Trump’s New Budget Will Slash Scientific Research, Medical Research, Arts Funding, And More...

Submitted by: fancylad 2 months ago in News & Politics

Trump presented his first budget and he's calling it "America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again." Honest question: Does every presidential national budget have grandiose names? This administration titles things like they're writing titles for summer blockbuster movies. Remember the GOP's "World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017?" Who's writing this copy?

But I digress...

In Trump's budget, money earmarked for government-funded scientific and medical research will get slashed as well as the elimination of federal support for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

The Washington Post really dug in and detailed these cuts to the dollar -- I recommend you spend a few minutes reading the article -- really interesting stuff if you jizz over numbers and metrics like me. 

The chart below gives you a good overview though -- more money to defense, less money to programs that would actually improve things in America's own backyard.

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Cut the state department to hobble your ability to negotiate with other nations, cut foreign aid so you don't have as much soft power projection, increase the military but pull them back in isolationism... I'm not getting how he thinks the economy is going to work well with no negotiators and no power projections.
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Male 163
I feel sad for people as trump/Paul Ryan cuts into entitlements(mainly his healthcare reform).I don't think Paul Ryan has any clue what it is like to be an average american. Those people in many cases  worked so hard to get to retire. Retirements is a struggle as-is....... considering the fact that social security hasn't increased much since the 80's. You work your whole life breaking your body down and when you finally get to stop they pull the rug out from under you. Make America Great Again!
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Male 4,072
theman01 

Most of the entitlements sold to the public were just false promises anyway. It really doesn't matter who's in power Democrats or Republicans, American's entitlements are going to be gutted one way or another. It's not a nice thought, but it's the truth. According to the CBO even before Trumps budget:

  1.  Social Security’s combined trust funds will be exhausted by 2030. 
  2. The federal deficit will rise to $601 billion by 2019
  3. After 2026, all incoming revenue will be consumed by mandatory spending obligations.
  4. After 2037, every single penny of incoming revenue will be consumed by just three things: Social Security, major health programs, and interest on the debt.
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Male 6,632
richanddead Those numbers don't lie

However we COULD solve these problems.  If you removed the limit on Social Security contributions, or switched to a UBI model they may in fact be sustainable.  There's a lot of knobs one could turn.  It's just all the GOP has done is take the Knobs off the doors and hope nothing bad happens.
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Male 4,072
normalfreak2 That's not true at all, Democrats blocked Republicans "lock box" proposals in the 90's. Then ironically the very next year they applauded the very same proposals they were previously denouncing when Al Gore ran on them in the presidential election. 
Bush also tried to reform social security in 2005 and got slammed by the media for it. Then when Democrats took control of both houses a few months later they refused to even consider any proposal for reform.
When Paul Ryan proposed reforming medicare, Democrats put out the infamous "push granny over the cliff" ad.
Even when Obama tried reform with the Bowles-Simpson commission, he got bashed by the media and even fellow Democrats like Nacy Polosi who called it "simply unacceptable." Some other Democrats like Reps. John Larson and Emanuel Cleaver, told the president they would support the proposal, but then stabbed him in the back when it came time.

I'm not saying Republicans haven't blocked their own fair share reform proposals as well, even when they were drafted by fellow republicans. Both sides do it and that's pretty easy to show. The issue of entitlement reform is seen as political suicide to bring up and always has been. But I have to say, for someone who constantly denounces the "party over country" mindset, you seem to be looking through some pretty thick partisan sunglasses there, my friend.
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Male 6,632
richanddead No you are right both sides do not want to touch entitlements.  
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Male 1,488
Not sure whom to blame more..

1) Democrats for running an extremely unpopular person for president, even tho running for POTUS is literally just a huge popularity contest.

2) the people who voted for Mr. Tiny hands..  It's one thing to mess up and vote for this guy, but to keep pretending it was a good idea is looking pretty damn silly at this point.


