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    Trump's Proposed Budget Slashes Rural Infrastructure & Development Funding

    Rural Americans stand to lose billions of dollars in federal assistance to support infrastructure and economic development in their communities, according to an analysis of the Trump administration’s 2018 federal budget. Many of the programs for elimination provide direct services to rural areas where Trump is most popular.

    The White House would slash rural housing subsidies, mortgage loan guarantees, programs that maintain clean water and other utilities and independent agencies that support job training programs. In many cases, states would be expected to offset spending cuts to critical infrastructure, like sewer repairs; but in other cases, including development grants that revitalize neighborhoods or seed new local businesses, communities would likely have to turn to private organizations for funding or assistance.

    Members of Congress likely will fight against many of the proposed cuts that benefit their constituents directly.

    The Rural Utilities Service would lose billions of dollars under the proposed budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including more than $2 billion used to keep power lines, phones and internet connectivity working in rural areas. Funding for rural business owners also would be slashed, from nearly $130 million in 2017 to $31 million.

    “The 2018 budget eliminates this program because it has not been able to show evidence of improved outcomes; such as economic growth and decreasing out-migration,” the proposal says.

    USDA’s Rural Housing Service would also see billions in cuts that virtually eliminate direct loans and mortgage guarantees for rural households, potentially making homeownership and revitalization more difficult. Under the administration’s proposals, there is no funding for new housing grants for rural families or farm laborers in the budget, nor for direct loan subsidies.

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    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?
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    No, he doesn't flat out HATE Americans!

    Yes, he hates poor Americans, and working class Americans, and middle class Americans, and upper middle class Americans.

    But, hey, he LOVES the uber-rich!!

    They are God's chosen people!

    I bet Donald even thinks the Pope told him that yesterday!

    Mr. Trump on the Pope: "He is something."

    Yes. Pope Francis is a Holy Man. And you, Donald Trump, are an Unholy Man.
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    I have to think he is taking a page from the old Reagan playbook. He is counting on the fact that even if he cuts all these aids, they will still vote for him based on social issues like guns. It worked for Reagan in 1984 as he was able to portray dems (Mondale) as weak, indecisive and coming for their guns. The NRA does a bang up job in these areas where their membership is very high. The real question will be twofold, can dems put up an "common" candidate that can appeal to these voters and also is 2020 going to be like 1984 or are the voters wiser nowadays?
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    Trump has no core values of his own and so all his policies are actually devised by his advisors, and his advisors are from the far fringe right of the Republican Party, men like Bannon, Mulveney and Miller. Trump probably did not even read this budget proposal
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    No, he doesn't flat out HATE Americans!

    Yes, he hates poor Americans, and working class Americans, and middle class Americans, and upper middle class Americans.

    But, hey, he LOVES the uber-rich!!

    They are God's chosen people!

    I bet Donald even thinks the Pope told him that yesterday!

    Mr. Trump on the Pope: "He is something."

    Yes. Pope Francis is a Holy Man. And you, Donald Trump, are an Unholy Man.
    Is Trump an actual homo sapiens?



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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Trump has no core values of his own and so all his policies are actually devised by his advisors, and his advisors are from the far fringe right of the Republican Party, men like Bannon, Mulveney and Miller. Trump probably did not even read this budget proposal
    Well, who could have expected math to be so hard?

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    CBO score expected today on the latest Trumpcare Bill. Costs more, insures less and tax cuts for billionaires....what could go wrong?
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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?
    Trump seems to think everyone should have been born with a silver spoon in their mouth like him and "work", "as hard" as he does....http://www.reuters.com/article/us-us.......jetsetting around, golfing and living in a gold gilded tower from businesses started with a "small" million dollar loan from their daddy.

    How his supporters expected something else, perhaps speaks to the level of intelligence across this nation and ironically in places that supported Trump who would feel the worst effects of his policies over time, if a neo republican Congress approves of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    CBO score expected today on the latest Trumpcare Bill. Costs more, insures less and tax cuts for billionaires....what could go wrong?
    Costs more but insures less?

    Dafuq? Is there going to be a new Trump Health Insurance Company formerly known as Aetna?

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