Republicans are chomping at the bit to start cutting programs they deem unnecessary to the government. This translates into any program designed to help the ‘moochers’ they revile so much. Republicans make no secret that they hate poor people and minorities who ‘game’ the system to drive their Rolls Royces in San Tropez. Trump will be adopting right-wing “think tank” and Koch front The Heritage Foundation’s “Skinny Budget.” Many who voted for him are about to discover that the collateral damage from Trump’s budget is piling up and the lube is running dry. His official budget is not expected until about mid-April, but we have the blueprint he plans to build it on.
The budget is supposed to cut 10.5 trillion over the next ten years. It will also destroy much of what has helped improve our country. Programs to police it better, fight violence against women, and even build up our struggling communities by creating new employment and retraining workers whose jobs no longer exist. Trump’s administration and the GOP would rather cut programs that actually improves or enriches the culture of our country than spend our tax dollars to help Americans.
According to The Hill:
The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.
Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.
Here are the programs and agencies that we know, so far, are on the chopping block:
We advocate and promote minority-owned business with elected officials, policy makers, and business leaders. Serving as subject matter experts and advocates for the minority business community, we conduct high quality research and cultivate domestic and international relationships.
As the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) plays a critical role in fostering regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation. Through strategic investments that foster job creation and attract private investment, EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States.
The International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements. ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad. ITA supports President Obama’s recovery agenda and the National Export Initiative to sustain economic growth and support American jobs.
Our mission is to enhance the productivity and technological performance of U.S. manufacturing. We are a national network and the only public–private partnership dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers.
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (privatized):
CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. CPB is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting and the largest single source of funding for public radio, television, and related online and mobile services. CPB’s mission is to ensure universal access to non-commercial, high-quality content and telecommunications services. It does so by distributing more than 70% of its funding to nearly 1,500 locally owned public radio and television stations.
Department of Justice programs and funding:
Reduced funding for Civil Rights, Environment, and Natural Resources divisions
Department of Energy programs and funding:
Drop funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels
Office of Fossil Energy (focus: reduce carbon dioxide emissions)
State Department programs and funding:
Cut funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Many of the above are job-creation and training related. Others extend the arts, humanities, better policing, legal services, education and protection to those who can not afford to include them in their lives, unlike the one-percenters that will be running our nation. Once again, the losers here will be the little guy, the planet, and democracy.
We have all heard, by now, the false equivalency that wanting the President to fail is like wanting a pilot who is flying your plane to fail — no one wins, they say, in a plane crash. However, when you know that Pilot’s definition of success is actually crashing the plane after they and the rest of the first class put on parachutes and jump out — you absolutely want that pilot to fail. You want him to fail at his definition of success. Because failure at that point is actually a success for everyone, even the first class passengers who don’t get a fun parachute ride but will survive anyway.
We must assure that the Trump administration never, ever, succeeds at its goals when they are not good for the American people. And, looking at this list, it is not good for the American people.