By Aubrey Manahan, intern for the Global Progressive Hub.
This morning Donald Trump released his budget plan and it is as bad as we feared – $54 billion more for war, while slashing life-saving programs here and around the world. With Trump’s disastrous plan making headlines, now is the time to stand up for what we know is right.
We are living in turbulent times. Under the Trump Administration, we are seeing a rise in fear and anger because of the terrifying push to undermine women’s rights, human rights and now humanitarian aid globally. His budget proposal will leave millions of people vulnerable to famine and without access to basic healthcare, food, and shelter, all under the guise of increasing America’s security. It’s dangerous, counterproductive, and downright wrong.
In the weeks ahead, members of Congress will be weighing how to respond to the Trump budget. Everyone in Congress reads their hometown paper to get a sense of how their constituents feel about issues, and that’s why we need to send a flood of letters to the editor making clear that we reject Donald Trump’s starvation and insecurity budget!
My grandfather once shared a story with me of his childhood when the Philippines was occupied during WWII. He was one of the youngest children in his family and every day, they had to scavenge for food to try to survive. If they were lucky, they might have some rice to eat. If they weren’t, he told me how he would search by the side of the road for some vegetables to eat because there was simply no money for food. He and his family lived in constant fear of the war and the atrocities they witnessed.
My family was lucky: they survived. If Trump’s budget becomes law, countless others won’t. Millions of people around the world are now threatened by famine, with children under five the majority of those starving to death. Conflicts and drought – often fueled by climate change – have devastated regions across the world.
We cannot stand by while our government tries to justify increasing the Pentagon’s bloated budget by cutting humanitarian programs that give life-saving support to those in need. Trump’s budget proposal flies in the face of everything we stand for. Pouring money into the overstuffed pockets of the Pentagon is not the answer, especially when we sacrifice the environment, public health and our commitment to helping those in need to do so.
Now is the time to let people know that the lives of our brothers and sisters, at home and around the world, take priority over an unneeded and dangerous spending binge at the Pentagon. It is time for us to get our priorities straight. Please take the time to submit a letter to the editor today!