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22 Ways Trump Has Increased US Deficit By 4 to 5 Trillion Dollars

by First Do No Harm Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 at 10:34 PM

Despite cutting money for the health of hundreds of millions of Americans, education, bridges, mass transit, environmental enforcement, etc Trump has added trillions to the deficit.



The Trump regime under the guise of cutting government costs has increased them. Between 4 and 5 trillion dollars in costs have been added to the deficit enriching Chinese, Swiss, Japanese, British Israeli and American banksters.

Trump Deficit and other costs*

a, 2.3 trillion added to deficit for govt welfare to the rich and to corporations

b. 1.5 trillion for increased arms purchases

c. Hundreds of billions to continues with wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen,

Syria, Somalia etc.The MOAB bomb alone with its devastating environmental impact dropped by General Nicholson

cost 16 million dollars.

d. The war glorifying and egotistical military parade is estimated to cost 92 million dollars, 80 million more than original estimates. These 92 millon dollars will not feed the hungry, clothe the poor, give homes to the homeless, provide healing to the sick, education to the young etc.

e. The increased costs of ICE and expanded border guards

f. Billions in court costs for countless thousands of arrested immigrants

g. Billions in costs of imprisoning kidnapped children in some places and their parents elsewhere

h. 7,000 already in Oct of 2017 the Secret Service is forced to pay to Trump golf courses for the cost of renting golf carts with which to protect him. Estimates are it is now over a quarter million

$$.

i.Trump demands 2.4 million in rent for the room in Trump Tower from which they operate when he is there.

j. Trump has cost more Secret Service

than any other president. When he goes to Florida..it is not just Secret Service and local police but the Coast Guard which are required to protect him.

k. Trump's sanctions against Iran, Venezuela, and Russia, nations with more socialist programs and less loanshark capitalist domination have

caused Americans to pay much more at the gas tank. Increasing gas prices raises prices for much of the economy.

l. Trump's tariff program directed at Mexico, Canada, China, Europe are hurting US businesses and decreasing

tax revenue.

m. As Trump's tariffs prove disastrous and animal flesh surpluses, several billion pounds worth, accumulate, Trump & the USDA have proposed 12 billion dollars in subsidies to pig and cow murderers whose product causes animal agony, human diseases, global warming, energy waste, deforestation. These subsidies have been called 'golden crutches'. Farmers say they want trade, not aid, access to markets, not pacifiers, not trampling by Trump.

n. Trump asked for 25 billion, then 18 billion for a wall along the Mexican border whose building harms business and the environment. He has been given a portion of that amount.

o. For the first time in US history, money is being spent on Secret Service protection for Trump's press secretary who like his UN ambassador is willing to promote violent and thieving programs on his behalf.

p. Trump is working to desecrate space with weapons with an absurdly expensive program called Space Force

q. Trump is helping prison privateers further increase the debt by keeping nonviolent marijuana users and other nonviolent prisoners in jail

r. US Forestry Svc destroying marijuana plants in national forests.

s. Trump has increased the animal torture budget of NIH by several billion dollars, while denying genuine

health care to tens of millions of Americans.

t. Hurricanes Michael, Florence etc. will cost over 10 billion. Trump's pro coal profossil fuels and EPA actions have further

heated the waters of the Gulf and Atlantic causing fiercer storms.

u. Trump's antienvironment, treekilling, animal killing wall proposal would cost hundreds of billions.

v. Tens of millions in Secret Service costs to protect the trophy hunter Trump sons...as they hunt in Iowa, Montana etc.



https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/08/27/trade-wars-u-s-farmers-get-first-4-7-billion-relief/1114709002/

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/24/us/politics/farmers-aid-trade-war.html

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/28/tax-cuts-trump-gop-analysis-430781

Trump on pace to surpass 8 years of Obama's travel spending in 1 year

https://www.cnn.com/2017/04/10/politics/donald-trump-obama...costs/index.html

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/362489-secret-service-has-spent-nearly-150k-on-golf-cart-rentals-since-trump

Trump's Military Parade Could Cost Million - The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/.../trumps-military-parade-could-cost-30

http://time.com/4739302/mother-of-all-bombs-afghanistan-what-is-that/

http://time.com/5210780/congress-omnibus-border-security-wall-donald-trump/

Trump's military parade, an example of Trump's desire to glorify war, is now estimated to cost not 32 illion but 90 or more million

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/16/trump-military-parade-expected-to-cost-80-million-more-than-estimated.html

https://www.newsweek.com/government-paying-trump-tower-presidential-protection-638852

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/10/05/secre...



