Pres. Donald Trump’s first budget proposal calls for a $54 billion increase in defense spending and harsh cuts across the board for programs that help the poor or fund scientific research and the arts.
The budget proposal, nauseatingly called “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” would subject almost every department to stark budget cuts, but significantly increase spending for three — Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs.
The impact of the cuts on, well, all the rest, basically, would be devastating.
There are too many terrifying budget cuts in this proposal to even list, but let’s try:
- Over 20% cuts at the Agriculture, Labor and State departments
- A near-30% budget cut at the Environmental Protection Agency
- A near-20% cut at the National Institutes of Health, which has been dubbed “the world’s engine for biomedical research”
- Close to $200 million in cuts to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), a program that helps low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children with their basic nutritional needs. LITERALLY, POOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN.
The Washington Post has a handy list of 19 agencies that would be completely eliminated if this budget were to pass. Spoiler: It includes programs that fund the arts, education, public broadcasting, and international cooperation with America’s allies.
According to a different Washington Post report, Trump wants to “eliminate a number of other programs, particularly those that serve low-income Americans and minorities,” including “the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which disburses more than $3 billion annually to help heat homes in the winter,” and he wants to abolish “the Community Development Block Grant program, which provides roughly $3 billion for targeted projects related to affordable housing … and homelessness programs.”
Wait, there’s more of this evil nonsense:
The budget was stuffed with other cuts and reductions. It calls for privatizing the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control function, cutting all funding for long-distance Amtrak train services and eliminating EPA funding for the restoration of Chesapeake Bay. Job training programs would also be cut, pushing more responsibility for this onto the states and employers.
TL;DR: Mexico border wall and F-35s > poor women and children, the environment, clean water, medical research to help eliminate diseases, the homeless, the arts, education, diplomacy, affordable housing, Meals on Wheels, etc.