President Donald Trump’s proposed budget is atrocious. He wants to cut spending on education, environmental initiatives, food assistance for children, counterterrorism, and IRS investigations into tax fraud to fund his absurd wall on the Mexican border.
He is also going to cut essential health research, according POLITICO senior correspondent John Bresnahan. The National Institute of Health (NIH) will face substantial budget cuts if Trump gets his way.
Mexico is no longer paying for the wall. Instead, it's coming out of cancer research.https://t.co/YZszgfWpN1
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) March 28, 2017
/2 Hill Rs aren't going to like proposed $1.2 billion NIH cut to find border wall. About $2 billion would go towards Trump’s proposed wall
— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) March 28, 2017
It was obvious all along that Mexico would not cough up funds for Trump’s unnecessary, xenophobic wall. The wall will be paid for by Americans. Our taxes will be diverted to the wall at the expense of critical medical research that could save the lives of countless in the future.
One important area of research is cancer treatment. Medicine is advancing, but not fast enough for cancer sufferers and their families. The last thing America needs is a slowdown in the pace of medical research.
Initially Trump’s plan for Mexico to pay for the wall was to levy a tariff on goods imported from Mexico. Not only would this violate the terms of NAFTA, the expenses would be paid by American consumers.
A tariff would mean that Mexican imports would cost more on the American market. Americans would pay higher prices and part of that higher price would go to fund the border wall. Mexico’s economy might take a hit as its exports become less competitive, but that doesn’t constitute Mexico paying for the wall.
All of Trump’s grand schemes to pay for his outrageously expensive wall, forecasted to cost nearly $22 billion, come at the expense of Americans. Trump isn’t putting “America first.” He is pursuing his own fantastical schemes and forcing Americans to carry the burden.
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