Trump’s budget: America Last


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Donald J Trump never fails to piss off the local and foreign audience with his bizarre and dramatic economic plans. An increment in military spending and decrement of spending in just about anything that actually matters to the American people sums up the proposed 2018 fiscal budget for the United States of America. It’s also important to note that the scientific establishment might take a big hit since funds for EPA and NASA have been reduced. On the matter of increments, Trump’s controversial opinion on increased military spending has been reflected without fail in the proposed  ‘America First’ budget. Deductively, he’s cutting funds for almost every non-defense agency. This is pure cruel conservatism in action.

Increased military spending might have drastic effects in the global scenario. One might think it might lead to a more secure America with the development of nuclear power, but military spending might spark global tensions and an indication of progress for a violence-free world would not be sought out for. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seems to be handling this issue with flow; he stated that military options are on the table while dealing with North Korea’s notoriety. With the assistance of Trump’s budget plans, this further validates the path the USA is ready to take to actively tackle problems around the globe: the path of violence.

With recent reports stating that China is ready to boost its military cooperations with Pakistan and Trump’s decision to improve the American military, this might encourage other parts of the world to boost military spending in order to reduce the state of vulnerability when faced with times of uncertainty. I think it’s about time to stop dreaming about a non-violence driven world for now.

Adding to budget decisions, Trump has made a rebellious move by ceasing to spend on UN’s climate change programmes. The budget also proposes to zero out funds for the Global Climate Change Initiative. USA, a country that is expected to top the contributions chart regarding climate change, will absolutely have no sort of role to play to prevent the potential catastrophes. Well, this was expected.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would face a reduction of 2.5 billion dollars, resulting in a loss of thousands of jobs. Also, the EPA’s objective to keep drinking water clean might be crippled to a very large extent due to this decrement. NASA has faced a minor cut that might affect its proposed missions. Education, Healthcare, programs for the development of the poor have all been subjected to a reduction in funds. Man, you’ve got to appreciate Trump’s balls to devise a plan to screw an entire country at once.

Trump’s nature could be the sole explanation for these decisions. I like to think that Trump is highly single-minded with his economic and political decisions and does not analyse the underlying effects of his proposals. In other words, he isn’t an economist. What he repeatedly fails to understand is that there are various variables in economics that are highly dependent. This budget is just another result of his unadaptable thought process. However, his voters get to go home with what they wanted; an appreciation in military spending, but they are completely blinded from the life they could potentially lead under the activation of Trump’s budget.

The kind of America Trump is trying to paint for the rest of the world should be more than clear now. This proposed budget gives plenty of room for the general public to contemplate on an America that might be on the verge of self-destruction and even worse, more damaging to the global status than ever before. With sensitive countries such as North Korea and China closely watching, military spending could possibly lead to unwanted tensions and might force other developing countries to respond to this unfavourably. Reduction in climate change funds might not be hyped as of now, but upon experiences of adverse symptoms, there will be no turning back. All we can do now is hope that this budget doesn’t pass.


Trump’s silence

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Srinivas Kuchibothla was just a techie who wanted to sit back, relax, and enjoy his beer at a Kansas bar accompanied by his friend, Alok Madasani. Srinivas would have never thought that he was then going to get shot by a US Navy Veteran and Alok never thought that he would have to get injured and watch his friend die. Srinivas’s parents would have never thought they would have to go through watching their son’s dead body and his wife would have never thought he would leave her a world without him. The American hero (Ian Grillot) who tried to save Alok and Srinivas would have never thought he would end up hospitalised. All this pain and the ‘president’of the United States of America remains silent as the grave.

A Trump supporter would argue that the president can’t address every single homicide of the country. Totally a valid point, but this homicide is completely different. The murderer told Srinivas to “get out of the country” before killing him, confirming his racist intentions. Hence, it is the president’s job to reassure the country and the rest of the globe with respect to the current political climate that the government’s agenda is only to correct the jobs imbalance between the immigrants and the Americans and not to promote white supremacy. However, recent events have totally opposed the government’s supposed agenda, all thanks to the deductions made from Trump’s silence.

Even if the immigrant’s death did not lure Trump to offer his condolences, the American who tried to save Srinivas and Alok should have got the president’s attention for his display of strong diversity. Failing to do so further validates that the president roots for absolute white supremacy – he fails to address the dead immigrant and the white American who tried to save him, suggesting that Trump is not so attracted to the unity of people from various cultures. Simply put, he doesn’t give a shit about what happens to non-whites.

As time passes and Trump refuses to speak out, we receive further amplification of his ignorance and evil motives.

If we were to expand this scenario broadly and rhetorically and link it with the current economic and political status, the Navy Officer (the shooter) would be Trump, Srinivas would be the current immigrant community, Alok would be the US economy and Ian Grillot could potentially be the Trump supporters waking up to their senses. The US economy would be grieving the loss of a large number of immigrants due to the policies that are about to be undertaken and only the effective attempt of opposition by Trump supporters to this could probably lead to a good ending, even though the brave Ian Grillot couldn’t save the day.

Only Karma knows what’s going to happen next. Will she decide to do something fruitful or will the impractical and disrespectful Trump grab her by the pu***?