Letter to the editor: President’s budget is Robin Hood in reverse

It is often said that a budget is a moral document since it reflects what a family, institution or government believes is important. A budget like the one recently proposed by our president fails my beliefs as to what is moral. It not only shifts major funding from domestic needs to the military but shifts major amounts from services to the poor to allow tax cuts for the already rich.

Do we really need to increase military funding when we already give the military industrial complex funds which equal the next seven highest military budgets in the world, and some of these seven are our allies?  If funds equal to the next seven highest arms budgets is not enough, might it be time to question how our military spends its funds? We know that it is the only department of the government which has not met the requirements of the law calling for regular audits of each governmental department. What might an audit reveal?

I’m far from a scholar of religion, but I’m unaware of any religious doctrine which preaches the morality of tax cuts for the rich at the expense of the poor. The proposed “healthcare bill” recently passed in the US House of Representatives did just that. In order to give tax cuts averaging $7 hundred million dollars each for the 400 richest taxpayers, the bill would cut some $800 billion dollars from current healthcare for the poor. Both the proposed budget and the healthcare bill are Robin Hood in reverse. A true indication of how the 1 percent gets the government to bend the laws to benefit those who are funding our elections.

Don Thompson



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