It looks like Republicans have either developed short-term memory loss syndrome or lost the sense of shame completely.
GOP constantly blamed Barack Obama for ballooning the size of the federal government and hobbling the economy. Although those spendings were absolutely necessary to save badly wounded economy which Barack Obama inherited from his predecessor – George W. Bush.
The $4.4 trillion budget Mr Trump released on Monday spends as much over 10 years as any budget offered by President Barack Obama.
The New York Times reports that Trump’s budget is projected to increase the deficits by $7 trillion over the next decade as the United States continues borrowing huge sums of money.
This number could double if the administration turns out to be overestimating economic growth and if the $3 trillion in spending cuts the White House has floated do not materialize in Congress.
The New York Times highlights that Trump’s 2019 budget, combined with the tax cuts Republicans passed last year, would amount to one of the greatest transfers of wealth from the poor to the rich in generations. It would also charge trillions of dollars in new debt to the account of future Americans. It’s a plan that could please only far-right ideologues who want to dissolve nearly every part of the federal government, save the military.
At the same time, Trump’s proposal would raise military spending by 14.1% while cutting funding for the State Department — the agency that has the mandate to resolve problems without going to war — by 26.9%.
Trump cuts the Department of Health and Human Services by 20.3% and the Department of Education by 10.5%. It calls for (yet again) the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and proposes cutting food stamps by $213 billion, or around 30%, over 10 years. Medicare and Medicaid, which benefit one-third of Americans, are targeted for cuts of hundreds of billions of dollars.
It is difficult to understand the logic behind Trump’s proposal because it paints a very negative picture of the future for American people.
It is also difficult to explain why Donald Trump does not see that his proposal pushes the country towards collapse. Perhaps Trump’s unwillingness to learn disabled his ability to recognize the obvious.
It is also possible that Trump’s disability has played an essential role in the entire Russian government’s interference with 2016 US presidential elections. Indirectly, it is supported by striking similarities of Donald Trump’s war on media with methods used by Vladimir Putin.
The Washington Post reported that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday accused the media of endangering national security by publishing classified information leaked to reporters.
According to The Washington Post, NBC’s Kristen Welker had asked about the prudence of allowing someone such as former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who lacked a permanent security clearance, to handle classified material. The concern about Porter, presented to the FBI by an ex-wife who accused him of domestic violence, was that Porter’s history could make him vulnerable to blackmail; it had nothing to do with leaks.
Yet Sanders responded to the question by saying: “Frankly, if you guys have such concern with classified information, there’s plenty of it that’s leaked out of the Hill, that’s leaked out of other communities well beyond the White House walls. If you guys have real concerns about leaking out classified information, look around this room. You guys are the ones that publish classified information and put national security at risk.”
Somehow Sanders forgot that it is not mass media but Donald Trump who in May 2017 disclosed classified information to top Russian government officials during his meeting in the Oval Office. Possibly she didn’t realize it as she might not consider representatives of the Russian government as outsiders.
Sanders weird response is not an exception. The Trump White House routinely fails to establish whether and when key events happened. At some point, it might wish it could provide a tick-tock that the media and the public would accept at face value.
When the White House is unable to coordinate responses regarding simple matters it raises a serious concern whether Trump administration would be able to handle issues which more complex.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post says that Russia is likely to throw more propaganda at Americans, using people sympathetic to their messages and fake personalities on social media.
According to The Washington Post, the intelligence officials offered their caution during testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual hearing on worldwide threats and said that Russia believes its interference in the 2016 presidential election largely achieved its chief aim — weakening faith in the American democracy.
Moscow now sees the coming Congressional elections as a chance to build on its gains, they said.
“There should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 U.S. midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations,” said Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence.
The committee’s Democratic vice chairman faulted the Trump administration for not preparing for potential Russian interference in the 2018 elections.
“Make no mistake: This threat did not begin in 2016, and it certainly didn’t end with the election,” said Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.). “What we are seeing is a continuous assault by Russia to target and undermine our democratic institutions, and they are going to keep coming at us.”
“Despite all of this, the president inconceivably continues to deny the threat posed by Russia,” Warner continued. “He didn’t increase sanctions on Russia when he had a chance to do so. He hasn’t even tweeted a single concern. This threat demands a whole-of-government response, and that needs to start with leadership at the top.”
A probability factor that the Russian government would try to influence the outcome of 2018 elections is quite hight. Because many facts suggest that it might be very important for the Russian government that Donald Trump to remain in power without “unnecessary disturbances” caused by Democrats if they win.
Since his election, Donald Trump has justified every effort of the Russian government. Therefore, it doesn’t make any political sense not to interfere especially when they know that Trump’s rating is significantly down.
In the world of politics, no country, including the United States, would NEVER miss the opportunity as good as the one which Donald Trump presented to the Russian government.
But it is unlikely that any country, including Russia, would assume a high-level risk of potential exposure unless it promises an enormously huge reward.
It was a lifetime opportunity. There is no a better way to get rid of a long-standing “enemy”. Which means that possibly the ultimate goal for the 2016 US elections interference is either to achieve a substantial damage to the US international positions and economy or triggering the disintegration process which would collapse the country.