On Wednesday, March 15, President DONALD TRUMP released his proposal for a federal budget!!!
It is ONLY a PROPOSAL, and will undergo countless shifts and revisions before it passes.
HOWEVER, courtesy of the really good folks at ESQUIRE Magazine, here are the CCG SADISTIC 7 of the TOP 9 MOST ABSURD PARTS Of President DONALD JOHN TRUMP'S 2017 FEDERAL BUDGET PROPOSAL:
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
The initiative provides $3 billion annually to help heat poor Americans' homes during the winter. This budget would do away with it entirely. After all, staying warm is just another form of entitlement. Freezing for freedom!
The Appalachian Regional Commission
One constituency that helped power Donald Trump to the presidency was the oft-forgotten people of Appalachia. The president has resolved to eliminate the Appalachian Regional Commission, which The Columbus Dispatch describes as "a federal-state-local partnership aimed at serving as a regional economic development agency.
Meals on Wheels
Trump's proposed budget completely eliminates the Community Development Block Grant, which provides $3 billion every year for, according to The Washington Post, "targeted projects related to affordable housing, community development and homelessness programs." Among those is the Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals—and vital human contact—for older, impoverished Americans, many of whom are largely home-bound. According to MOW, one in six American seniors struggles with hunger, and the organization claims it saves the nation about $34 billion a year in medical expenses by decreasing the rate of falls for seniors.
Education and After-School Programs
This budget would cut the Department of Education's budget by 13 percent, or $9 billion. That includes drastic cuts to Pell Grants and other programs designed to help poorer students afford college. It would also eliminate 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which provide after-school programs for children in disadvantaged areas.
It would, however, provide $250 million for a new "school choice" program, the kind championed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, creating $168 million in funding for charter schools. It also adds $1 billion to Title I, "a grant program that specifically targets schools serving disadvantaged students" according to HuffPost. That's intended to emphasize "portability," where funding can follow a student if he or she switches schools.
The National Endowment for the Arts
For the first time since the programs were created in 1965, a sitting president has called for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, along with public broadcasting outlets like PBS and National Public Radio. The two endowments have a combined budget of $300 million annually, which is functionally non-existent on a pie chart of the $1.1 trillion discretionary spending budget
The National Institutes of Health
The budget would see the NIH's budget cut by $5.8 billion, or a full 20 percent. The Atlanticdescribes the agency as "the world's engine of biomedical research," and adds it provides funding to over 300,000 scientists across the world—many of whom will see their work, and their livelihood, at risk. More than that, though, the NIH is a major source of funding for research into cures for chronic conditions like Alzheimer's and in coordinating international efforts to stop the spread of pandemic disease, like Ebola and Zika.
The budget requests $1.7 billion this year and an additional $2.6 billion in 2018 to begin construction of The Wall. But wait, I thought Mexico was paying for it? Maybe they'll make up the difference on what Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said could be a $15 billion total cost (others have gone up to $25 billion)—although that same McConnell said flatlythat our neighbors to the south are not going to pay for it at all.