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As budget deficit balloons, few in Washington seem to care

by AP Sunday, Mar. 10, 2019 at 5:28 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is ballooning on President Donald Trump’s watch and few in Washington seem to care.

And even if they did, the political dynamics that enabled bipartisan deficit-cutting deals decades ago has disappeared, replaced by bitter partisanship and chronic dysfunction.

That’s the reality that will greet Trump’s latest budget , which will promptly be shelved after landing with a thud on Monday. Like previous spending blueprints, Trump’s plan for the 2020 budget year will propose cuts to many domestic programs favored by lawmakers in both parties but leave alone politically popular retirement programs such as Medicare and Social Security.



Washington probably will devote months to wrestling over erasing the last remnants of a failed 2011 budget deal that would otherwise cut core Pentagon operations by billion and domestic agencies and foreign aid by billion. Top lawmakers are pushing for a reprise of three prior deals to use spending cuts or new revenues and prop up additional spending rather than defray deficits that are again approaching trillion.

It’s put deficit hawks in a gloomy mood.

“The president doesn’t care. The leadership of the Democratic Party doesn’t care,” said former Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H. “And social media is in stampede mode.”

Trump’s budget arrives as the latest Treasury Department figures show a 77 percent spike in the deficit over the first four months of the budget year, driven by falling revenues and steady growth in spending.

Trump’s 2017 tax cut bears much of the blame, along with sharp increases in spending for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies and the growing federal retirement costs of the baby boom generation. Promises that the tax cut would stir so much economic growth that it would mostly pay for itself have been proved woefully wrong.

Trump’s upcoming budget, however, won’t address any of the main factors behind the growing, intractable deficits that have driven the U.S. debt above trillion. Its most striking proposed cuts — to domestic agency operations — were rejected when tea party Republicans controlled the House, and they face equally grim prospects now that Democrats are in the majority.

Trump has given no indication he’s much interested in the deficit and he’s rejected any idea of curbing Medicare or Social Security, the massive federal retirement programs whose imbalances are the chief deficit drivers.



An administration official said Friday that the president’s plan promises to balance the budget in 15 years. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss specifics about the budget before the document’s official release and spoke on condition of anonymity

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Democrats have witnessed the retirement of a generation of lawmakers who came up in the 1980s and 1990s and negotiated deficit-cutting deals in 1990 and 1993. But those agreements came at significant political cost to both President George H.W. Bush, who lost re-election, and President Bill Clinton, whose party lost control of Congress in 1995.

But the moderate wing of the Democratic Party has withered with the electoral wipeout of “Blue Dog” Democrats at the hands of tea party forces over recent election cycles.

“Concern about the deficit is so woefully out of fashion that it’s hard to even imagine it coming back into fashion,” said Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., one of his party’s few remaining deficit hawks. “This is as out of fashion as bell bottoms.”

While in charge of the House, Republicans used to generate nonbinding budget blueprints that promised to balance the federal ledger by relying on a controversial plan to eventually transform Medicare into a voucher-like program. But they never pursued follow-up legislation that would actually do it.

Republicans, who seized Congress more than two decades ago promising and ultimately achieving balanced budgets during the Clinton administration, have instead focused on two major rounds of tax cuts during the Trump era and the administration of President George W. Bush in 2001.

Nor are Republicans willing to consider tough deficit-cutting steps such as higher taxes or Pentagon budget cuts. Leading Democratic presidential contenders talk of “Medicare for All” and increasing Social Security benefits instead of curbing them.

“You have to get pretty damn serious about revenue as well as defense spending, and those are two things the Republicans don’t want to bring into the conversation,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. “My Democratic friends who talk about expansion of benefits. I’ve told them to ‘get real.’”

Trump has never gone to the mat for his plan to slash domestic spending such as renewable energy programs.

“If Trump can be criticized I think the perception has been that he has not fought for the spending cuts that he’s proposed,” said former Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. “There’s no upside to trying to cut anything. There’s no political reward. But if you cut something there’s a lot of political downside.”

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Neither is there any reservoir of the political will and bipartisan trust required to take the political heat for the tough steps it would take to rein in deficits. And it’s not like voters are clamoring for action.

“There’s been very little dialogue in the last several years about debt and deficit and how to really be able to address it,” said Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. “It just never came up” in the 2016 election. “It still doesn’t come up.”

The deficit registered 4 billion during Trump’s first year in office but is projected to hit about 0 billion this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office, which says Trump’s tax cut will add .5 trillion to the deficit over 10 years.

“One of the short-term goals should be — I know it’s not a lofty goal — stopping things from getting a lot worse. It’s something the Republicans obviously were unable to do. That’s a low bar, but they couldn’t meet a low bar,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

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AP Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.

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