Delving into Trump’s proposed budget is like falling down a rabbit hole into the very pits of misery and despair. Some may think that’s overly dramatic; however, when you take away money to feed the hungry AND you take away vital funding to cancer research, you’re condemning your current populace and future generations with the slowing of research breakthroughs, and that’s what Trump plans to do.
Part of Trump’s budget would cut 18 percent from the National Institutes of Health. Eighteen percent may not sound like a lot; however, in real dollars that’s about $5.8 billion, and cancer research isn’t cheap. Researchers, to say the least, aren’t pleased.
The Washington Post reported:
‘Cancer researchers and advocacy groups are denouncing President Trump’s proposed budget, warning that its 19 percent cut for the National Institutes of Health could cripple or kill former vice president Joe Biden’s cancer “moonshot” initiative and other important biomedical efforts.’
Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative is funded by the 21st Century Cures Act, which was approved at the end of 2016. So, Trump is going ahead and undoing some of the most recent changes that have given hope to doctors and cancer patients nationwide, if not worldwide. The managing director of field communications at the American Cancer Society summed it up in a short tweet:
‘From cancer moonshot to crater in the stroke of a pen’
From cancer moonshot to crater in the stroke of a pen https://t.co/zx4aNpeD74
— Paul McGee (@pauljmcgee) March 16, 2017
One oncologist said to forget hope and worry about the now under this budget. George Demetri said:
‘Forget about the moonshot. What about everything on the ground? Fundamentally, this is so extreme that all I can think is that it’s pushing two orders of magnitude off the grid so that when people come back to less extreme positions it looks normal.’
There is actually an infinitesimal amount of hope though. The budget could arrive to Congress dead on arrival. The passing of the 21st Century Cures Act was achieved with a bipartisan effort. The Washington Post reported:
‘The recent increases in NIH funding have been a bipartisan effort, with strong support from Republicans, including Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt and Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran.’
Yes, bipartisan effort. Don’t believe us? In an emotional moment in the Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell moved to actually rename the 21st Century Cures Act AFTER former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Beau, who died from brain cancer in 2015. Check it out below.
The fact that Trump would move to make such cuts to such vital areas of science is beyond alarming. It’s also a slap in the face of every cancer survivor who did, or did not, vote for him. Yes, each Trump supporter… if you are a cancer survivor, you should be outraged. If it were not for the money that the government funds to cancer research, there’s a good possibility you wouldn’t be sitting here reading this article. When Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget chief said Meals on Wheels was an ineffective program, he must have been considering cancer research and cancer cures as ineffective also. He said specifically they would not spend money on programs that did not deliver promises made to people. Cancer research does more than deliver promises. It saves lives… lives that President Donald J. Trump is apparently trying to snuff out. What did we expect though from such an oblivious toilet full of orange pig slop?
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