Heartless hatchet job

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President Donald Trump’s Draconian budget proposal jolted Queens lawmakers, who were braced for steep cutbacks but not the evisceration of programs for children, the elderly, the hungry and students struggling with loans.

Besides the very rich, few were spared the ax in his $4.1 trillion blueprint for 2018, which raised military spending by 10 percent and set aside $1.6 billion for the early construction of the border wall with Mexico.

The conservati­ves’ favorite targets were on the line: Medicaid, food stamps, heating bill assistance for seniors, disability programs, public housing and Meals on Wheels.

In Trump’s world, it’s apparently a crime to be poor even if you’re too young to pay your dues or too old to keep plugging away at a minimum wage job.

If Trump is keeping count, as we know he is, Queens and the rest of the city — except for Staten Island — overwhelmingly rejected his bid for the White House. His budget is an affront to his hometown and a repudiation of New York City values.

In Queens, where Trump grew up, 343,834 people were living below the poverty level — or 15.1 percent of the population — in February, according to the New York State Community Action Association. Queens ranked third in poverty in the entire state behind only Brooklyn and the Bronx.

New York City is home to more than 1 million impoverished people, a staggering number that includes legions of the working poor.

Hunger Free America’s 2016 annual survey found 11 percent of Queens residents were hungry from 2013-2015, while 16 percent of children did not have enough food and 10 percent of seniors were inadequately fed.

Trump appears untroubled turning his back on his fellow New Yorkers, many of whom have taken to the streets to challenge his presidency. But what about his core supporters in other parts of the nation who propelled him into the White House on promises that he has now broken?

His mission is to lacerate spending so that he can cut taxes for the richest Americans and spur what many economists believe is an unrealistic 3 percent economic growth rate.

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley called Trump’s plan “a slash and burn budget,” while Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney warned “it would set our country back decades.” And Mayor Bill de Blasio minced no words when he said “children will die.”

We hope Congress will dismiss the extremes in his budget, including the severe blows to scientific and medical research. This could always be Trump’s opening negotiating salvo in the latest chapter of “The Art of the Deal,” but it is certainly not the way to make “America Great Again.”

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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donnie from Queens says:
The problem with these yodelers is that now we have a non-career politician potus who is making sure that the predators in government no longer have their dirty little hands in the money well. For far too long they have been rayping and stealing from the people blind, with no tethering or reining in. May I take the liberty to point out that the article-writer is much too cowardly and shame-faced to add his or her name to this stupidity. Pity to you, diaper pin-wearer.
May 27, 2017, 3:28 am
in sufficient says:
New York has the highest taxes in the country, collecting hundreds of billions of dollars, but it's never enough for far left Democrats who want to set up programs to help the poor.

They've done a great job. There are over 10,000 different governments set up in New York State, with Mayors, Commissioners, armies of 'assistants', all paid for with our tax dollars. Money for the poor, not so much.

It'd be far better for the poor person to just get a check for $25k than have the state spend $100,000 in aid money on administration, leaving precious little for the actual poor. This is why private charities provide so much more.

President Trump is reducing the projected growth of the budget. Spending was planned to increase by 50%, now it'll increase by 30%--- only in Washington (and in shrieking fake news purveryors) is this a cut.

Go and read the budget, see where our children will pay less taxes so they will have their own money to spend on their desires, this is not a cut.
May 28, 2017, 10:04 am
Sweaty Mike from West of Bayside says:
Donnie, your POTUS is not a politician but nevertheless this low brow excuse of a man is as corrupt as any politician who has ever lived, bar none. Even his supposed charity was and is a fraud benefiting him and no one else and yet his Trumpettes, his supporters, are willing to overlook this. This dimwitted, simplistic ignorant slob a/k/a Donnie has not drained the swamp but raised its level by putting in power the very types of people he criticized Hillary for associating with. I've loathed and despised Donnie for more than 35 years after seeing him interviewed on FNN and realizing what an ignorant he was and continues to be. Donny is lucky he was born to the right family with millions at his disposal or else he'd be selling used cars or 'vacation' land in the swamps of Florida. I pray for this country not that anyone above really cares and hope that this country outlives his disjointed and twitter filled rule.
May 29, 2017, 4:50 pm

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