Donald Trump wants to kill the anti-drug office, public broadcasting, the arts, and much more in order build up the military. When he hired spending hard-liner and small government king Mick Mulvaney to be his budget director, that was the beginning of the death throes.
Just last month, Trump had this to say:
‘A balanced budget is fine. But sometimes you have to fuel the well in order to really get the economy going. I want a balanced budget eventually. But I want to have a strong military.’
According to the New York Times, the president’s hit list is nine programs, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps, and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.
Basically, Trump is cutting the very programs that make our nation civilized. Why is this not a surprise? An uncivilized, poorly educated population would provide plenty of soldiers for 45’s mega-military.
Republicans have long wanted to ax these important programs, even though most of them have a pittance of a budget, under $500 million per year in a $4 trillion budget.
During his campaign, Trump spoke frequently about the country’s drug epidemic. Yet, he wants to knock out the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. He also campaigned to create jobs by spending on the American infrastructure, but his budget does not seem to include funding for that.
Perhaps, this cost-cutting plan is the reason Trump has left so many positions in various government agencies unfilled.
Where does 45 want to put the money? So far, he has committed to spend it on the military and the wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
Former staff director of the Senate Budget Committee and currently with the Bipartisan Policy Center Steve Bell told the New York Times:
‘It’s sad in a way because those programs aren’t causing the deficit. These programs don’t amount to a hill of beans.’
Former Republican speaker of the House Newt Gingrich attacked the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Supporters fought back using Kermit the Frog and Big Bird.
Have a little fun with this Kermit video:
— Kermit the Frog (@KermitTheFrog) February 6, 2017
Featured Image: Kermit’s Twitter Page.