Mick Mulvaney, Donald Trump’s budget director, recently made a truly remarkable and cynical statement. He claimed the draconian cuts in the president’s budget were “one of the most compassionate things we can do” for a single mother living in Detroit.
Really? Let’s look at what Trump’s “compassion” actually means for that mother, her two children and tens of millions of other working-class Americans.
If Trump’s budget becomes law, the after school programs that provide both enrichment and a safe space for Mick Mulvaney’s hypothetical mother’s children while she is still at work would be ended.The Trump budget eliminates the federally-funded afterschool program— the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program. “Compassion,” according to the Trump administration, would throw 1.1 million children into the streets or leave them home alone instead of in a safe environment for care and learning when the school day ends.
In the classroom, teachers would be less prepared because this “compassionate” budget eliminates funding for professional development and support for teachers in high-need schools.
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