“President Trump is expected to release a $4.8 trillion budget Monday that charts a path for a potential second term, proposing steep reductions in social-safety-net programs and foreign aid and higher outlays for defense and veterans.
He’s coming for ya, Possum Hollar! He’s asking Congress for billions of dollars in cuts to non-defense spending, despite a two-year budget deal he already negotiated with lawmakers, and he is also seeking another $2 billion for the Tortilla Curtain.
“The plan would increase military spending 0.3%, to $740.5 billion for fiscal year 2021, which begins Oct. 1, according to a senior administration official. The proposal would lower nondefense spending by 5%, to $590 billion, below the level Congress and the president agreed to in a two-year budget deal last summer.”
…which sounds very small if you do not look at what is being cut and by how much, which Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie) actually did:
“…the administration is seeking an 8 percent cut to USDA’s budget over current funding levels. Trump’s plan would cut the Commerce Department by 37 percent, the Education Department by 8 percent, the Energy Department by 8 percent, the Department of Housing and Urban Development by 15 percent, and the Department of Health and Human Services by 9 percent.
“The administration is also seeking a 13 percent cut to the Interior Department, a 2 percent cut to the Justice Department, an 11 percent cut to the Labor Department, a nearly 21 percent cut to the State Department and a 13 percent cut to the Department of Transportation. The EPA’s budget would see a nearly 27 percent chop, the Army Corps of Engineers would see a 22 percent reduction and the Small Business Administration would see an 11 percent decrease.”
In the olden days, when the gubmint was not a toy of an orange plutocrat, the department heads would be screaming, but as most of these appointees were put in place to sabotage from within, so far I’ve not seen a peep. I mean, Education Secretary Betsy Devos (R-Theocracy) goal is the complete shut down of public education to put more child-flesh in the loving hands of Priests and other assorted snake-handlers, praise Jeebus.
“As with his previous budget proposals, Trump is once again seeking deep and unrealistic cuts to most federal agency budgets, according to the budget summary tables. The cuts are unlikely to be embraced by Congress.
That’s an understatement. Can you imagine Nancy Pelosi going on with any of this, let alone in an election year?