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Screw the poor—One border wall coming up

Felicia Persaud | 3/23/2017, 1:10 p.m.
Growing up in the Caribbean, it was not uncommon for me to hear elders say, “If you can’t hear you ...
Felicia Persaud

Growing up in the Caribbean, it was not uncommon for me to hear elders say, “If you can’t hear you will feel” or “Hard ears you won’t hear; hard ears you must feel.”

This sentiment is exactly what the elders would express to those who voted for Donald Trump, especially after the new White House budget proposal that screws the poor in all available spaces.

Those too dumb to listen or too blinded by race and too “hard ears” to believe that Trump was nothing but a con-in-chief will surely feel it now.

The Trump budget targets his own base as it darkly and meanly slices away help on virtually all fronts for the many poor across this country, including in rural America.

The Donald has thought nothing of cutting the food programs aiding senior shut-ins or of cutting affordable housing programs and programs that help many weatherize their homes.

He has thought nothing of cutting job-training programs along with programs that help pay home heating oil bills for the poor.

And that legal aid lawyer? Well get ready to kiss that option goodbye if Trump gets his way.

But never mind that, one border wall to keep the immigrants out is coming right up!

A $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program that’s been in existence since 1974 and provides cities with money to fund Meals on Wheels, the national nonprofit that delivers food to homebound seniors, is being cut.

But some $1.5 billion has been boldly set aside to build Trump’s signature border wall on the southern U.S. border. Work on that monstrosity could start this year. Trump has even set aside a further $2.6 billion in fiscal 2018 for his wall and his enforcement attempts to round up and keep out the immigrants, never mind that the Coast Guard needs money to keep drug smugglers from entering our waters.

The full cost of this Trump Wall will of course be many, many times more, meaning even more cuts from necessary worthwhile programs for poor Americans.

Make America Great Again? I think not!

No longer is Trump and company singing that ole’ ragtime rhyme about getting Mexico to fund the wall. Now it looks like the Great Big Wall will be funded literally on the backs of American tax payers, especially the poor and ignorant, whose ears were too hard to listen and who gave their votes to the con-in-chief.

Now they will have to literally pay for it by giving up much needed social services.

And so far, many U.S. companies—more than 600—are lining up to submit ideas to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on how to build the Great Wall and cash in on your tax dollars.

But don’t worry Trump voters! Those immigrants you wanted to keep out will be kept out while you starve and struggle, suffer with no health care, watch that dream of owning a home slip further and further into oblivion and have no legal resource if you can’t pay for your own lawyer.

“Screw you all poor Americans,” is what Donald Trump is saying. “One border wall is coming right up!”

The writer is CMO at Hard Beat Communications, Inc. which owns the brands NewsAmericasNow, CaribPRWire and InvestCaribbeanNow.