FEATURING CHUCK COLLINS – Donald Trump has released his wish list for the US government budget – a preliminary vision for a stripped down set of services that is far too generous to the US military. The New Yorker described it as “Trump’s Voldemort Budget,” and summarized the cuts as followed:
“The blueprint calls for a cut of thirty-one per cent at the Environmental Protection Agency; twenty-nine per cent at the State Department; twenty-one per cent at the Agriculture Department and Labor Department; sixteen per cent at the Commerce Department; fourteen per cent at the Energy Department; and thirteen per cent at the Transportation Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.” The reporter, John Cassidy concluded, “Many of the budget cuts would be felt directly by the poor and needy.”
A total of 19 agencies would be entirely eliminated including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities.
Chuck Collins, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co- edits Inequality.org. His new book is Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.