President Trump, the baby killer…

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President Trump’s proposed budget has been released and the left is already attacking it for the “deep cuts” it makes to social programs. In reality, the budget does not reduce social spending, but rather proposes a 10-year rate of growth slightly lower than the current projections. In the socialist lexicon, any attempt to rein in costs is a “deep” or “draconian” cut. This is politics and to be expected.

But some on the left aren’t stopping there. NYC major De Blasio claims children will die if Trump’s cuts to children’s health programs are enacted. This isn’t the first time such charges have been launched at Republicans, but it’s still shameful discourse. It’s tempting to laugh and move on, but this argument can easily be turned on the Democrats.

Their reasoning is simple: Spending “less” on government healthcare for children means that some will die because they won’t get the care they need. The evidence for this is debatable at best, but let’s take it at face value. If spending less would kill kids, then wouldn’t spending more save some who are currently dying from a lack of care? If no, then the current, arbitrary level of spending must be the perfect amount, benefitting all children and harming none. Few if any would make this claim, as there’s simply no way to verify this.

Most progressives would respond with a resounding YES, but herein lies the intellectual dishonesty. Since current spending levels were endorsed by President Obama, then he must have also killed kids by not spending even more. Perhaps Obama “did the best he could” in negotiations with a Republican Congress, but the current level of spending on children’s health programs is higher than what Democrats endorsed when they controlled both the House and Senate in 2008 and 2009. That lower amount didn’t seem to kill any kids then. If their argument today is accurate, then we must also indict Democrats for supporting substandard spending in the past.

Of course, progressives always want to spend more on social programs, claiming that people will starve or die if their demands are not met. The current level—if previously endorsed by the left—is always the bare minimum, just enough to keep from doing harm. Even when they get the increase they want, progressives refer to the expansion as a mere “move in the right direction.” While some progressives attempt to debate the issue in a reasonable fashion, those like De Blasio who resort to scare tactics and hyperbole are appealing to ignorance.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. JR3  •  May 29, 2017 @9:01 AM

    This isn’t debate from the democrats, it’s insulting. Nobody wants to harm kids, but you have to be fiscally responsible. The answer is always the same. Spend, spend, spend…

  2. Capel  •  May 29, 2017 @9:42 AM

    correct JR. The spending has us $20 trill in the hole but the republicans won’t say no. At least Trump is trying to do a little.

  3. jeremy  •  May 30, 2017 @6:12 PM

    If we don’t provide basic healthcare to children who don’t have it, then some will get sick and some will die. Trump is responsible for this if he cuts the budget.

  4. jackc  •  Jun 2, 2017 @5:11 PM

    Good point doc. The democrat talking heads talk as if the perfect amount of CHIP spending has been achieved if only the republicans didn’t want to cut the budget on the backs of children.

  5. alt552  •  Jun 12, 2017 @6:53 AM

    SNAP should only be for the bare essentials and only for people who are really poor. I see people with SNAP cards buying better groceries that I do. If you can’t afford kids, don’t have kids..

  6. jim_b  •  Jun 13, 2017 @3:10 PM

    don’t drink the kool-ail jeremy. there are other ways to get medical care without the government providing it anyway.