|OpEdNews Op Eds H2’ed 2/11/20||
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Donald Trump lies like most people breathe.
On Saturday, he tweeted that “we will not be touching your Social Security and Medicare in the Fiscal 2021 Budget.” Barely two days later, he released a budget that cuts $850 billion from Medicare and $30 billion from Social Security.
Trump also promised to completely eliminate the federal debt. Instead, the debt has risen by 16 percent during his tenure, and his massive tax cut for the wealthy and corporations added a hefty $1.8 trillion to the federal deficit.
And who could forget when he repeatedly promised to “Drain the Swamp” on the campaign trail? This has turned out to be yet another broken promise.
Trump has packed his administration with former lobbyists and corporate executives.
He installed a former Boeing executive to run the Defense Department (then replaced that Boeing executive with a former Raytheon lobbyist); a former pharmaceutical lobbyist to run the Department of Health and Human Services; a former coal lobbyist to run the Environmental Protection Agency, and a former oil lobbyist to run the Department of the Interior.
In total, nearly 300 lobbyists now work in the Trump administration, many in key positions overseeing the industries they used to lobby for.
Meanwhile, Trump is personally profiting from the presidency as he caters to his billionaire donors at the expense of the American people.
Just days after his tax bill became law, he told his wealthy friends at Mar-a-Lago, “You all just got a lot richer.”
Our new video dives into all the ways Donald Trump has made the swamp even swampier.
In order to truly stop the corruption of our democracy, we have to fix what’s broken. We must get big money out of politics, end the flow of lobbyists in and out of government, and strengthen ethics laws.
The swamp was there before Trump got to Washington. One of the first tasks of the next president must be to drain the swamp and make sure our government works for the people, not corporations and special interests.
Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, has a new film, “Inequality for All,” to be released September 27. He blogs at http://www.robertreich.org.
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