Cain slaying Abel

Peter Paul Rubens-Cain slaying Abel

"Am I my brother's keeper?" Mankind has been asking this question since the beginning. In other words, am I accountable for my brother's or sister's well-being? Should I look after him or her to make sure he or she is doing fine?

In the Bible, the first person who asked this question was a man who had just killed his brother (Gen. 4:9). After Cain had slain Abel out of envy, God asked him about his brother; the murderer arrogantly replied it was not his job to watch over Abel. Maybe Cain was not his brother's keeper, but did he have to be his brother's killer?

Today, we have the same choice Cain had, either to look after our brother or to harm him someway, somehow. It's not necessary to slay somebody like Cain did to murder him or her; there are different ways to kill. Some of the worst "killers" are indifference, contempt for the poor and disregard for the most vulnerable.

When we claim not to be our brother's keepers, when we are indifferent to people, when we don't care about what could happen to them, we're losing something very precious: our humanity. And when we lose our humanity, human life means nothing to us. When we don't care whether people live or die, we are just one step away from being Cain. President Donald Trump takes away things from people who need them the most. He's an expert at defunding programs dedicated to disadvantaged people. His fiscal 2020 proposal unveiled last March, called for reductions in funding for Medicare and Medicaid relative to current law. Over a decade, the plan would shave an estimated $800 billion or more off Medicare, which covers older Americans, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, CNBC and various reports. It would also cut spending on Medicaid – the federal-state program that insures low-income Americans – by more than $200 billion while

etting up block grants to states.

Medicare and Medicaid are not the only targets of Mr. Trump; he also wants to cut Social Security. The 2020 budget also continues an attack on Social Security, including a program that assists those who have disabilities that prevent them from being in the workforce. In all, the cuts to Social Security amount to $25 billion over the next 10 years, cutting roughly $10 billion from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.

One could argue that President Trump made these cuts just to reduce government spending, not to harm people. But he does harm people. And while he's cutting funds, he's redirecting the money toward programs such as the Space Force, a whimsical project that is supposed to protect us from nonexistent intergalactic aliens. Besides, Trump spent $3 million (some other sources say $5.4 million) on his Salute to America Fourth of July celebration.

Lastly, the Trump administration shows its disdain toward the most vulnerable by its relentless assaults on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act better known as Obamacare. In 2010, President Barack Obama and Congress created this program in an attempt to give all Americans access to health insurance. More importantly, they wanted to lower the cost of health care. That would reduce the growing cost of Medicare and Medicaid.

Obamacare was created with the underprivileged in mind. But Trump hates these people. He's working hard to repeal it and leave millions of Americans without health insurance. It is reported that some of his die-hard supporters have lost their insurance.

While Trump is cutting spending, defunding Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Obamacare, it is noticeable that his budget proposals and tax cuts are meant to put more money in the pockets of wealthy people like himself.

I am sure that if God asked President Trump, "Where is your brother or your sister?" he would arrogantly answer, "My brothers and sisters are not poor immigrants from Latin and Central America, they are not the most vulnerable, not those who can't afford health care, not those on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. They are white, rich and powerful men like me."

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