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Thread: Trump's Proposed Budget Slashes Rural Infrastructure & Development Funding

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.6b059e9b9257

    Well, this is a huge betrayal of Trump's promises to the people of Appalachia, at the very least. Obviously he is proposing to rape the rural poor because, as everyone else who has ever fucked them over knows, they have too few voters and no other power base at all with which to complain effectively about it.

    It's diabolical. There is widespread malnutrition already in the swathes of rural poverty in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Western rural areas of the US. This budget would raise the spectre of actual starvation deaths -- of Americans, including children -- in those regions, if it passed. The impact of these cuts alongside the cuts Trump wants as to food stamps, etc. for all Americans would literally be life-threatening for some of our fellow citizens.

    That Sissy Spacek movie "Coal Miner's Daughter" about the lives of Kentucky coal miners and their families (and the stunningly fabulous Loretta Lynn) was a DISNEY version of the poverty that exists in the worst parts of these areas. It's a centuries-old national disgrace.



    And not for nothing, but this proposed budget sounds more and more like an austerity budget. One might even call it a subsistence proposed budget. WHY is Trump proposing such drastic cuts not just in this area, but in entitlements and elsewhere -- and yet, at the very same time, massively increasing military spending?

    Trump's proposed budget is nothing more than an evil conservative's wet dream.

    Does he just flat-out HATE Americans?

    Your thoughts?
    He loves money and power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    When has it been different? The poorest areas in the US have been voting for the GOP for several decades now. This isn't new.
    They have...generations of Republicans. They vote on identity politics just like the left...but different ones. The Dems focus on socials issues, like abortion, LBGT, minorities, control, etc. The GOP voters are against abortion, gun control, LBGT, etc. Neither focuses on what puts steaks on the table and maintaining a robust middle class. The Dems focus only on the poor and the GOP focuses mainly on the wealthy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Trump is, essentially, a placeholder. Nothing much will actually happen, although the ideas will be atrocious and thus, his term in office will be noisy.

    (Caveat: as long as he keeps his mitts of the US military, that is.)

    To my eye, Hillary was and is the Great Satan. Trump was a nuisance by comparison, and I still feel that way.
    A nuisance as a real estate developer, and reality TV personality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    US Labor's Anthem:

    When they taught me CPR, they used the Queen song "Another One Bites the Dust" to establish the rhythm.

    Seemed like a very inappropriate song for a CPR training session, if you ask me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    Trump: Fuck those working class dumbfucks in rural American that voted for me.
    Donald Trump: "How STUPID are the voters of Iowa?!?"

    Voters of Iowa: "We'll vote for you, Mr. Trump! We LOVE you!!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Do you know anything about the REA co-ops, now called EMC's? Those subsidies were because the electric companies wouldn't go to the rural areas. It wasn't worth it to them. Roosevelt allowed them to form co-ops that provided electricity to people and the electric companies had to sell the co-op the power at a rate. Time have changed since then. The electric companies found that the growth in the cities would eventually end while those rural areas that they were not interested in continued to grow. Truthfully, there isn't a real reason to keep subsidizing the EMC's. These are power companies that operate to not make a profit but get government funding. Why not let them raise the kw prices in line with the power companies? If they don't want to do it they can always allow one of the power companies to buy them out.
    This may be a worthy program to look to cut back on...but the problem with Director Mulvaney's proposal is that he goes wild yielding a hatchet attack on programs ...just hacking away.

    Then he doesn't even stay close to OMB numbers and goes off into Rose-colored glasses world.

    Trump said he was a negotiator...you can't negotiate when the other parties don't take your efforts seriously.

    Trump needs to get back and get a handle on this budget proposal. Pope Francis doesn't need a new buddy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    I have it on the best authority that feeding children doesn't help them do better in school.
    Not even ketchup packets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    This may be a worthy program to look to cut back on...but the problem with Director Mulvaney's proposal is that he goes wild yielding a hatchet attack on programs ...just hacking away.

    Then he doesn't even stay close to OMB numbers and goes off into Rose-colored glasses world.

    Trump said he was a negotiator...you can't negotiate when the other parties don't take your efforts seriously.

    Trump needs to get back and get a handle on this budget proposal. Pope Francis doesn't need a new buddy.
    Pope Francis famously called voting for Trump a sin, back in last summer. I wonder if Trump realizes that, or understands what it meant?

    I bet US Catholics ignored it altogether, and they are not supposed to, not if the Pope is deliberate in his speech. One tenet of the Catholic dogma is that the Pope is infallible on matters of faith.
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    Good, cutting rural spending for once. Those elitists had it coming. They are always sucking at the gov't teat. Make America Great Again, thanks Trump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Do they? I didn't even know they voted at all. Is this also true up in the Northeast?
    Sure look at the map. This particular one shows where in the country is turning redder and which are trending bluer. As Nate Silver has reported, its expected the Northeast and Midwest will become redder as they age while the west and southwest will turn bluer.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=cong...=1495645554709
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