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Programs funding the arts, public broadcasting, civil rights, legal services for the poor, violence against women, civil rights enforcement and police salaries are all set for elimination or deep cuts

By Miriam Raftery

January 19, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Donald Trump is preparing a budget that would “take an axe to government spending,” reports The Hill, an online news site specializing in capitol politics. The budget is based on plans from the conservative Heritage Foundation.  It includes deep cuts or outright elimination of many cherished American institutions, as well as safety nets for the poor and elderly.

Only the military is not slated for deep budget cuts, though some cuts in military healthcare are proposed.

On the campaign trail, Trump pledged that he would protect Medicare and Social Security. But Mother Jones reports Medicare would be slashed 41%, Medicaid 47%, and Social Security 8% initially, plus raising retirement age and further reducing benefits by cutting inflation adjustments and other means.

The blueprint used by Trump’s team also calls for eliminating many programs at the Department of Justice including Violence Against Women grants and Community Oriented Policing Services, a major funding source for local police officers’ salaries and equipment nationwide.   

Eliminating the Violence Against Women Grants “would come at the cost of women’s lives,” says Mariah Stidham Wineski, interim executive director at the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Marshall Project reports.

Funding would be reduced for enforcement of civil rights and for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources division.

It would also eliminate the Legal Services Corporation, a nonprofit funded by Congress to provide legal help to low-income people with civil (not criminal) problems ranging from assisting domestic violence victims to advising people in family custody, eviction and foreclosure cases.

Mother Jones reports cuts would include $5 billion in military health care, $28 billion in energy subsidies, $20 billion in funds for water and land conservation, $10 billion for jobs program under the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and $4 billion in the Federal Transit Administration—including complete elimination of the nation’s train service, AMTRAK. 

Amid growing concerns about Trump’s attacks on mainstream media outlets, his budget team also reportedly aims to silence public media and put it under corporate control, privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a public agency that runs the Public Broadcasting System (PBS, including the KPBS affiliate station in San Diego) and National Public Radio, or NPR.

The plan also calls for complete elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, which provide funding for arts groups ranging from theaters and symphonies to museums, historical projects, emerging artists and more. 

Russ Vought and John Gray, two members of Trump’s transition team working on cuts in the White House budget office, both formerly worked for the Heritage Foundation.

State Department programs slated to be eliminated include the Paris Climate Change Agreement and United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, much to the dismay of scientists and environmentalists.

The budget calls for cutting federal spending by $10.5 trillion over a decade.

Historically, presidents nearly always get their budgets approved when their party controls both houses of Congress.  Trump’s party, Republicans, currently have the majority in both the House and Senate, making it likely that many if not all of these extreme cuts could become law unless constituents who voted for the Republican majorities let their representatives know if they disapprove of specific cuts.

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Yeah ECM!

They forgot to mention that for Eight Years no one said anything that could be remotely construed as outrageous about President Obama! Right guys?!?!?

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I have to agree with you geejay. I was shocked when I read these anti Trump statements in our local paper. It is appalling to me that so many sore losers think it okay to make false accusations and to make up lies to discredit our new president and disrupt our American electoral process because, boo hoo, they didn't get their way. Thank goodness enough of the American people are sick and tired of the crooks running the show and are wise enough to see through the lies of the current admin and voted. Of course he is not perfect. But he does love this country and I believe he will give 100% to trying to make a better place for all citizens. He hasn't even taken office yet but the liberals are hell bent on destroying him even if we all go down with the ship. I am embarrassed that these sore losers are creating such a divide in our country. Contrary to what they accuse the conservatives of, it is they who are demonstrating incredible hatred. Grow up, get over it already and support your country.

I have always raved about your Mag to friends, but now I'm disgusted with your Liberal bias on this headline. Of course Trump plans to make cuts.....TO THE FRAUD, WASTE, AND ABUSE that's costing us BILLIONS. Here's the correct quote: "I'm going to save Social Security. You have tremendous waste, fraud and abuse. We have in Social Security thousands of people over 106 years old. You know they don't exist. There's tremendous waste, fraud and abuse, and we're going to get it. But we're not going to hurt the people who have been paying into Social Security their whole life and then all of a sudden they're supposed to get less. We're bringing jobs back." I double-dare you to print the truth.