Trump’s “Hard Power” Budget Outline Includes Big Cuts to State, EPA, UN


President Trump released an outline Thursday for his fiscal 2018 budget which increases defense spending and cuts funding for the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department. This is his second budget outline. The budget aims at putting America First, it’s a peoples’ budget, not a special interest/politician’s budget.

This is an outline of discretionary spending and the actual budget is expected in May.

Duplicate and underperforming programs are cut.

The budget cuts 28 percent out of the State Department funding and 31 percent from the EPA.

The EPA is getting money to start up the Yucca mountain nuclear waste repository and initiate a robust interim storage program.

The cut in State will include a 38% reduction in foreign aid spending.

Across the board, there are cuts or a redistribution of funds to reflect the new priority of America First.

The UN will be cut, cut, cut:

  • The budget eliminates the Global Climate Change Initiative and fulfills the President’s pledge to cease payments to the United Nations’ (UN) climate change programs by eliminating U.S. funding related to the Green Climate Fund and its two precursor Climate Investment Funds.
  • It also reduces funding to the UN and affliated agencies, including UN peacekeeping and other inter- national organizations, by setting the expectation that these organizations rein in costs and that the funding burden be shared more fairly among members. The amount the U.S. would contribute to the UN budget would be reduced and the U.S. would not contribute more than 25 percent for UN peacekeeping costs.

The UN has been the demon purveyor of exaggerated climate science and it’s peacekeeping forces are known to be corrupt. The cuts to the UN are reported to amount to 50%.

Don’t you just love it?

The budget increases Defense Department spending by $54 billion without increasing the deficit and it increases funding to address violent crime and reduces opioid abuse and homeland security.

Scott Pruitt, the EPA administrator, asked for $7 billion in funding but was cut another $5.7 billion.

HUD is also cut. He wants to get rid of the programs that don’t work. Hopefully, Dr. Carson the new director will start with the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.

It might not get through. Big Government Graham warned last month that a 37 percent cut to State was DOA. He won’t like 31% either.

It helps to know for certain who the big government Republicans are.

The budget comes in at $1.1 trillion of a total $4 trillion budget overall.

The NY Times reported that  cuts will include decades-old food programs for poor countries [known for corruption] and the complete elimination of the Department of Transportation’s Essential Air Service program, which reportedly subsidizes flight to rural airports in the country [some of them are useless like the one installed for just one now-deceased congressman].

It cuts funding to the Federal land confiscation department.

The Times reported that the cuts will likely affect Amtrak [a popular loser if ever there was one], public education, NIH [that’s actually a great organization], and it will reportedly phase out federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting [too much propaganda to be public].

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, told Fox News that the plan does not balance the budget, but it also does not add to the deficit.

Mulvaney said the budget will include $1.5 billion for the border wall, as a starting point.

The “skinny” budget is being called “emaciated” and “cutting into bone”.

Oh sure.

On his website, Trump promised to cut the Department of Education, the EPA, the USDA, IRS, HHS.

The Department of Ed gets a 13% decrease over 2017 annualized CR level. Two of the cuts:

  • Eliminates the $2.4 billion Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program, which is poorly targeted and spread thinly across thousands of districts with scant evidence of impact.
  • Eliminates the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which supports before- and after-school programs as well as summer programs, resulting in savings of $1.2 billion from the 2017 annualized CR level. The programs lacks strong evidence of meeting its objectives, such as improving student achievement.

His cuts to education put education back into the hands of the states and locales while also eliminating a few left-wing duplicate programs.

The regulatory freeze and cuts to regulations is prominent in the outline.

Trump calls it “hard power”.

Other cuts to leftist funding sources:

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.

Anything titled Woodrow Wilson, the leftist bigot, needs to go.

Most departments that are cut involve small decreases. The VA was increased a little more than 6%.


h/t MC

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