Perhaps some of the surprised faithful didn’t realize that when it comes to the flow of federal money, they’re on the receiving end. They might want to reconsider their sources of information.
Kentucky has become a favored dateline for many of President Donald Trump’s fervent critics. They collect evidence there of betrayal, such as the ABC News item featuring a coal-truck driver, “one of the Trump faithful,” attached to a breathing tube and weeping over his expected loss of coverage for deadly black-lung disease.
“Look what that mean man is doing to you,” the critics would seem to say.
But a more appropriate message would be, “Look at what you did to yourselves.” On that there’s no greater authority than Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney.
The president, Mulvaney said, “wrote a budget based upon his campaign promises … We took his words and turned them into numbers.”
Putting the onus back on Trump’s voters is not only more honest; it is less patronizing. Some undoubtedly approve of plans to defund economic development programs in Appalachia, the South and the Midwest. They see closing rural airports and slashing agriculture disaster funds as sensible. For these voters, the Trump budget delivered.
As for blue-collar whites who voted for Trump and are now having second thoughts, it’s not quite correct that they were “scammed,” as many Trump foes argue. Those who bought into his assurances — “I’m taking care of my people” — willingly ignored the piled-high evidence. This is a man who makes a sport of lying.
Most everyone was aware that Trump had gone bankrupt more than four times, cheated his creditors and stiffed his contractors. Those who had done business with him testified that his words mean zip.
Trump said he would repeal Obamacare a zillion times. And a zillion times he offered no ideas for a credible replacement.
Even as the rubber was hitting the road in the House…