I mean a 9% increase to defense spending, when we already outspend ever other nation by a large margin.. When you see increases to defense spending, it doesn't mean higher quality of life for our troops, it means the military-industrial powerhouse just takes more of our money away.
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Male 4,395
In order to help pay for the raise of income level on admissions to Medicaid, the ACA has a provision built in to help find fraud and waste in Medicare. That kind of scrutiny needs to be done on all federal programs - starting with the military. Trumps stupid wall needs to be scrapped as well. We were promised we wouldn't have to pay for it so we shouldn't. There are bridges in the US that as so dilapidated they could fall down any day. Those should take priority. Trump isn't saying America first. He is saying rich people first. If he is truly about America first he needs to attempt to make everyones lives better. 
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Male 136
markust123 Problem is though that the bureaucracy built in to recoup losses in Medicare becomes a bloated federal program. I work in home health care. We just got a notice that the Medicare oversight company (that makes money solely by auditing and forcing paybacks) now has its own oversight company!

Problem is the Medicare system is broken.

With private insurance, the patient asks for nursing care, the insurance MD's review the case and give out care based on need. You can appeal if you don't like the outcome.

With Medicare, you fill out a form and tell the government how much care will be provided.

Later, they may or may not (they don't 99% of the time) review the patient chart and demand repayment if the health agency did anything wrong (repayments for waste are usually a paperwork issue not related to care).

And you wonder why fraud would be rampant...
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Male 4,395
Sure there is government waste that needs to be found and cut. But you can't do that across the board. Some programs are scraping by and have to do major contortion tricks to stretch their budget. Where is the pushback from the Moral Majority? This budget proposal is un-Christ like.
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Male 5,179
markust123 I can think of 17 billion the Government can save right now. NO FUCKING WASTE ON A WALL
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Male 5,179
Is it me or does Trump look more like a Dictator than a President in the Post's lead in picture?
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Male 5,179
Sen Wolf wants to stop the renal care program that provides affordable medications and services to 1000s of kidney care patients across PA. Which means that non -driving rural patients will have to pay up to $50 dollars each way to make appointments opposed to the 3 to 5 dollars they pay now and medications will cost 1000s of times more than they do now. For example  like paying 3000 dollars per dose of a blood product. Soon Americans won't be able to afford to live in America anymore. The Only ones getting any benefit from ANY of these  policies and regulations are the super rich. This Trump and Republican insanity must stop!
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Male 5,179
I just heard that Spicer said the new budget cuts majorly programs like meals on wheels, head start and shine. Programs that directly help the American public by feeding the elderly and underprivileged kids providing education aids to the needy ect to fund his pipe dream of a wall
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Male 1,998
"Trump’s proposed budget will eliminate funding to museums, libraries, and artists"

Seriously?!? Museums and Libraries?  Let's keep the voters stupid and like sheep.

http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/16/14948108/trump-nea-neh-budget-cuts-proposal-arts-funding-effects
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Male 1,786
kalron27 we dont need libraries and mueseams and art we have twitter and facebook. and iphone apps and emojis itsnt that all we need?
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Male 1,998
"It would also propose eliminating future federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting."

Bullshit!
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Male 163
kalron27 sad thing is they already get next to nothing.
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Male 3,396
Seems like what he campaigned on. I take it you're sorry you voted for him?
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Male 20,131
trimble Bullshit and you know it.

One of Trump's big campaign promises was, "I'm gonna make Mexico pay for that wall and it'll make America great again!"

Cut to today: "I want $1.5 billion in the current fiscal year of 2017 to start developing the design and locations for the the wall. 

Then, in 2018, I want another $2.6 billion to continue the job. Oh, and I'm going to need more money later for Border Patrol and immigration-enforcement agents."

