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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Trump's bait and switch on budget, infrastructure

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 7:33 AM

click to enlarge RIIIIIIIGHT Trump is going to rebuild infrastructure.
  • RIIIIIIIGHT Trump is going to rebuild infrastructure.

The fast and furious news from Washington allows important details to be buried. Let's get to some of them:

* TRUMP'S BUDGET: He likes to emphasize the military spending. It swells the deficit, even though it slashes billions from domestic programs, including Medicare and Medicaid (which candidate Trump PROMISED not to cut) and food stamps. This is on top of his deficit-swelling income tax cut, which gives its biggest benefits to the ultra-wealthy.

* TRUMP'S INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN. It's a sham. He calls it a $1.5 trillion investment. He's talking about only $200 billion in federal spending (he doesn't say where he'll get the money) and depending on 80 percent matches from local governments.

Right. Consider Arkansas. It has embarked on an orgy of tax cutting and slices in government services (60,000 cut from medical assistance for starters). It has no money for highway construction. It's going to come up with an 80 percent match for infrastructure projects? Hell, we can't buy soap or turn on the heat for kids held in squalid youth lockups.

Call it poetic justice. Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to cut basic services, particularly for the poor, while pouring money on the rich. He'll find it hard to do with the stuff rolling downhill from D.C.

But, hey. 65 percent of Arkansans can't be wrong.

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