I’m wholly unconvinced that this is not a satirical presidency, so this really seems fitting.
Apparently, the White House (and by “White House” I mean whoever is responsible for putting these lists together) used a satire column in a list of columns that was meant to add some heft in promoting the newly revealed Trump budget.
I can’t stress this enough, folks –
YOU HAVE TO READ PAST THE TITLE!
In this case, the title of the piece from the “1600 Daily,” as featured in the Washington Post was, “Trump’s Budget Makes Perfect Sense and I Will Tell You Why.”
Sounds positive, but the humorist who wrote the piece, Alexandra Petri, was anything but complimentary.
“Some people are complaining that the budget proffered by the Trump administration, despite its wonderful, macho-sounding name, is too vague and makes all sorts of cuts to needed programs in favor of increasing military spending by leaps and bounds,” she wrote Thursday. “These people are wimps.”
“America has been soft and weak for too long,” Petri added. “BUT HOW WILL I SURVIVE ON THIS BUDGET? you may be wondering. I AM A HUMAN CHILD, NOT A COSTLY FIGHTER JET. You may not survive, but that is because you are SOFT and WEAK, something this budget is designed to eliminate.”
So the usual liberal tripe of using children as a battering ram.
“Affordable housing is a luxury and we are going to get rid of it,” she said. “Donald Trump does not live in affordable housing and neither should you.”
Ok, that was kind of funny.
“AMERICA WILL BE STRONGER THAN IT HAS EVER BEEN! Anyone who survives will be a gun covered in the fur of a rare mammal, capable of fighting disease with a single muscular flex.”
You get the picture. This isn’t anything anyone should take seriously, yet, the White House missed that.
The budget blueprint put out by the White House proposes deep cuts in social programs, including the Meals on Wheels program, which delivers meals to the elderly and other shut-ins in communities around the nation.
(I actually had some thoughts on that issue, and I opined over at my other gig, The Resurgent, if you want to check it out.)
The budget also increases defense spending by about $54 billion.
Of course, Congress has the power of the purse, so they get the final say on the budget. However this shakes out may very well depend on how the public responds and who Congress fears more – their constituents or Trump’s Twitter account.