Not since the austere domestic agendas of President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s has any president proposed as severe a domestic budget as Reagan did – not until now that is. President Trump, using Reagan budgets as blueprints, has just released his own Robin Hood in reverse budget – taking from the poor to further line the pockets of his wealthy peers.
“The budget would cut the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent, the State Department by 28 percent and Health and Human Services by 17.9 percent. Funding to several smaller government agencies that have long been targets of conservatives – like the Legal Services Corporation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts – would be axed entirely,” according to a front page article in “The New York Times” today, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Money saved from these programs would be used to build Lying Trump’s unjustifiable wall against Mexico
“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will not stand for President Trump’s foolish and short-sighted budget proposal which will make America less healthy, safe and economically secure. Cutting Meals on Wheels, heating assistance for low-income families and essential economic stimulus programs that rural states like Maine rely on in order to build a $1.5 billion wall with Mexico shows how out of touch President Trump is with the needs of real Americans. From our families who rely on LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) to our cities and towns that rely on the Economic Development Administration and the Community Development Block Grants to bring job creation to Maine, this budget would leave Mainers and Maine communities behind.
For those of us who know the impact these domestic cuts will have on these communities we serve, President Trump’s budge proposal is dead on arrival,” Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D) wrote in a press release issued today.
Congresswoman Pingree went on to object to President Trump’s proposed 29% budget cut from the 2016 budget of USDA – which supports rural Maine – a constituency that President Trump purports to support.