In this short article, the Economist cuts to the chaise. It argues that cuts to social programmes are unlikely to improve the health or employment prospects for struggling Americans.
Trump was elected on a Far-Right populist ticket. His support came from poorer, less educated, older whites, down on their luck. But the budget is harsh on poor Americans and those dependent on public healthcare.
The evidence is clear. The numbers don’t add up. What next?
Look to history, populist leaders look for scapegoats, to turn the public’s attention from the real issues. Let’s hope that Trump is not preparing America for war.