Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

White House links to satirical column mocking Trump's budget

White House links to satirical column mocking Trump's budget

Friday's edition of the "1600 Daily" highlighted a Washington Post article by humorist Alexandra Petri with a deceptively positive title: "Trump's budget makes ideal sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why".

As a result, the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency will be among the departments experiencing cuts, if Trump gets his wish list in Congress.

The budget makes good on a series of promises Trump made on the campaign trail, including reductions in the EPA in an attempt to "shrink the role of government" in American's lives. While critics are alarmed, the blueprint has a saving grace, according to Mulvaney: "The president ran saying he would spend less money overseas and more money back home".

The Department of State, which includes the US Agency for International Development Foreign Aid, which is supposed to help National Security, would be cut by $10.6 billion, or 28 per cent. Lindsey Graham of SC, a Republican, vowed that proposed State Department cut in the diplomatic corps and foreign aid would be "dead on arrival".

"Money talks, and Trump's budget proposal screams that the only thing that matters in his America is corporate polluters' profits and Wall Street billionaires", said the Sierra Club's executive director Michael Brune. Congress faces an April 28 deadline to approve a budget for fiscal-year 2018, which begins October 1.

Includes eliminating funding for global climate-change programs. The Department of Education would lose 14 percent of their funds, while the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds PBS and NPR, would be completely eliminated.

A reporter asked, "Over a period of years?" "This budget slashes investments in programs that help Iowa's small towns and rural communities". Residents of Western states are not too keen on Trump's plan to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump.

Trump calls this a "skinny budget", but that's a generous description of a spending document that will still total roughly $4 trillion and is not likely to reduce by very much the anticipated $488 billion deficit.

The blueprint next goes to Congress.

Mulvaney also said Wednesday that the Department of Housing and Urban Development should expect cuts.

Predictably, Democrats denounced the proposed steep cuts to spending on domestic programs. There has been pushback from both parties, particularly regarding the proposed EPA cuts. (The question showed that, in a sense, every Beltway homeowner has an interest in keeping the government big.) Clearly Mulvaney had heard the real estate question before.

"I don't know yet", the director answered. "I work for the president of the United States", Mulvaney answered. Meanwhile, the president has to represent the whole nation.

"Yes", he began. "I don't have a business card to give to you today, John, because, at the Office of Management and Budget, we have to pay for our own business cards".

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