The president is again demonstrating that he only cares for the wealthy 1 percent millionaires in this country, like himself, and not for the rest of us. Look at his proposed 2019 federal budget.

His discretionary spending plan calls for 61 percent of our tax money to go to the military, to protect big corporations overseas. It does provide some employment, but the same amount of money spent on health care or education would create 50 to 100 percent more jobs, according to University of Massachusetts economist Heidi Garrett-Peltier, so everyone who wanted a job could have one and be trained for it.

The president’s budget proposes big cuts to or complete elimination of funding for job training, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), fuel assistance, health care and legal aid for those experiencing domestic violence. He wants to cut some Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs, too. There is over 20 percent in spending cuts to the Health and Human Services and Labor departments, and over 35 percent cut from funding for housing and environmental programs.

Does he care whether we live or die? I’m not sure.

This budget is from the president for the rich. I hope it never sees the light of day and that Congress passes a budget that cares about the rest of us, the 99 percent. But it won’t happen unless we scream – loudly – at those in Maine who claim to “represent” us in Congress. All four of them are millionaires, too.

Larry Dansinger