It might sound like a lot of money, but $54 billion is a drop in the bucket in relation to the federal government’s $3.9 trillion budget. I suppose it’s a start though.
It certainly hasn’t stopped the Democrats from claiming the sky is falling, and that the Republicans are trying to eliminate the government completely. Here’s what Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had to say about it:
“This is all about a philosophical distrust of the role of the federal government…in meeting the needs of the American people. And should there be a debate? Should we subject all spending to the harshest scrutiny? We certainly should.
“And those of us who have advocated for some of it are the harshest critics, to make sure that those investments accomplish what they set out to do.
“So we don’t have any argument about saying ok, are we getting our money’s worth for what we need to do for the American people? But that’s not what this is about. This is systemic deconstruction of the federal government and its role.”
Trump’s ‘America First’ budget hardly ‘deconstructs’ the federal government. But it does at least call the federal government’s role into question. Here are some programs that will be eliminated completely by passing this budget:
“Consistent with the President’s approach to move the Nation toward fiscal responsibility, the Budget eliminates and reduces hundreds of programs and focuses funding to redefine the proper role of the Federal Government.
“The Budget also proposes to eliminate funding for other independent agencies, including: the African Development Foundation; the Appalachian Regional Commission; the Chemical Safety Board; the Corporation for National and Community Service; the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; the Delta Regional Authority; the Denali Commission; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the Inter-American Foundation; the U.S. Trade and Development Agency; the Legal Services Corporation; the National Endowment for the Arts; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation; the Northern Border Regional Commission; the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; the United States Institute of Peace; the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness; and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.”
Did you see anything in that list that is authorized by the Constitution as a legitimate function of the federal government?
While many of these programs will be eliminated, and agencies like the EPA and the State Department will face cuts, much of the revenue will be diverted to the Defense Department, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security, among others.
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