Friday, March 24, 2017

THE GOP and YOU & ME (Not so perfect together!)

Just what does the GOP stand for?
Well we know what they're against!

The list below shows the trump desired and GOP approved and backed budget changes by agency along with services they will affect.  The numbers in parentheses show the percentage trump wants taken away from these agencies.

You may agree with some and not with others but overall they point to a complete lack of compassion for and understanding of the needs of the citizens of this country!

I give you the trump 2018 budget:

Arts & Cultural Agencies (-100%)
This handles Public Broadcasting & The Arts
Eliminates all funding for:
          The National Endowment for the Arts;
The National Endowment for the Humanities
The Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports public television and radio and PBS and NPR
(Big Bird gets killed by Big Turd!)

Environmental Protection Agency (-31%)
           They handle our Environment and such frivolous things as Clean Air & Potable Water as well as infrastructure work.

     Eliminates more than 50 programs and 3,200 job
     Discontinues funding for:
International climate-change programs
The Office of Research and Development in half
The Superfund cleanup program
The Office of Enforcement and Compliance

State Department (-29%)
             This one controls the safety of our Overseas Ambassadors (Cuts like they did before Benghazi!)
Reduces funding for:
U.N. peacekeeping
Development banks such as the World Bank
Most cultural-exchange programs
But keeps the Fulbright Program
And eliminates climate-change prevention programs, including pledged payments to U.N. climate-change programs

Agriculture Department (-21%)
            This department handles Food Safety & Animal rights

           Cuts to Women, Infants and Children nutrition assistance
           Eliminates McGovern-Dole International Food for Education program and the Water and Wastewater loan and grant program
           Staff reductions at USDA service center agencies around the country

Labor Department (-21%)
          This group is concerned with Worker’s Rights and Women's Rights and Civil Rights etc.

Eliminates Senior Community Service Employment Program (Aids low-income seniors find work)
Closes poor-performing centers for Job Corps (Job-training program for disadvantaged youth)
Eliminates grants to nonprofit groups and public agencies to pay for safety and health training
Expands efforts to reduce improper payments made to people receiving unemployment benefits.

Department of Health and Human Services (-18%)
            HHS is concerned with Poor People, People in Need, TANF (Temp Assistance for Needy Families) Public Health, Drug Safety, Availability of Safe Food, Local Healthcare Providers, Planned Parenthood, Paying for anyone’s Healthcare, Reproductive Rights, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. You know, nothing important!

Decreases funding for:
          The National Institutes of Health
Certain programs to train health professionals
But increases funding for efforts to prevent and treat opioid addictions
Eliminates the Fogarty International Center (Partnerships between U.S. and foreign health research institutions (We don’t need outside help!)

Commerce Department (-16%)

           Cuts from coastal research programs that ready communities for rising seas and worsening storms (Because climate change is a Chinese hoax of course!)
Eliminates popular $73 million Sea Grant program, which operates in conjunction with universities in 33 states
Eliminates Economic Development Administration (gives grants in struggling communities)

Education Department (-14%)
          Clearly this group handles our Nation's Public Education and Science

          Cuts grants for teacher training
Cuts grants for after-school and summer programs
Cuts aid programs to first-generation and low-income students
"Significantly" reduces federal work-study aid to college students
Increases charter school funding by $168 million
Creates new private-school choice program with $250 million
           (They sure do love their uneducated voters!)

Department of Housing and Urban Development (-13%)

          Community Development Block Grant program
Eliminates the HOME Investment Partnerships Program
Eliminates the Choice Neighborhoods program
Eliminates the Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program
Eliminates funding for Section 4 Community Development and Affordable Housing
Raises funding for lead-hazard reduction from $110 million to $130 million

Transportation Department (-13%)

           Shifts air traffic control outside the government! (For profit always works!)
Eliminates funding for many new transit projects and support for long-distance Amtrak trains.
Eliminates $175 million in subsidies for commercial flights to rural airports.
Cuts $499 million from the TIGER grant program (Funds dozens of road, transit and other projects.)

Interior Department (-12%)

           Eliminates funding for the 49 National Heritage Areas
Decreases funding for land acquisition
Wildfire suppression funding is likely to see a marginal increase

Energy Department (-6%)

           Cuts $900 million from the Office of Science
Eliminates Energy Star
Eliminates Weatherization Assistance Program
Eliminates ARPA-E
Eliminates Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program
Eliminates Title 17 loan guarantees

Small Business Administration (-5%)

Eliminates PRIME technical-assistance grants
Eliminates Growth Accelerators
Eliminates Regional Innovation Clusters, saving about $12 million
Cuts $1 million of $46 million of loan guarantees currently available to small-business owners

Treasury Department (-4%)

Against Taxes on the rich
Reduces funding for the Internal Revenue Service by $239 million
Eliminates grants for Community Development Financial Institutions, which provide financial services in economically distressed neighborhoods

Justice Department (-4%)
            Interested in, among other things Voter’s rights & Gun Control

           Cuts funding to reimburse state and local governments for costs of incarcerating certain undocumented immigrants (We get em – You pay for em)
Cuts $1 billion for federal prison construction (Favors private for profit prisons)
Adds $249 million of funding for the FBI, largely aimed at counterterrorism, cyber threats, more timely firearms purchase background checks and more crime data
Adds $80 million to adjudicate immigrant removal proceedings and hire more attorneys (Clearly our top priority is getting rid of immigrants!)

NASA (-1%)
           Science and Exploration of Earth and the universe, Duh!
           Cuts $102 million of funding from Earth science, terminating four missions aimed at understanding climate-change
Eliminates the $115 million Office of Education
Cuts $88 million from the Robotic Refueling Mission (Develops techniques to repair satellites)

Other items completely eliminated from the budget:

·        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
·        U.S. Institute of Peace
·        U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
·        Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

And a couple of agencies would get more money to disperse as they see fit:

Defense Dept. (+9%)

Increases the size of the Army and Marine Corps
Increases the number of ships in the Navy's fleet
Buys F-35 Joint Strike Fighters more rapidly
Increases spending to keep Air Force combat planes ready to fly

Homeland Security (+7%)

Cuts $667 million from grant programs to state and local agencies, including pre-disaster mitigation grants and counterterrorism funding
Raises the TSA Passenger Security Fee passengers flying out of US airports

But one thing has not and never will change, they will fight to the death to protect the rights of a fetus until it is born!

So the bottom line is: