Opinion: Trump budget an exercise in stupidity

(AP)

We spend more on our military than the next eight countries combined, even though five of those next seven countries are strong U.S. allies such as Britain and France. We spend three times as much as China and nine times as much as Russia. In fact, just the increases in military spending requested by the Trump administration — $30 billion for the current fiscal year, and $54 billion next year — swamp Russia’s total annual military budget of $66 billion.

In his budget released this week, President Trump proposes to pay for all that by gutting scientific research, medical research, foreign aid, the State Department, community block grants that support Meals on Wheels and similar programs. The EPA, which today operates on the same budget it had 15 years ago, and with 2,000 fewer employees, is targeted for 31 percent budget cut.

“There’s no question this is a hard-power budget,” brags Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. “It is not a soft-power budget.  This is a hard-power budget.  And that was done intentionally.  The president very clearly wants to send a message to our allies and our potential adversaries that this is a strong-power administration.  So you have seen money move from soft-power programs, such as foreign aid, into more hard-power programs.  That’s what our allies can expect, that’s what our adversaries can expect, that’s what the president wanted us to relay.”

It is hard to fully express the stupidity of that kind of talk, or how badly it will come across to the rest of the world. The helping hand that the United States once extended to the rest of the world is being turned into an angry fist waved in the air by an idiot. Efforts to lead by example, to build cooperation and friendship, to persuade and negotiate, are being abandoned in exchange for crude threats and bluster.

As Defense Secretary James Mattis warned back when he still wore a general’s uniform, “If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.”

At a press briefing Thursday, a reporter reminded Mulvaney that the world faces its largest humanitarian crisis since World War II, with 20 million people in just four countries facing starvation or famine. With the United States, the richest nation in the world, slashing its foreign aid budget, the reporter asked, “Are you worried that some of the most vulnerable people on Earth will suffer as a result?”

Not one little bit.

“We’re absolutely reducing funding to the U.N. and to the various foreign aid programs, including those run by the U.N. and other agencies,” Mulvaney replied coldly. “That should come as a surprise to no one who watched the campaign.  The president said specifically hundreds of time — you covered him — I’m going to spend less money on people overseas and more money on people back home.  And that’s exactly what we’re doing with this budget.”

Except of course that’s not what they’re doing. They’re decidedly NOT spending the money on people here back home, they’re spending it to help make the psychologically frail man in the White House feel more manly about himself.

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828 comments
Corey
Corey

Stupid people do stupid things, Jay. 

Corey
Corey

...make the psychologically frail man in the White House feel more manly about himself

That should repeal and replace "Make America Great Again" come 2020. 

Patti Bennett
Patti Bennett

If you don't know how to make a billion dollars and raise a decent family as well shut your mouth please

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qjs19111


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Kim Jape
Kim Jape

Amen. Disgusted by this sick man.

Shelia Clark
Shelia Clark

I thought AJC Would be better than this. We as a nation are actually living on borrowed money. It hurts, but budget cuts have to be made and should have happened before President Trump took office. We seem to forget simple financial rules. One is you can't borrow yourself out of debt. Come on AJC get someone who can add and subtract before hiring them as reporters. You look foolish posting stuff like this. lol

Harriet Bagwell Gilleland
Harriet Bagwell Gilleland

The only advantage I can see to this type of harsh budget changes would be to let the greatest enemies we have today realize we intend to strenghten our military to fight ISIS or any other group that continues to threaten our freedoms and safety. We have become weak in the eyes of most of the rest of the world and this status will not and cannot continue if we are to stay safe at home.

Wayne Wells
Wayne Wells

For stupid liberals, it is a terrible budget!

someonesdad
someonesdad

If you believe Bookman, but claim to be educated, you're a hypocrite.  The hungry will be fed by Republicans and private charities, as usual.  Libs will  continue to give $1 to beggars on the streets, and pretend they're not making the problem worse.

