Trump is proposing hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid. He’s also calling for at least $2 billion more in new spending on a wall that won’t work, isn’t needed, and is a substitute for his flaccid policies and failures.
Cutting government, or “draining the swamp” has been the Republican battlecry since Reagan’s 1980 campaign. GOP voters see a path to lower taxes, less regulation, more freedom. And though it worked for Trump in 2016, Trump now appears to have not only broken his promise, he’s actually the one holding the hose. He cut corporate taxes, increased the deficit, and broke his promise about cuts to Medicare.
And then there’s the wall. Trump’s grand gesture to protect Americans from a perceived threat to white, blue-collar Americans, turns out to be pure sophistry. It is a distraction from the failures of his populist rhetoric.
Trump’s attack on Medicare and his systematic dis-assembling of the Affordable Care Act has resulted in hospitals going bankrupt and has left many red-state voters wondering how they can afford coverage. The economic numbers have been massaged in such a way as to create the illusion of prosperity, but millions of Americans still can’t afford housing, are in seemingly insurmountable debt and could lose everything should they become ill. Instead of creating a government that can react to the needs of it’s people, Trump has conned his base into believing a narrative that threatens their lives.
The Corona Virus is a metaphor for Trump’s failures; it crosses walls, oceans and borders, targeting the very promises Trump has made to his base. Trump’s wall is not the cure. It is the disease.