March 16, 2017

A few alternatives to Trump's Republicide budget

Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post - The agencies Trump proposes eliminating completely represent a small fraction of the $54 billion in savings he needs to offset defense increases. For instance, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting gets about $485 million per year, most of which is distributed to local television and radio stations. With $54 billion, you could fund the CPB at its 2016 level for the next 121 years.

If “All Things Considered” is not your thing, $54 billion would fund the Legal Services Corporation for 140 years. The corporation, which helps low-income Americans get legal assistance, distributes grants that support over 9,000 full-time legal staff around the country. Under Trump’s budget, federal funding for that program will be eliminated.

Trump also wants to eliminate federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund the defense spending hike. Conversely, he could take that money and fund both agencies — at their 2016 levels — for the next 183 years.

There are lots of teeny, tiny agencies on the chopping block too. One of them is the United States Institute of Peace, a federal think tank working in the realm of international conflict resolution...

Instead of spending $54 billion on the military, Trump could continue to fund that commitment to peace for 1,543 years. Instead, he’s eliminating the entirety of the Institute’s $35 million annual budget.

Or what about the Chemical Safety Board? For $11 million a year, the CSB investigates chemical accidents at federal facilities and issues safety recommendations. $54 billion would fund the Board for 4,909 years. But in Trump’s budget, the agency faces losing all federal funding.

The smallest office on the chopping block is the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, whose 21 employees coordinate the federal response to homelessness for the low, low sum of about $4 million a year. (Incidentally that's just a little bit more than the price to taxpayers of a single Trump trip to Mar-a-Lago. He’s spent five weekends there so far this year.)

About $54 billion would fund the Council’s operations for 13,500 years. Instead, under the Trump budget, it’s set to be funded for exactly zero.

1 comment:

greg gerritt said...

President Toxic Dump is criminally insane