Though I’m not with the author on the schadenfreude, this is on the whole one of the best things I’ve seen so far on Pr*sident Trump’s budget proposal. Lots of informative links.
Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget will cut funding for programs that predominantly helps older Americans such as the anti-hunger program Meals on Wheels. Older (white) voters were key to Trump’s presidential victory.
The president’s proposed 2018 budget will severely harm rural communities. For example, while Trump was lying about helping coal miners and bringing back that dying industry, “his proposed budget will slash funds for the Appalachian Regional Commission, a federal-state agency founded in 1965 to promote economic development and infrastructure in some of the poorest parts of the United States,”as The New York Times has reported. These rural voters in red-state America were among Trump’s strongest supporters…
In total, Trump’s 2018 budget proposes hundreds of billions of dollars in cutbacks. As part of that plan, Trump and the Republican Party will take monies from the poor and other vulnerable populations and give them to the rich, the already bloated military and big corporations. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised his supporters he would “drain the swamp,” which was understood to mean driving lobbyists and special interests out of Washington. Instead, he is overflowing those fetid waters with financial payoffs for Wall Street and other gangster capitalists at the expense of the American people.
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From Mac Hall: Have any of the Minnesota Republicans in Congress stated their observations ?
Don’t be surprised if they don’t object to Veterans spending too much — Trump’s 2018 Budget requests $78.9 billion in discretionary funding for VA, a $4.4 billion or 6 percent increase from the 2017 enacted level — but it should be noted that Obama didn’t get what he asked for ($75.2 billion but got close).
There are some cuts that have no effect on Minnesota — like spending that benefits Alaska (i.e. the Denali Commission, which coordinates state-federal infrastructure project) or regions, such as, Appalachian Regional Commission, a federal-state partnership focused on economic development in a region encompassing all of West Virginia and parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
There are some national cuts that might impact Minnesota and thus putting Jason Lewis in the spotlight. Lewis sits on the Budget and Transportation Committees … and one of the programs being eliminated is Essential Air Service for smaller airports (last I heard, Bemidji, Brainerd, International Fall, Hibbing and Thief River Falls had EAS service). Yep, there is some taxpayer cost but a big portion of the bill is funded from overflight fees paid to FAA by foreign aircraft that transit U.S. airspace without landing in or taking off from the United States.
Another one is the Great Lakes Lakes Restoration Initiative which is targeted to be defunded — Great so we are building a wall on the Mexican border while the Asian Carp takeover our waters. Smart thinking Trump.
Hopefully, all cuts are reviewed … and not just the high-profile programs like Meals-On-Wheels.
Yet, remember this is Trump’s Budget REQUEST … it is up to the House GOP lead by Emmer, Lewis and Paulsen that will really decide this.