Donald Trump, in a fit of pique over not being able to scuttle Obamacare, just arbitrarily cut $7 billion dollars in Medicaid funding by executive order, causing insurance companies to have to raise rates to make up the deficit, and passing these spending cuts onto ratepayers and businesses.
At the same time Trump is asking for an increased defense spending budget of $700 billion dollars to “update” our nuclear weapons and capabilities.
One nuclear missile from one Trident submarine is capable of carrying as many as 14 110-kiloton warheads. Each warhead capable of destroying eight Hiroshima-sized cities. We have 14 nuclear submarines capable of carrying 16 of these missiles each. The math says just our submarine forces can destroy 25,088 cities the size of Hiroshima. (Wikipedia sourced info.) This does not take into account air defenses and land-launched missile capabilities. And we spend more than the next 14 nations combined on defense already. If we cut only 1 percent of the nuclear defense budget we could cover the cuts in Medicaid. (And a 2 percent cut could mean a 10 percent savings in insurance cost for Americans across the board!)
So, where are our priorities?
Robert Van den Akker