How bad is the Trump cruelty budget? So bad it cuts EPA funding and staffing even more than Scott Pruitt wanted. So bad it jerks itself off for zeroing out NEA, NIH, and PBS funding. So bad the Trump Administration, having apparently watched a few too many porn films, calls it the "hard power" budget. So bad that OMB Director Mick Mulvaney actually praised it for its everyone-for-themselves quality. So bad it not only slashes the agencies that could feasibly build out infrastructure, which he did run on, but also slashes programs that actually help laid-off coal miners in Appalachia -- both proving, once again, that they only need you for your pain, and they need your pain so badly they'll create more of it, again and again and again. And, of course, it's so bad that you oughta call your Reps and Senators, post haste, and tell them you won't stand for this budget or any budget that's close to it.
And while you've got your Reps and Senators on the phone, you can tell them to reject the Trump welfare handout to his rich friends, better known as the American Health Care Act. The House plans to vote on this bill this week, and of course they're planning to ignore our will and pass the damn thing -- especially now that they're only pretending to hear the part of the CBO report where the Trumpcare bill would cut the deficit and not the part where it'd deprive 22 million Americans of their health care -- but every time we make our will plain, we shame them further, and they need all the shame we can give them. Republicans have also, apparently, decided to make the Medicaid block grant an option for states, but they're still planning to phase out the expansion, so why praise them because they now support a pile of dung the flies haven't found yet, rather than a pile of dung the flies have long fled?
Finally, the CFPB has enacted rules to protect good Americans from hidden fees, theft, loss, and unauthorized charges when they use prepaid cards -- but of course Congress wants to roll those rules back, because they worship mammon, or kowtow to big donors who worship mammon, what's the difference? Seriously, whom do these rules hurt? Banksters who want to make even more money without doing one thing to make the world a better place? Sorry, folks -- banksters who shell out big campaign money to get legislation passed to enable them to charge absurd fees to folks who use their services are not workers, but parasites, and parasites should not get all the say in America. Hence Americans for Financial Reform helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject any efforts to roll back the prepaid card rules that protect consumers from financial predators. After all, civilized people still do think our government should do that on our behalf.