President-elect Donald Trump has targeted the Department of Education (DOE), the Energy and Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, HHS and the IRS for major cutbacks. Trillions of dollars will be saved by chopping up all of these overgrown Progressive slush funds.
Government agencies take away freedom from the people and the larger they are, they more they exceed their original powers, write legislation, and deprive people of their rights using unelected and unaccountable pencil pushers. They become a shadow government.
The blue collar billionaire wants to grow the economy and bring back jobs. Cutting these agencies as he promised will be a grand first start and will provide funds for his tax cuts for the middle class and business.
1.Department of Education (ED) – annual budget $70 billion
The Department of Education (DOE) is facing extinction or at least a major trimming, and as an educator, that sounds good to me. The monstrous one-size-fits-all behemoth sends down unfunded mandates that often interfere with the educational process. The head of the DOE, the failed New York school chief, John King, is on a path to shove Common Core, leftist curricula, and school consolidation down all our proverbial throats.
Donald Trump promised he would return education to the people on the state and local levels.
“A lot of people believe the Department of Education should just be eliminated. Get rid of it. If we don’t eliminate it completely, we certainly need to cut its power and reach,” he wrote in his book “Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America.”
The agency was created in 1979 through the Department of Education Organization Act passed by Congress. The department’s main functions include administering federal assistance to schools and enforcing federal education laws. In recent years, the laws are far too imposing. The federal assistance is money from the people that filters through this immense, controlling apparatus of leftist pencil pushers with an agenda.
Trump could legally shutter it but since it began with an Act of Congress, he would need another one to end it. Reducing its size is part of his tax plan.
He needs to find $4.4 trillion to cover his planned tax cuts as delineated in his tax plan which details the cuts in an accompanying worksheet. The DOE is on the chopping block.
2.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – annual budget $8.5 billion
In the past, Trump has called for abolishing the Energy and Protection Agency (EPA), the agency that now has a large array of pencil pushers writing laws and calling them regulations.
Trump has recently backed off that and said he will refocus their mission away from heavy regulations. In a speech to the Shale Insight Conference in Pittsburgh, Trump made promises of removing regulations for domestic oil and natural gas production while at the same time promising environmental conservation.
“I will refocus the EPA on its core mission of ensuring clean air, and clean, safe drinking water for all Americans,” Trump said. “I believe firmly in conserving our wonderful natural resources and beautiful natural habitats. My environmental agenda will be guided by true specialists in conservation, not those with radical political agendas.”
A real blessing will be in the rules he plans to eliminate.
Trump again promised to repeal major EPA environmental regulations such as the Clean Power Plan, the Waters of the United States rule and Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which directed several Cabinet-level departments to start working on regulations to limit carbon pollution.
Trump also reiterated his plans to open up fossil fuel production on all federal lands, though the scope of that plan is not clear.
Citing a study from the Institute for Energy Research, Trump said drilling for oil and gas on all federal land could mean $20 trillion in economic activity over the next four decades. He will also open up the nation’s coasts to drilling.
“Our energy policy will make full use of our domestic energy sources, including traditional and renewable energy sources,” Trump said.
He said he would rescind the coal mining lease moratorium and eliminate the Interior Department’s stream rule, which he called “excessive.” He added that he would review all regulations from the Obama administration that he has deemed “anti-coal.” His tax plan calls for the elimination of all unnecessary coal regulations.
Trump added that he would fully develop the Marcellus and Utica shale formations that cover much of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky and New York, and parts of other Eastern Seaboard states. That is where there are large reserves of natural gas that can only be released by fracking.
“The development of the Marcellus and Utica shales will fundamentally change the economic landscape of this region and our country, bringing extraordinary new prosperity to millions,” Trump said, adding that this means “more jobs, higher wages, a larger tax base and dollars flowing into our country for a change.
3.U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – annual budget $155 billion
Then there is the FDA. He promised to target the “FDA food police” and eliminate food safety regulations in his new simplified tax plan. He plans to scale it back dramatically to save $1 trillion dollars over the next ten years.
SNAP is funded via the Farm Bill, a massive piece of legislative passed roughly every five years. Combining SNAP and the Farm Bill, which funds subsidies for both agriculture and food stamps, was concocted so it would be impossible to cut back on welfare. Constant increases go through because agriculture often requires the subsidies,though that is not the case with ethanol.
Donald Trump’s 2016 Republican platform calls for breaking the SNAP program away from the Farm Bill. It would mean SNAP and ethanol could stand alone. Bills should be stand-alone. When they aren’t, it conceals the bill’s expenditures from the public and it makes it harder to ever cut or pare down anything. Many bills should go back to standing on their own. If they can’t do that, then maybe they shouldn’t exist at all. The biggest problem comes in with the eternal divide between the two parties. They can’t come to agreements so whoever is running the government puts them with the opposition party’s bills to force passage.
Trump’s promise to increase fossil fuel production and scale back climate change mandates will affect the USDA which handles much of the Agenda 2030 morass of regulations and destructive economic mandates to our energy sector.
4.Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – annual budget $13.3 billion
Mr. Trump has proposed a moratorium on new federal regulations that are not compelled by Congress or public safety, and will ask agency and department heads to identify all needless job-killing regulations and they will be removed. If he follows through on this plan, and Americans are filling out one page forms, and the IRS is no longer in charge of targeting political opponents, this too will be facing a radical decrease in size.
5.Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – annual budget $892 billion
The repealing and replacing of Obamacare will slice away at the excessive costs and job-killing regulations the many bureaucrats have been writing day-in and day-out. No longer will some man or woman at a desk be able to concoct the plans to deprive the Little Sisters of the Poor of their rights or any religious company for that matter. Nor will they be able to make people buy insurance. Single men won’t have to pay for pregnancy care or birth control.
Donald Trump is moving ahead with plans to chop up some agencies, radically shrinking them in size, with others, he wants the waste and fraud looked at seriously.
Hasta la Vista, babies!