The president's proposed budget - which would slash the social safety net for seniors, veterans, working families, children and people with disabilities and shift those costs to cash-strapped states - makes it clear he values the super-rich above all others.
He has promised to enact the biggest tax cut in history, implying that it will help the struggling middle class and insisting it will not reduce revenue. This is trickle-down theory, where tax cuts on capital and wealth pay for themselves by sparking growth. It didn't work under President Ronald Reagan, who tripled the national debt. It didn't work under President George W. Bush, who doubled the debt yet again and crashed the economy. And it's not working in conservative states such as Kansas, where some public schools have been forced to cut down to four days a week. The president is sure if we try trickle-down one more time, it will surely work. His budget relies on failed policies, a $2 trillion math error and an unachievable growth rate.
The congressmen who represent Berks County must say no to this budget, no to cutting care for the elderly and disabled, no to stealing from our safety net to give to the rich. Most of us will need that safety net sooner or later. And all of us need representatives who will stand up for all their constituents, including the most vulnerable.
President's budget puts the rich first