The class war is on, and there will be no shortage of victims. The budget presented Monday by the Trump administration makes no secret of its goals: to take away from the poor and give to the rich. Yet, if in previous times this policy was at least somewhat covered up or disguised under the rhetoric of
“growth” or “merit,” now the coterie of billionaires who have the White House in their iron grip are making no secret of their goals, and nothing that can be pilfered is safe.
It all begins with the so-called “food stamps,” the government vouchers that allow 40 million Americans to put food on the table every day. According to the budget proposal, these would be cut by $200 billion over 10 years. As Marie Antoinette said, if the poor have no bread, let them eat cake.
But it is not enough, according to Trump’s minions, to send the unemployed, the large families and those who live in the ghettos to bed without dinner, as that does not lead to substantial enough savings. They have set their sights on two even juicier targets: for one, medical assistance for the poor (Medicaid), which they want to cut by $266 billion, essentially decreeing that most of its beneficiaries today will be left without any healthcare at all. And an even more appetizing target, which Republicans have been drooling over for more than seven years, is the program of private, government-subsidized medical care known as Obamacare. There’s a lot here to satisfy their appetite, as this is a program for the middle class which involves tens of millions of Americans, and eliminating it would leave an extra $700 billion in the federal coffers.