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Stephen Colbert isn’t impressed by the grandiose title affixed to Trump’s first federal budget, “A New Foundation For American Greatness,” and notes that the president and his budget director Mick Mulvaney are “building that new foundation for American greatness on the ground-up bones of poor people.”

Among the many cuts that violate decency are huge reductions in SNAP, the food stamp program, and CHIP, the children’s health insurance program created by the late Senator Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, back in 1997 when she was first lady. (It has saved millions of children’s lives since then.)

“I know this is an unpopular position these days,” Colbert confesses, “but I believe children should go to the doctor and eat. Where do I find the courage?” He also points out the irony that seems to have occurred to everyone but the #MAGA crowd, namely that this budget “is particularly cruel to one minority group: Trump’s voters.”

And he’s worried by the ruinous spending cuts slated for the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control: “Whenever that thing inside Steve Bannon bursts out and goes airborne, we won’t be prepared for it.”

It’s funny, if you take your humor very dark.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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