On Thursday, the Trump administration released a preliminary 2018 budget proposal, which details many of the changes the president wants to make to the federal government’s spending. The proposal covers only discretionary, not mandatory, spending.
To pay for an increase in defense spending, a down payment on the border wall and school voucher programs, among other things, funding was cut from the discretionary budgets of other executive departments and agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department and the Agriculture Department took the hardest hits. The proposal also completely defunded 19 agencies.
As you can see many of the budgets under the knife are for agencies who work to keep us safe, like the EPA, State Department, and DHHS.
But other programs will suffer also.
Courtesy of CBS News:
Mr. Trump’s budget proposes the elimination of funding for the Community Development Block Grant program, which helps fund Meals on Wheels across the country, through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The budget says that it would save $3 billion. The White House argues that the program, which has been around since the mid-1970s, “is not well-targeted to the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results.” In addition to providing meals and services to vulnerable communities, the program says it works to ensure affordable housing and to create jobs for people.
Yeah, let's not feed the elderly and housebound. After all what use are they?
Courtesy of CNN:
If Congress supports Trump's proposal, it would cause "the collapse of the public media system itself and the end of this essential national service," Corporation for Public Broadcasting CEO Patricia Harrison said in a statement Thursday morning.
She emphasized that noncommercial stations offer educational shows for kids, historical documentaries, newscasts, and emergency alerts.
Well of course, who needs to waste money offering educational programming to children or warning people about emergencies?
Jimmy Kimmel mocked this budget cut on his program last night.
So on what exactly is Trump willing to spend taxpayer money?
Also courtesy of CNN:
President Donald Trump proposed a $54 billion increase in defense spending Thursday as promised, a plan that the White House says will provide the necessary funding to ramp up the fight against ISIS, improve troop readiness and build new ships and planes.
That's right let's ignore that we just had our entire democracy undermined by cyber attacks, and instead focus on building new ships and planes.
Guess what else he wants to spend your money on.
Courtesy of HuffPo:
One of the central themes of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was to not only build a border wall, but to make Mexico pay for it. The claim didn’t just become an applause line for Trump on the campaign trail, it was a call-and-response rallying cry.
But the Trump budget proposals revealed late Wednesday include $4.1 billion for the wall. Reuters reported that Trump was asking for $1.5 billion for the current fiscal year and another $2.6 billion for the 2018 budget year, which begins Oct. 1.
The money will come from U.S. taxpayers and not Mexico, which has made it clear that it’s not paying for the wall.
The former president of Mexico was quick to jump on this:
Yeah, you really cannot blame him for that tweet. After all he has been saying that Trump is full of shit even before the election..@realDonaldTrump budget makes it official: AMERICANS is Paying For The #FuckingWall, Not Mexico. https://t.co/jbjpPGJBCJ— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) March 16, 2017
Not only does this budget proposal gut programs that help the neediest of Americans, and put the safety of ALL Americans at risk, it also wastes our money on antiquated and unnecessary military equipment, and on a wall that any undocumented immigrant worth their salt could scale in a matter of seconds.
I can only imagine how pleased the Russians must be with his budget.