Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Trump’s Budget Affecting Women

Trump’s Budget Affecting Women
By: Hunter Hext

The movement of Women’s Rights has been a hot topic dating all the way back to the mid 1800’s. Throughout the years women have gained many opportunities in the workforce from earning middle management positions to running for president. However, recent budgeting by the Trump Administration is hurting foundations supporting women. A form of gender-based budgeting found that the deepest cuts in the budget were in programs that spent more on women than on men. A few of the main ones were in Medicaid, housing assistance, and low-income energy assistance. The main reason that these three will be the big sores for women organizations is because typically women benefit from social safety net spending more than men. In fact, women receive roughly 70 percent of their total spending from Medicaid. This will lower the consumer spending because women won’t feel as though they can put their money into a foundation that’s getting cutted financially. In addition to Medicaid, the budget also plans on cutting food stamps where the majority of these funds are spent on women.

Trump’s cuts in the budget for women organizations could either hurt or help us from a foreign exchange standpoint. Many women organizations are not just international, but reach out globally, touching many countries that the United States trades with or helps out. The budget cuts could hurt from a health standpoint, in the sense that foreign aid is allocated for vaccines, health services, and HIV/AIDS treatments. If these things our cut out of the picture, it is likely that countries will view the United States negatively, possibly affecting the trade from smaller countries to the United States. 




On the contrary of implementing a budget deficit in regards to women, Trump is planning on performing a budget surplus in regards to men. The largest concern in Trump’s eyes is the unemployment insurance for men. Under Trump, the government spending is going to boost
to make up for the lost consumer spending.

Personally, I believe funding cuts for things such as reproductive health are doing much more than strictly improving women's health. In fact, it pauses the need to create the conditions that allow both women and girls to make positive decisions in their everyday live and also gives them more control over their futures. In cutting access to these foundations, female education is hindered and so is their ability to earn sustainable incomes and participate actively in society. Equal spending for females can potentially build the economic, political, and social aspects of our economy. After all, everyone is going to pay the same price for a bag of chips at the local Pic ‘N Save.

Works Cited

Bui, Quoctrung, and Susan Chira. “How Trump's Budget Affects Women.” How Trump's Budget Affects Women, The New York Times, 24 May 2017, www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/24/upshot/how-trumps-budget-affects-women.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FEconomics&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=17&pgtype=collection.

“This Is How Trump's Proposed Budget Cuts Will Hurt Women and Girls Around the World.”Global Citizen, www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/stop-the-cuts-to-womens-programs/.

9 comments:

  1. I believe that its scary that trump is planning on cutting federal aid to those programs. They aren't just for women because most of the people who are women on those programs are single mothers and they are trying to feed their family. Or they are trying to get help their medical bills. The problem is not just a women's problem but everyone's problem, Trump cutting federal spending is cutting spending on everyone.

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  2. I would think that Trump is definitely going to receive hate for cutting spending to these certain organizations. I understand that by doing this he is trying to help another group of people, but in the end the way he is doing this doesn’t seem adequate. Women have been trying to get equal rights for a long time and this is going to be a major setback for them and it’s truly for no reason. Lastly, for him to be going after Medicaid and other health organizations doesn’t make sense either. These are very important organizations we have, and cutting spending for them doesn’t seem like it would be in everyone’s best interest.

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  3. I think this is a horrible decision and Trump will regret doing it once he realizes what he's done and the amount of hate he will receive. For decades women have been trying to get the same rights as men, but things always alter the fact. However this is not just a women problem but everyones problem. All of those organizations benefit us as people and by Trump cutting them out, it will only hurt the economy.

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    1. Dear Mya,

      I agree with your response. This effort to cut prices may actually make the economy worse, because this strong stance may actually end up decreasing demand because of the strong stance it takes, which makes the economy worse off than it would've been before.

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  4. I agree that these new policy changes are negatively impacting women. Altogether, I believe that these changes will negatively impact the economy as a whole since the income of women will potentially decrease. The president needs to focus on more balance and equality between the genders. With this, the economy would most definitely move in a positive direction as you mentioned.

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    1. This is a very good point, it is unfair for Trump to make these cuts because it effects so many. Woman are trying to become equal in the economy but if these policies are continuing to push back their progress it will not only hurt them but the economy as a whole. I agree with your statement regarding the equality between genders because this could bring our economy together and move forward as a whole instead of setting woman back.

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  5. I didn't realize that Trump was making changes that were negatively impacting women so much. I think that these changes that he is making will greatly affect the economy and in a negative way. Women have continued to make progress becoming equals in the economy and society so with the changes that the president is making equality and more balance in the economy will be set back.

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  6. I was not aware of these decisions he has been making and it can really hurt the economy. However Trump has done a great job thus far with growing the nations economy and overall GDP so I feel as if there might be a more strategic reason behind this that could have a positive long term effect on the economy. I am not quite sure what he was trying to accomplish but anyone who things they have any good theory's comment below.

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  7. I think that it could be disastrous for the less fortunate in our society if Trump decides to go through with making these cuts to many of the social safety net programs that many individuals in our country depend on. I find it curious that these cuts might be affecting women more than men, and find it rather alarming that our own president does not view these programs (including health-related research and programs for HIV/AIDS, vaccines, etc.) in a vital light. If cutting needs to be made, I believe that it should definitely be made elsewhere.

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