Trump’s scorched-earth budget: $1.7 trillion in cuts to vital social programs
24 May 2017
• National Heart, Lung and Blood Institution: $575 million cut
• National Institute of Allergy and infectious Diseases: $838 million cut
• National Institutes of Health: budget cut from $31.8 billion to $26 billion
• National Science Foundation: $776 million cut.
• The Institute of Museum and Library Services
• National Endowment for the Arts (begin shutting down in 2018)
• National Endowment for the Humanities (begin shutting down in 2018).
character of the Democrats’ response to a gangster
government headed by a fascistic-minded billionaire and
composed of Wall Street bankers, far-right ideologues and
generals. The Democratic Party has chosen to base its opposition to Trump not on his assault on working and poor people, his attacks on democratic rights, or his reckless militarism, but on his supposed “softness” toward Russia.
Americans—were living in poverty in 2015. Of
these, 19.4 million were living in extreme
poverty, which means their family’s cash
income was less than half of the poverty line,
or about $10,000 a year for a family of four.
The poverty rate for children under 18 was
Under the Obama administration, more Americans have found themselves consigned to economic ghettos, living in neighborhoods where more than 40 percent subsist below the poverty level.