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He Won, You Lost: Trump looking out for…and avoiding the “Forgotten Men and Women.”

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 11:37
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It's almost surreal watching pundits try to predict what will happen next in the Trump administration. Seriously, there is no logical rhyme or reason for their actions, no set of government guidelines they're aware of. Trump isn't trying to learn the system, he's winging it, with paranoid anti-government advisers hell bent on gutting 200 years of progress. And don't get me started on nepotism, conflicts of interest, and presidential profiteering.

With that said, let's see what every desperate Trump supporting “forgotten American” will not get for their vote and drooling loyal obedience:

1. Health Care Freddom? 24 million will lose health insurance and everyone else will see co-pays and deductibles skyrocket.

2. Jeff Sessions backs Unconstitutional policing, excessive force and misconduct to combat Uptick in Killings: 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions painted a grim vision of violence in America on Tuesday, telling state law enforcement officials that a recent uptick in killings threatens to undo decades of progress and suggested police would be more effective if they were subjected to less federal scrutiny … the Trump administration not only plans to scale back the number of new investigations it launches into unconstitutional policing, excessive force and other law enforcement misconduct allegations but also the likelihood it will seek to reopen agreements the Obama civil rights unit had already negotiated.

3. The FCC wants to block dozens of companies from providing low-cost Internet, known as Lifeline to Rural Americans, Vets, and Seniors: 

Saying that state officials should decide whether to allow those companies to participate in the federal program. Through Lifeline, roughly 3.5 million Americans receive a monthly credit worth $9.25 that they then use to reduce the cost of buying mobile or residential broadband. Millions more use the subsidy to purchase traditional phone service. The program created during the Reagan administration, supports seniors, veterans and rural Americans who otherwise cannot afford phone or Internet service. It is not funded by taxpayer dollars but by the fees collected on consumers' phone bills each month. Opponents of the decision said the move will limit struggling Americans' ability to choose a good provider, particularly in rural or low-income areas. “The Chairman’s position stands in stark contrast to his stated aim to close the digital divide,” said the consumer group Public Knowledge, “by raising barriers to affordable choices available to low-income families.”

4. Small, mid-size manufacturers may lose consulting services in Donald Trump budget. 

Trump’s budget proposes to eliminate federal funds to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program that make up nearly half of the revenues for the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity … MEP “has a direct impact on manufacturing, and when you start talking about measurable impact, over the history of the program the whole national system has a return of $12 to $1,” Buckley Brinkman, CEO of Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity.

5. Making it harder for Wisconsin residents to stay warm in the winter: 

President Trump’s budget eliminates the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps people with low incomes heat their homes. In 2016, 199,190 people in the state received federal heating assistance … President Trump’s budget proposal eliminates that assistance.

6. Making it more difficult for struggling students to keep out of trouble and stay in school.

Trump’s budget zeroes out funding for community learning centers, which provide after-school programs for students in school districts in low-income areas … Community learning centers get results, despite the claims of Trump’s budget director.  An evaluation of Wisconsin community learning centers showed that the centers helped students miss fewer days of school and have fewer out-of-school suspensions. Students participating in the programs were more likely to graduate from high school, and more likely to continue their education after high school.

7. Harder to keep Wisconsin shorelines clean: 

Presidents Trump’s budget wipes out $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which pays for projects that improve water quality, protect and restore native habitats and species, and address environmental problems in Wisconsin and other Great Lakes states. Scott Walker opposes Trump’s proposed cuts, saying that “the Great Lakes are an incredible asset. They’re an asset from a commercial standpoint in terms of fishing and tourism, but also in general in terms of quality of life.”

8. By denying equal access justice to people with low incomes

Trump’s budget axes the Legal Services Corporation, which in 2016 provided $5 million to organizations in Wisconsin to provide free legal services for people who can’t afford a lawyer. Last year, almost 16,000 Wisconsin residents were helped by these legal services.

9. Shifting costs to our state government and making it harder to balance the state budget. 

Federal money makes up almost a third of the Wisconsin state budget. Federal money provides health care coverage for families and individuals with low incomes, supports research at the University of Wisconsin, and strengthens Wisconsin’s transportation network. Trump’s budget would cut the money coming into the state, leaving Wisconsin on the hook to make up part of the nearly $11 billion per year in these federal investments.

We're about to find out how big a problem “government” is, once it's been eliminated. Remember…

Republicans (72%) are twice as likely as Democrats (37%) to agree with former President Ronald Reagan that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Fifty-six percent (56%) of unaffiliated votes share that view.

It that were true, then why are private educators, manufacturers, and corporate CEO's always trying to get the government to fork over more and more of our taxpayer dollars?  

A former liberal radio talk host who likes to ask the “follow-up question” at


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