class student trying to figure out how you could possibly afford college, your dream of a college education could evaporate because of more than $143 billion in cuts to student financial assistance programs.

This is a budget which offers you tax breaks if you are a member of the Trump family, but if you are a child of a working class family you could well lose the health insurance you currently have through the Children's Health Insurance program and massive cuts to Medicaid. At a time when we remain one of the only major countries on earth not to guarantee health care to all, this budget makes a bad situation worse in terms of health care.


Let's be clear about something else: the economic theory President Trump has embraced with this budget, trickle-down economics, is an abysmal failure and a fraud.


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