She’s back! And to no surprise, she is harshly criticizing President Donald Trump.
Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had her claws out Tuesday night, saying Trump’s budget “mounts an onslaught” of “unimaginable cruelty.”
She made the overdramatic observation at the Children’s Health Fund in New York, where she went past just criticizing her former opponent, and jumped down the throats of all Republicans in Congress.
“This administration and Republicans in Congress are mounting an onslaught against the needs of children and people with disabilities, women and seniors,” Hillary said.
Going as far as to hint that the Trump administration doesn’t care about the health of American children, she continued, “it hurts the well-being of children. It’s time to send a resounding message that we will not stand on this attack on the most vulnerable among us.”
But Hillary has clearly been away from Capitol Hill for too long, because that “resounding” message she wants to send isn’t going to have the backing she anticipates.
White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney told lawmakers on Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s plans to slash social programs are designed to increase economic growth to 3 percent and put “taxpayers first.”
Conservatives and economists point out that poverty is exacerbated by the government’s bloated welfare system.
In other words, welfare hurts the poor in the longrun.
The plan, Trump’s first as president, combines $4.1 trillion for the upcoming 2018 fiscal year with a promise to bring the budget back into balance in 10 years, relying on aggressive spending cuts and a surge in economic growth.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has not shied away from criticizing the president in the past, said, “the aspiration and the goal is right on the target,” when asked about the deal on Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”
Ryan continued, minimizing critiques from Democrats, saying, “The gun goes off at the starting line when the president submits his budget, and then the jockeying, the posturing and the prioritizing occurs. That’s what you’re hearing there. People with priorities pushing for their priorities and that’s what Congress does.”
Indeed, there should be little shock at the budget proposal, since it reflects what Trump said all throughout his campaign.
Trump’s budget keeps to his campaign pledge to leave Medicare and Social Security pension benefits alone and contains spending increases for the military and veterans.
It also includes a proposal to balance the budget, something never included in the timid proposals from the Barack Obama administration.
“We never had that with Obama.” Ryan said. “He never even tried to balance the budget, let alone even propose to balance the budget. So, what I see is a president keeping his promises.”
Clinton can attempt to sabotage the plan all she wants, with her rallying cries and aggressive rhetoric.
But the truth of the matter is simple.
Trump is keeping his campaign promises and majority of Republicans are on board to pass his proposal.
Anything else is just nasty political theater.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.