There are two budgets submitted
- Official White House [WH]- President Trump’s Amendment – This one is pitiful. At least we know that someone in the current Administration knows how to use Excel.
- Government Printing Office [GPO] – America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again
Seven Things Stand Out
1) Trump’s 1st and 2nd Executive Order for a Muslim Travel Ban has been challenged in court. So within his submitted budget border security is mentioned 22 times . It seems that the Administration are ill informed that the budget request will circumvent courts by placing it into the budget.
2) “Executive Order” has been 7 times. Which means that the Trump Administration understands that without a law, without congress Executive Orders are up for debate. Trump is frustrated that being a boss is not the same as President.It seems that Trump doesn’t have faith in the individual merits of his Executive Orders and believes that he found a loophole buy inserting his orders into the budget. It won’t work.
- “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch” (once)
- “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.” (thrice)
- “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” (once)
There is a general mention of “implementation of Executive Orders” (twice)
3) “Includes additional resources for a wall on the southern border with Mexico” – Building the wall will not be paid by Mexico, it will be paid by United States taxpayers.
4) The Budget also proposes to eliminate funding for:
- African Development Foundation
- Appalachian Regional Commission
- Chemical Safety Board
- Corporation for National and Community Service
- Corporation for Public Broadcasting
- Delta Regional Authority
- Denali Commission
- Institute of Museum and Library Services
- Inter-American Foundation
- U.S. Trade and Development Agency
- Legal Services Corporation
- National Endowment for the Arts
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation
- Northern Border Regional Commission
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation
- United States Institute of Peace
- United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
- Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
5) Eliminates more than 50 Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] programs.
6) It reduces budget from about all agencies except for Homeland Security and Department of Defense.
7) The defunding and eliminating programs doesn’t save any money; the budget is still bloated due to military spending, border control and immigration orders.
Luckily Trump’s budget is only a proposal and Congress are able to take issue, especially if their constituents make their voices heard.
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