Chris Policronis
Chris Policronis

Apparently Jay Bookman was looking in a mirror when he he referenced "an idiot". We should get out of the UN and have the UN move out of the US. We should be helping people in our own country before sending money abroad.

Caroline Christian
Caroline Christian

I agree we should be helping people in our country. The proposed budget, however, does the opposite.

Roland Augborn
Roland Augborn

Like really the war machine corporations is where the cabinets can obtain the most profitable business kickbacks.

Rick Thomas
Rick Thomas

Worse than 20 trillion in debt via Obama? Ah Hahahaha

James Williams
James Williams

Meanwhile his wife is is costing us 1 million a day to stay in NY. Explain that since you can justify everything else this crazy man does.

Jonathan Kyle
Jonathan Kyle

In Australian accent* Ahhh here we see the endangered newspaper company trying to be relevant among the more primal Internet beings.

David R. Thead
David R. Thead

This is why the AJC is ONLY good for cleaning glass around the house and automobile glass.

Roy Chandler
Roy Chandler

AJC is so anti- Conservative on ALL issues. Part of the bias news & fake news

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Just announced, Trump has cut funding for shrimp treadmills, what in the world will these poor critters do to keep all those legs in shape? 

Summer Smith
Summer Smith

The only exercise of stupidity belongs to Bookman and the AJC. This organization provides nothing of value to society.

David Sams
David Sams

Sit down shut up Obama not the president anymore thank you God

David Sams
David Sams

Really liberal do it all the time

Caroline Christian
Caroline Christian

He's entitled to his opinion just like you are. To tell anyone to shut up is immature and unAmerican.

Debra Fish
Debra Fish

Opinion: This author is a useful idiot.

Jeff Flynt
Jeff Flynt

done with you AJC this proves your disdain for Trump over facts and this guy is FOS!

Caryn Stofko
Caryn Stofko

45's new slogan, "Just say nope to hope!"

Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson

I agree, one has have an agenda not to realize these cuts are not in the best interest of our country. The disturbing part is they can not explain why the cuts are good for the country. There explaination is Obama!!. I would truly like to swayed to their side with a clear explanation. Are there one forthcoming any time soon? Waiting!!!

Howard Wajchman
Howard Wajchman

Great budget!!! Obama spent us into oblivion and it's time to shrink the KGB like govt he left us!!

Starlan Hoke
Starlan Hoke

I BET HE WON'T MENTIONED ATLANTIC CITY CON ARTIST

Leatha Gross
Leatha Gross

Since Obamanation tore our military apart. It's goung to take money to rebuild it. His cutting out big government bs will help tremendously. Let the snow flakes keep crying a river...

Jennifer Gibbs
Jennifer Gibbs

So many illiterate people have such spectacular internet access. It's pretty incredible.

someonesdad
someonesdad

Yeah, we should keep computers away from those liberals.

Lynn Dreisch
Lynn Dreisch

F. Off pig your the stupid fake news liars

Mike Dills
Mike Dills

an audit of the pentagon should be top priority . they should show where and why every penny was spent . 600 billion dollars a year spent and yet the military says their equipment is worn out and soldiers do without proper gear and food ?

Regina Nowak
Regina Nowak

Bookman is a President Trump hater and has been since he ran for office. Your blog are pure garbage and consistently biased. A writer you are not.....find another job

Colby Mote
Colby Mote

Triggered much? Sounds pretty snowflakey to me.

Caroline Christian
Caroline Christian

He wrote an opinion piece. If you believe you have the right to voice your opinion, you must believe he has the right to voice his. That's the American way, honey.

RufusATL
RufusATL

And an educated reader, you are not......find a school, Norwak.


Caroline Christian
Caroline Christian

All of y'all who support this budget but claim to be Christian are hypocrites. Jesus fed the hungry. Y'all need to check yourselves.

someonesdad
someonesdad

If you believe Bookman, but claim to be educated, you're the hypocrite.  The hungry will be fed by Republicans and private charities, as usual.  Libs will  continue to give $1 to beggars on the streets, and pretend they're not making the problem worse.