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Rather: Trump Budget 'Cruel and Unusual,' 'People Will Die'

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By    |   Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 04:00 PM

Veteran broadcaster Dan Rather predicts "people will die" because of President Donald Trump's federal budget proposal.

"'Cruel and unusual,' the phrase rings in my head as I read the press reports of President Donald Trump's proposed budget," Rather wrote in a Facebook post.

"But to even talk about it as a budget is to miss the point. It is not a budget. It is a philosophy, and one that may come as a surprise to many of the people who voted for Mr. Trump. They will hurt in real ways. Meanwhile, it confirms the worst existential fears of those who see his presidency as a threat to the very being of the United States they know and love."

The White House budget would most affect the Departments of State, Agriculture, and Labor, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, according to The Washington Post.

"This is about putting a noose around much of the United States federal government and hanging it until it shakes with life no more," Rather wrote. "In the name of reining in waste, it rains pain and suffering amongst the Americans who already are the most vulnerable. It must be remarked that many of these programs are really small budget items in the greater scheme of things, rounding errors in the federal budget. The purpose is to send a message, not to save money.

"Rather than investing in what truly will make America great, this philosophy pounds its chest with false bravado. People will die because of this budget. People will suffer. Diseases will spread, and cures will not be found (really? slash science research?) Our nation will be darker and more dangerous."

Rather ends with a plea, for both Americans and people around the world, to reject Trump.

"Mr. Trump's philosophy is an opening salvo in a battle for the soul of America that is only beginning," he concludes. "This will be a battle fought trench by trench. But I think it is winnable and America will reconfirm a governing philosophy that is hopeful, compassionate, and wise about the role of government in making our world a safer, fairer, and more just place to live."

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