Neil DeGrasse Tyson Shuts Down Trump’s Budget Plan With Magnificent Tweetstorm

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Neil deGrasse Tyson, world famous astrophysicist, cosmologist, and author, has spoken out often about the disaster that is the Trump presidency. When Trump’s proposed budget was released to the public showing massive cuts to science, education, climate change, art, and health programs and research, the scientist took to Twitter to express his disapproval.

Ripping on Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, Neil deGrasse Tyson gave his take on what really could make the country great.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is certainly not the first to criticize Trump’s extreme budget cuts, but he’s certainly one of the most qualified to speak on the repercussions of those cuts.

Trump’s cuts to the National Institute of Health have many people concerned about the vital research performed there. For instance, cancer research is compromised in frightening ways when any interruptions in its daily work occurs.

According to the online journal of science, Nature:

‘Fear over potential spending cuts has been pervasive at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute, according to a scientist contractor there. That is especially true among researchers who work on epidemiological studies that require continued funding to collect data without interruption over many years.’

The National Institute of Health (NIH) is especially affected by the proposed budget, as “The Trump budget would cut funding for the NIH by 18%, to $25.9 billion, making it one of the hardest-hit research agencies.” Combined with Paul Ryan’s new healthcare plan, the American Healthcare Act (ACHA), which is projected to leave 24 million people without coverage according to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) report, the future of health and healthcare in America will become drastically tenuous.

While Trump’s proposed budget does create funding for the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the NIH, for addressing emergencies such as the Zika virus, Keith Martin, the director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, says that this is misguided.

‘It’s cheaper to prevent a public health crisis than to treat one after the fact.’

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s tweets have earned millions of retweets on Twitter, proving that the American public is concerned and frustrated with a president who seems to care more about the bottom line than the health and futures of the American public.

Is Trump listening?

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