Watch Republicans Run Away From Donald Trump’s Ruthless Budget

Want to know how Republicans are reacting to Donald Trump’s ruthless budget? The same budget with the 2 trillion dollar “error” of spending the same money twice? (Oopsie!)

Republicans are gathering round Trump when it comes to RussiaGate, but when it comes to things their constituents will not tolerate from them, things that will make their home districts suffer and reflect poorly on them rather than things that might have given them a wee bump in the polls wink wink Putin, Republicans are running away from the ruthless stench of the Trump budget.


Watch them run, run, run away:

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA): “I don’t think the president’s budget is going anywhere.” Reporters then asked what signal the president’s budget cuts send to the American people. “It is no signal of mine,” he responded. [Washington Examiner, 5/23/17]


Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA): Sen. Bill Cassidy says Trump’s proposed budget contradicts his campaign promises [Vox Twitter, 5/23/17]


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): “The budget is dead, OK? We’re not going to enact the president’s budget, but it’s Mick Mulvaney’s job to sell the budget and be a loyal soldier and try to listen to Congress.” [E&E News, 5/23/17]


Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): “President Trump’s $603 billion defense budget request is inadequate to the challenges we face, illegal under current law, and part of an overall budget proposal that is dead on arrival in Congress.” [Press Release, 5/23/17]


Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-TX): .@JohnCornyn says Trump’s budget is “dead on arrival” [NBC News Twitter, 5/22/17]


Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV): “From slashing funding for important public lands programs to its renewed effort to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, the President’s budget request contains several anti-Nevada provisions.” [Press Release, 5/23/17]


Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS): “No” Sen Roberts says when asked if R’s will go along with big cuts to the safety net.  Says he has “no idea” what Trump is thinking. [AP Twitter, 5/22/17]


Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY): “It’ll face a tough sled here,” said veteran Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky. Asked about the impact on his constituents from reductions in such programs as food stamps, Rogers said, “These cuts that are being proposed are draconian. They’re not mere shavings, they’re deep, deep cuts.” [AP, 5/23/17]


Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI): “Many of the proposed cuts to important domestic programs that many Michiganders rely on are, frankly, non-starters. Of particular concern is funding for our Great Lakes and the National Institutes of Health.” [Press Release, 5/23/17]


Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI): Asked if Mick Mulvaney is the only person who likes Trump’s budget, Upton says Mulvaney might not even vote for it if still in the House [AP Twitter, 5/23/17]


Rep. John Faso (R-NY): “Deep cuts to domestic programs, however, would threaten Upstate New Yorkers at a time when a still-struggling regional economy and fragile jobs market have left many families concerned about the future.” [Press Release, 5/23/17]


Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY): “It’s a problem — it’s a big problem,” said Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), the chairman of a House Appropriations subcommittee, of a proposed $610 billion reduction in Medicaid spending. “I’ve got one of the poorest districts in the country with lots of Medicaid recipients as well as other programs. …The cuts are draconian.” [Washington Post, 5/23/17]


Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC): Asked about the CHIP cuts, Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) warned there was such a thing as too many cuts. “There will be some concerns if we go too deep in some of these areas,” he said.” [Washington Post, 5/23/17]


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): Other senators took aim at some of Trump’s steepest cuts. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., added that the National Institutes of Health is “a national treasure.” Trump would cut more than $1 billion from NIH next year. [Washington Examiner,5/23/17]


Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI): “Many of the proposed cuts to important domestic programs that many Michiganders rely on are, frankly, non-starters. Of particular concern is funding for our Great Lakes and the National Institutes of Health.” [Press Release, 5/23/17]


Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID):  Many of the cuts, including those to energy science programs, “do not make sense,” said Simpson, adding the budget won’t pass the House without a rewrite. [E&E News, 5/23/17]


Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA): And Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, criticized cuts to a flood protection system that Louisiana relies on. “I strongly oppose,” the proposed reductions, Cassidy said. “Our coast line — we just need to that to keep another Katrina from bashing our state.” [NBC News, 5/23/17]


Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS): Senate Agriculture chairman @SenPatRoberts on crop insurance cuts in Trump budget: “not viable” and ‘very harmful’” [KC Star Twitter, 5/23/17]


Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS): “It’s just a lot of people who don’t know what the hell is going on in farm country.” — Sen. Pat Roberts on the budget’s agricultural cuts. [WSJ Twitter, 5/23/17]



Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK): Cole predicted that many of the deep spending cuts, like those to Meals on Wheels and the National Institutes of Health, would anger Republicans and Democrats alike. … “We have to avoid the temptation of giving the president everything he wants because if we gave him everything want into writing we couldn’t enact it,” Cole said. [Washington Post, 5/23/17]


Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC): “Meals on Wheels, even for some of us who are considered to be fiscal hawks, may be a bridge too far.” [New York Times, 5/22/17]


Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC): “Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the hardline House Freedom Caucus, said he was encouraged by early reports of new curbs on food stamps, family welfare and other spending, but he said he drew the line on cuts to Meals on Wheels — a charity that White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney suggested was ineffective earlier this year. ‘I’ve delivered meals to a lot of people that perhaps it’s their only hot meal of the day,’ Meadows said.” [Washington Post, 5/23/17]


Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI): “I thought Mexico was going to pay for the wall, why is this in our budget?” [AP, 5/23/17]


Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC): “3 percent, I’m not seeing how you get there mathematically.” “It makes for a make-believe debate that I find frustrating.” [AP Twitter, 5/23/17]


Of course, the RNC is behind Trump’s budget. They sent PoliticusUSA a link to an op-ed in CNBC  by Jake Novak claiming, “America finally has something it’s needed for decades: A budget that starts to tell the truth. And some people don’t seem to be able to handle the truth. But they need to start.

“The truth is coming in the form of the White House budget that calls for major cuts to entitlement programs that are not sustainable, taxes that punish productivity and growth, and the fundamental understanding that politicians cannot be trusted to spend our money.”

Ah, yes. The “truth”.

I will give them that; the Trump budget does tell the truth: About Republican priorities of tax cuts for the rich and problems with math. But it’s not a fiscally conservative truth, or else Republicans would stop giving taxpayer welfare/subsidies to corporations and they wouldn’t refer to a 2 trillion dollar error as something they would “refine”.

Yes, patriots, no worries, that 2 trillion dollars that Republicans spent twice? Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the budget is preliminary and will be “refined”.

These are just some of the “hard truths”, ruthless cruelties and bad math of the Trump budget.