Trumpcare and the administration’s budget submission propose slashing the social safety net by about $1.7 trillion over the next ten years.
Most of the savings would be stuffed into already bulging pockets of the well-to-do, the top 1% or 2% of income earners.
Meanwhile, the cuts would not only target the poor, but more particularly those who are children, disabled, sick or hungry.
These proposals show the lie that were Trump’s campaign contentions not to cut Medicaid.
You can find articles on the impact of these cuts here, here and here. Here is a rather sad article on the rationale behind the cuts and how a Russian news reporter schooled Trump’s budget director on some aspects of it.
Christians who support this war on the poor don’t even have a fig leaf to wear in justifying these actions.
If you believe scripture, while we may not like it or understand it, God wants fairness and justice for the poor.
Bible verses attesting to God’s concern for the poor:
“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 23:22
“Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land . . . buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat. The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.” Amos 8:4; 6-7
“Jesus answered, If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'” Matthew 19:21
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Matthew 25:35
“They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely.” Mark 12:40
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.” Luke 4:18
“So he replied to the messengers, “‘Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.'” Luke 7:22
“Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.” Luke 12:33
If Trump’s budget and healthcare proposals are enacted, tens of millions of Americans will be worse off than they are today.
According to the latest Census figures, about 45 million Americans live in poverty and over 16 million of those are children.
According to the same figures, about 30 million Americans live just above the poverty line and, again, about one-third of these are children.
Some, such as Franklin Graham say in earnestness, and with faith and hope, that Trump is sent by God.
If that is true, my thought is that if these proposals are to be believed, God sent him not as a blessing but as a curse.