Former CBS anchor Dan Rather emulated a prophet of apocalyptic doom in a post on Facebook, warning that President Trump’s budget proposal will cause people to die.
Rather started by opining that Trump’s budget reflected a philosophy that would hurt Americans who voted for Trump. He then noted Trump had made promises during the presidential campaign, promises Rather termed as “leading the United States to greatness in such things as fighting disease.” Rather sniped, “If anyone had any doubt about the hollowness of his words, this philosophy is all the evidence one would need. This is a philosophy that doesn’t believe in helping the poor, rural or urban, or the power of diplomacy or the importance of science.”
If that weren’t hyperbolic enough, Rather ranted, “It is a philosophy that doesn’t want to protect the environment. It doesn’t believe in the arts. This is about putting a noose around much of the United States federal government and hanging it until it shakes with life no more.”
Then, the meat of Rather’s argument:
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?)
Ultimately, Rather decided to jettison his bitter jeremiad and trumpet his optimism to those who oppose Trump:
Mr. Trump’s philosophy is an opening salvo in a battle for the soul of America that is only beginning. 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.
“People will die because of this budget. People will suffer. Diseases will spread, and cures will not be found.”
“The role of government?“ Rather is simply deaf to the argument that Trump understands the role of government far better than he does, that a limited government and an expanded role for the private citizen is the true American way.