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Brooks: Trump’s Budget Investing In ‘Everything That’s About Threat and Fear’ and Disinvesting In ‘Compassion’ and ‘Thinking’

On Friday’s broadcast of “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks stated of President Trump’s budget proposal, “They’re investing in the military, in homeland security, everything that’s about threat and fear. And they are disinvesting in everything that has to do with compassion, with care, thinking, innovation.”

Brooks said, “I’m — was looking for the political philosophy that might be inherent in a budget. And some of them are just weird, even for Republicans, as Mark said, $6 million — $6 billion off the National Institutes of Health. That’s an investment in scientific advance and economic growth. And why would you do that? That doesn’t even seem particularly Republican. But, basically, what you’re doing, they’re investing in everything that is hard power. They’re investing in the military, in homeland security, everything that’s about threat and fear. And they are disinvesting in everything that has to do with compassion, with care, thinking, innovation. And it’s almost like emotionally consistent. It’s just hardness and toughness and fear. And everything else just has to go.”

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