where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” so goes
the bible verse from Matthew Chapter 6, verse 21.
President Trump's 2020 budget finally revealed this week, the world
can see where the heart of the U.S. is: In wars of choice, bombing,
occupying other countries, drone warfare, nuclear weaponry
development, sanctions against other nations backed up by force of
arms, bullying of most of the globe. And, all of this can be
threatened because of the power of the American armed forces, the
most powerful the world has ever seen.
57 percent of the federal budget of $1.3 trillion, $718 billion has
been earmarked by Trump for the military and defense purposes. All
of the rest of government will run on the leftovers from the
military-industrial complex and its enablers in industries in various
states and, let us not forget, all of the members of Congress who bow
before the god of earthly might and the campaign money that comes to
them from those destructive sources. The rest of government will
have to make do with $543 billion, down from $597 billion budgeted in
2019, a nine percent decrease, according to the National Priorities
Project (NPP). At this time, the Republicans in Congress are in a
period of time in which debt and deficits don't mean anything. They
save that for when Democrats are in power.
are deficits in Trump's budget, to be sure, as usual, but to ease off
a little on deficits, he has decided that there are certain people
who can be sacrificed further and their programs will be cut to make
up for the shortfall. That would include education, housing and
urban development, and agriculture, to name a few. And, what's more
important than nutritious food?
face it. The country is being ravaged, at least in cutting of social
programs that Republicans like to describe as “entitlements,”
such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps. The
welfare of the American people, as described in the U.S.
Constitution, has been thrown into the bed of the pickup truck by
Trump and his destructive administration, and they've left the
NPP report on the Trump budget had this to say: “An additional
$9 billion in the military budget is listed under “emergency
requirements,” which may provide funds to build the border wall
that President Trump is showing no signs of dropping as a political
football. Reports from administration sources indicate that the
president’s budget includes $8.6 billion to fund construction
of a border wall, in addition to $3.6 billion to repay military
construction funds he has attempted to seize to construct a wall.”
has been clear, even back when he first proposed it, that few want
such an idiotic and environmentally, socially, and economically
destructive wall that will not work and for which there is no reason
to build, since immigration from the south peaked about 10 years ago.
There may be an increase now in the number of those seeking asylum,
but it is largely because of the U.S. disruption of the countries in
Central and South America, by overturning democratically elected
leaders and installing right-wing strong men or dictators who will do
the bidding of U.S. corporations. This is what is happening in
Venezuela at this moment.
always, the question remains: What good is it for the American
people if the U.S. achieves its goal of ruling the world if they are
bereft of the means to live a decent life?
have seen that happen in other countries, other empires, when
conquering the world as a goal was the aim of the rich and powerful
and it does not usually end well. The remnants of those empires
exist today, but they no longer have even a hint of their previous
U.S. is headed down that path now, with the rich and powerful and the
corporations extracting more and more of the nation's and the
society's substance to make more war and continue to prepare for war,
even if the result of those wars would be devastating to the U.S. and
the rest of the world.
Trump presented himself to working class and middle class voters as
someone who would champion their health and welfare. They fell for
it and voted for him in sufficient numbers that he won the White
House, despite his low character and fragile personality. They fell
for it, even though, if any people around them acted as the
narcissistic braggart he was known to be, acted as he has all his
life, they would flee their presence. The American electorate can be
fooled, just as anyone can be fooled and they believed the most
accomplished carnival barker and con-man that the country has seen
since P.T. Barnum.
has played to his base in most things that he has done and he depends
on the so-called Fox News for advice on what he should do next and
how he should do it. That news program has been given a pass for its
nonsense, with few exceptions, because it is viewed as entertainment,
rather than news. He has praised Fox as the real news, while calling
the legitimate free press “fake news.” What can you
expect from someone who hugs the flag in a very public place and
smiles his smirky smile, thus displaying his patriotism. There isn't
a shred of patriotism in Trump, or he would not be punishing the most
vulnerable in his cruel 2020 budget.
is no accounting for the support that he gets from a sizable portion
of the electorate, since there are few families that will not be
hurt, if not crushed, by his slashing of money for Medicare,
Medicaid, food stamps, and Social Security, to name a few programs
that he has targeted. If allowed, he would eliminate social programs
that benefit 325 million people, in favor of increasing a defense and
military budget that already is bloated beyond imagination and only
provides benefits and riches for the 1 percent. It's what will spell
the further rapid decline of the U.S. So forget a credible housing
program, forget maintaining roads and bridges, forget a decent
education for all, and forget reining in the powerful monopolies that
make up Corporate America.
country has been headed in this direction for generations, but Trump,
a malignant narcissist and pathological liar, has taken the decline
to warp speed. As we have said here in the past, Trump is not the
cause of the deadly problems facing the American people, he is a
symptom. That is to say that every step should be taken to remove
his power to do more irreparable damage to the people and their
environment. Both major parties are responsible for the nation's
condition, but Democrats have to move immediately, in conjunction
with Republicans who have some integrity and good character, if any
can be found.
treasure of America is, indeed, where its heart is: In the making of
endless war. The time for the people to act is now.