Trump Budget – Slashing the Safety Net

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What does Trump’s budget do to the social programs needed to protect people. Trump is bleeding us dry.

In order to pay for his $600 Billion dollar tax cuts for the rich, his useless border wall, the school voucher programs designed to destroy public schools, and unnecessary increases in the defense budget, Trump’s budget made cuts into just about every federal agency which actually helps and protects American citizens. He also completely eliminated many programs. The EPA is gutted, Arts and Cultural Agencies virtually eliminated, the Transportation Agency is hit hard and the State Department is grossly undermanned and its budget cut by a third.

After looking through this budget by Trump’s regime, it is clear to me that poor people, old people or the infirmed  mean Nothing to Trump’s administration. A deliberate attempt is being made to kill off and dumb down our people by deliberately ignoring their needs. Plus his budget makes a direct attack on culture in our country by  removing any source of joy that people still can enjoy. My daughter plays bass professionally. It is so wonderful to sit in a beautiful hall and listen to that gorgeous music. Small orchestras will not make it without Federal money. Even the biggest orchestras in our country are having a difficult time and that is a travesty. Visiting museums are a great day out for the family, usually for free. The kids really enjoy the Natural History museums that we have in many big cities around the country. Children delight in climbing on dinosaur replicas, digging in the dirt for fossils, seeing the giant shark that once roamed our oceans. I have seen the shark in the National History Museum in D.C. It is quite amazing. The attacks on our Public School Systems frighten me terribly. It is easy to see where they are going with the charter school/voucher business of DeVoss. She has made millions from failing charter schools in Michigan.

Trumps budget kills protection from invaders, as in protection from the Zika virus. Why isn’t Trump’s administration protecting us from the cyberwar which we are currently fighting against Russia, China, North Korea, and which we are losing? I don’t see anything in the defense budget about building cyber bombs. Why is he intent on hurting our college kids by taking away federal work study programs? Does he want them paying for school debt making them indentured servants for their entire lives? I would guess the answer to that question is a resounding yes.

His budget eliminates the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which helps low-income seniors find work. It seems to me that it is counterproductive to remove programs which help people to take care of themselves. Isn’t that what the republicans keep complaining about? That’s all they keep saying. They should listen to the old adage: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

Here is a list of the different Departments and Agencies receiving cuts. The numbers in this article are a little different from other sources, but not significantly.

The following information and more detail can be found at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-budget-benefits-cuts/?utm_term=.fe05d108a67b

 

Agriculture Department  -21%

Eliminates the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education program

Eliminates the Water and Wastewater loan and grant program No Clean water

Staff reductions at USDA

Cuts Women, Infants and Children nutrition assistance.  Still against Women and now children.

Commerce Department -16%

Cuts coastal research programs that ready communities for rising seas and worsening storms

Eliminates the Sea Grant program which is a popular program and works with universities in 33 states

Eliminates the Economic Development Administration, which gives out grants in struggling communities

Cuts federal funding to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Hit to Manufacturing?

Defense Department   +9%

Increases the size of the Army and Marine Corps

Increases the number of ships in the Navy’s fleet

Plans to increase the rate that F-35 Joint Strike Fighters are purchased

Plans to keep Air Force combat planes ready to fly, increase in funding

Education Department   -14% The end of Public Schools

Huge cuts to grants for teacher training, after-school and summer programs, and aid programs to first-generation and low-income students

Huge reduction in federal work-study aid to college students – Lets keep them in servitude.

Increases charter school funding

Creates new private-school choice program

Gives $1 billion to encourage districts to allow federal dollars meant for low-income students to follow those students to the public school of their choice

Energy Department  -6% No Science!

Deep Cuts to the Office of Science

Eliminates the Energy Star, Weatherization Assistance Program, ARPA-E, Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program, and Title 17 loan guarantees

Gives the Yucca Mountain project $120 million to restart licensing operations. The Yucca Mountain project is a plan to put nuclear waste in the Nevada Yucca Mountain. This was fought vigorously by Nevadans. For further Information see this article: https://www.cagw.org/media/wastewatcher/revive-yucca-mountain-project

Department of Health and Human Services -18%  Low  funding to train  

Decreases funding for the National Institutes of Health and certain programs to train health professionals

Increases funding for efforts to prevent and treat opioid addictions

National Institutes of Health (part of HHS)  -18%

Eliminates the Fogarty International Center, which builds partnerships between U.S. and foreign health research institutions.  We need programs like this to help coordinate efforts to combat illnesses around the world and in our country. https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/what-we-do/nih-almanac/fogarty-international-center-fic .

Department of Homeland Security  +7% Not very secure

Cuts from grant programs to state and local agencies, including pre-disaster mitigation grants and counter-terrorism funding

Increases the fee for people flying out of U.S. airports

Department of Veterans Affairs  +6%

Adds new funding to expand veteran’s healthcare services and to modernize VA’s benefit claims system

Department of Housing and Urban Development -13%

Eliminates the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, the Choice Neighborhoods program and the Self-help Home ownership Opportunity Program

Eliminates the funding for Section 4 Community Development and Affordable Housing

Raises funding for lead-hazard reduction

Interior Department -12%

Eliminates funding for the 49 National Heritage Areas

Reduces funding for federal land acquisition

Justice Department -4%

Cuts funding to reimburse state and local governments for costs of incarcerating certain undocumented immigrants – These are people whom the government arrests, but no longer want to pay for incarcerating.

Makes a huge funding cut for federal prison construction. Wants more private prisons.

Labor Department  -21% Cuts to programs to help and expands the 1 program that hurts people.

Eliminates the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which helps low-income seniors find work.

Closes poor-performing centers for Job Corps, a job-training program for disadvantaged youth

Eliminates grants that help nonprofit groups and public agencies pay for safety and health training

Expands efforts to reduce improper payments made to people receiving unemployment benefits

State Department, USAID and Treasury International Program  -33% No Climate Change!

Eliminates climate-change prevention programs, including payments already pledged to U.N. climate-change programs

Reduces funding for U.N. peacekeeping

Reduces funding for development banks such as the World Bank

Reduces most cultural-exchange programs, but keeps the Fulbright Program

Transportation Department -13%

Shifts air traffic control outside the government

Eliminates funding for many new transit projects and support for long-distance Amtrak trains

Eliminates subsidies for commercial flights to rural airports

Big cut to the TIGER grant program, which has funded dozens of road, transit and other projects

Treasury Department   -4%

Cuts to funding for the Internal Revenue Service

Eliminates grants for Community Development Financial Institutions, which provide financial services in economically distressed neighborhoods

Environmental Protection Agency – hammered -31% Don’t want clean water!

Eliminates more than 50 programs and 3,200 jobs including:

          Energy Star grants that help states and cities fight air pollution

          Eliminates the office that helps environmental justice and cleanup efforts in
the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay
.

          Eliminates the program to provide infrastructure assistance to Alaskan native
villages and  along the Mexican border.

         The agency’s scientific research cut to the bone        


NASA  -1% Climate change again

Cuts Earth science, terminating four missions aimed at understanding climate-change

Eliminates the Office of Education

Large cuts to the Robotic Refueling Mission, which develops techniques to repair satellites

Small Business Administration  -5%

Cuts loan guarantees currently available to small-business owners

Arts and cultural agencies  -87% Total Destruction – geared to close the 4 departments by FY2019

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports public television and radio, including PBS and NPR

 

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