Though Congress managed to pass a spending bill that would keep the government funded through September, it’s really important to note that President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would have killed people. Why? Because it would have killed people, duh. We can never forget that Trump’s intentions aren’t taking care of the people who put him in office. His intentions are geared towards big business and his own ego. Trump comes first. Period. That’s why we must never stop resisting.
Delving into Trump’s proposed budget was like falling down a rabbit hole into the very pits of misery and despair. It left you with a growing sense of hopelessness that no amount of Prozac could ever efficiently treat. 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 condemn your current populace and future generations with the slowing of medical research breakthroughs — and that’s just what Trump plans to do.
Part of Trump’s budget revealed he 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 for the future. Instead, 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, however. The budget could arrive to Congress dead on arrival. The passing of the 21st Century Cures Act was achieved with a bipartisan effort.
‘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. If any Republican allows such a cut to be made, they not only spit in the face of Americans nationwide, but also in the face of their own colleague (and, I’m sure, friend). It’s plausible, especially considering Republicans failed to unify and pass the repeal and replace of Obamacare.
The fact that Trump would move to make such cuts to such vital areas of science is beyond alarming. It’s also an insult to 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, his logic was horribly flawed. No doubt similar flawed logic was used to determine that cancer research and cancer cures were 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. But what did we expect though from such an oblivious mouthful of camel spit?
Check out Sen. McConnell’s (R-Ky.) move to rename the 21st Century Cares Act after Biden’s son Beau below, via YouTube:
Featured Image via Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla.