"At least one million people will die"
Now that Adolf Eichmann, I mean Mick Mulvaney, has released the Trump regime's budget proposal, we know the depths of depravity to which this cabal will sink. The budget is nothing less than a war on the poor—many of them people who voted for Trump in the delusion that the only people who would get it in the neck were "those" people.
The budget is so full of vileness and depravity that it's hard to wrap one's head around its dark enormity.
Then I saw this story from the New York Times, and it suddenly clicked.
At least one million people will die in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, researchers and advocates said on Tuesday, if funding cuts proposed by the Trump administration to global public health programs are enacted.
The United States currently spends more than $6 billion annually on programs that buy antiretroviral drugs for about 11.5 million people worldwide who are infected with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. The Trump administration has proposed slashing those programs by at least $1.1 billion — nearly a fifth of their current funding, said Jen Kates, a vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
“These are lifesaving interventions, and these levels of reductions will significantly curtail service delivery,” Ms. Kates said.
Are these people the ones Mulvaney says have to be weaned off of government handouts? The sick, the poor, the benighted?
Think about this: In order to increase the military budget and save the rich a few pennies on the dollar of taxes, the Trump regime is willing to consign possibly millions to an early, preventable death. And these are the same people who are so apoplexed over the "sanctity of life" that they're slashing funding for family planning all over the developing world.
Previous GOP administrations have crafted budgets which have hurt the least of us. But none of them has ever gone this far. This is a budget Reinhard Heydrich would love. Albert Speer would give it his stamp of approval. Again: at least one million people will meet an early grave due to the proposals in this budget. This is a budget of genocide.
How far and fast this country has fallen. We are in the hands of heartless, cruel lackeys to the super-rich, idolaters to an ideology which utterly devalues the majority of humanity. Yes, everyone is saying that this budget is DOA. But does it really matter? Will what the GOP House and Senate craft be any better? Trumpism is not Trump. It is the disease, now given a catchy name, which has infected the GOP for decades, now come to deathly fruition.
I will keep repeating: The only solution is the solution we have as citizens, which is to vote them out next year. Vote them all out. Make the grass grow over the carcass of the Republican Party. Make it a dark memory, a cautionary tale we tell our children to warn them of what can happen when a people succumb to hubris.
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