The White House sent a $1.1 trillion budget proposal to Congress which makes good on the campaign promises of Donald Trump to slash big government spending.
His voters will be pleased to know the security of the nation is the top priority for his administration as the budget includes $54 billion for the military and the border wall.
The “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” boasts significant cuts to the over bloated Environmental Protection Agency which stands to lose $2.6 billion. Another area of waste conservatives have targeted with no real success in the past is the National Endowment for the Arts, the entity that helped bring us such riveting contemporary art pieces as “Piss Christ.” Now, the NEA faces complete elimination. In the same boat as the NEA is the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Wrap reports the following stats for those worried Big Bird is about to get cooked:
Defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is unlikely to cripple either PBS or NPR. NPR received less than 1 percent of its revenue from the CPB, and PBS less than 7 percent, according to data from 2014 reported in the Washington Post.
The CPB has relatively low overhead and paid out 99.3 percent of its $445 million appropriation in 2014 in grants, more than 90 percent of which went not to the national networks but to local affiliates in less populated cities like Lawton, Okla., and Texarkana, Tex.
But Democrats aren’t staying quiet, they still LOVE big government spending and oppose this budget.
"Once again the Trump administration is showing its true colors: talk like a populist but govern like a special interests zealot," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “The very programs that most help the middle class are those that get clobbered the hardest: investments in infrastructure, education, scientific research that leads to cures for diseases all take big hits."
During a Wednesday rally in Nashville, Tennessee, Trump roused the crowd telling them his budget “will shrink the bloated federal bureaucracy; and I mean bloated.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “We are determined to work with the administration to shrink the size of government, grow our economy, secure our borders, and ensure our troops have the tools necessary to complete their missions.”
And half of America said, it’s about time.