Trump supporters got snowed, and some of them are waking up from their "Make America Great Again" hangover. Everyone else who knew Mexico wasn't going to pay saw this coming a mile away.
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Male 3,396
fancylad I was really responding to the military spending and cuts kalron was referring to, who knows where "The Wall" will end up. One way or the other they will keep stealing the taxes, just line different pockets.
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Male 1,998
trimble Honest question.  How does cutting funding from Education, Housing, Transportation, Interior, Small Business, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Ag and Labor "Make America Great Again"?
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Male 3,396
kalron27 Honest answer, I have no idea.
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Male 1,998
trimble I like that answer :)
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Male 5,179
kalron27 It makes Americans stupid, uneducated, poor, hungry,  and homeless Just like most of his base supporters
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Male 20,131
thezigrat Right where the 1% wants us.
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Male 3,396

Ooh, the 1%. I know, lets occupy Wall Street.
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Male 5,179
trimble Lets occupy the sidewalks and parking lots and grass around Slump Tower
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Male 1,998
All increases in Military, are we gearing up to go to war?  If so with who?
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Male 3,396
kalron27 I would think you guys are hoping it's with Russia, you seem to hate them lately.
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Male 1,998
trimble Yeah, that means I get to live my dream of being Charlie Sheen in Red Dawn!

But seriously, I don't want to go to war with anyone personally.  Besides I like Russia, especially their Vodka!
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Male 1,448
kalron27 I also love Russian Vodka.
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Male 20,131
kalron27 Great movie.
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Male 5,179
kalron27 We will declare With everybody and we will tell no one
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Male 20,131
His cuts are to offset his Florida weekends, his wife's Trump Tower security, and the California-Mexico wall.

Those things add up.
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Male 5,179
fancylad I think his wall is meant more to keep Americans in rather than Mexicans out
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Male 61
There's only one Trump, our great golden one, And his missles mean freedom for everyone, We're all very scared, and Alternatively aware, it's a New World behind the wall.

(It's a New World behind the wall x 2)

The missles came screaming through the sky, Now they fall most every night, My families long dead, But now in their stead, an angry orange Eagle Flies

(Chorus X2)

My friend was trans, brown and Dem. I still don't know what became of them, The Pence Patrol went Trump-Team-Go and Freedomded all over them.

(Chorus x 2)


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Male 2,460
Seeing as we're 20 trillion in the fucking hole just what the hell CAN we cut?  And remember, for better or worse we are the police for the americas and western europe.  
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Male 1,448
dromed Since you asked...

Military spending. If he wants to be protectionist, then we just need defensive measures, not offensive ones.

Healthcare spending. Quite possibly the largest chunk of change, if legislators can get off their a$$ and forcibly curb rising healthcare costs through legislation, that could cut a large chunk from the budget. What ever happened to Trump' promise to force drug companies to lower their prices?

Social Security. Raise the retirement age, and revamp unemployment benefits. That should be a bipartisan issue.

Agriculture. We already produce way more than we can ever eat, and since Trump is cutting foreign aid, it's not like we're going to need to send that food overseas. Trump did this. Yay!!! This is the one part of his budget I agree with.
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Male 6,632
dromed I don't think I'd state ONLY those two areas.  We have bases and troops in Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine, etc.  I don't believe these are considered "Western Europe".
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Male 6,632
I don't understand the Military budget.  We aren't in war time, I don't understand the war time spending.  Something has to give.  You can't cut taxes and increase spending.  That combination won't work.

Oh well good thing Trump doesn't write the budget but then again we have to see Paul Ryan's budget equally as scary.l
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Male 3,396
normalfreak2 It doesn't matter which party is in charge, the Military Industrial Complex is going nowhere. Been that way a while now. (The US government just might be run by someone other than you think).
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Male 1,448
normalfreak2 I'm OK with the cuts if he cut everywhere. But he cuts things like regulation (which makes people safe), environmentalism (which keeps plants, animals and the people who eat them or use them to make medicine alive), and so forth, and increases military spending, construction on a WALL instead of on badly needed infrastructure, and on private schools.

We'll see what happens if Congress approves this.
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Male 1,998
bliznik ^ and This
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Male 20,131
normalfreak2 We aren't in war time.

Oh, I'm sure that'll change within the year.
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Male 1,998
fancylad ^ This
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Male 285
normalfreak2 Yes, the amount that the US spends on the military is staggering.
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