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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

'Taxpayer First' Sounds Greedy

The Trump administration and Republican-led Congress endeavor upon a budget plan called "Taxpayer First." It might as well be called "Me First." The spirit and theme are from the implication that American's can't afford the number of needy people that they now support. It means that the nation must accept impoverishment and that children and low-income families are destined to a sorry life. Too bad for them.

From the perspective of a responsible citizen and government, this approach is unacceptable.

As authored in How to Select an American President by James A. George and James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing, poverty in America should be illegal. The required outcome for government is to ensure that all citizens who are able to work have the basic support to apply themselves and to become sustainable. Those with families and who are unable to support them must have the gap filled by citizen taxpayers. The reason being is that people living in poverty are a greater burden than the cost of assisting them and getting into better shape through personal development. That is the cost of citizens living in a developed nation.

Republicans are dead wrong in whacking assistance and accepting impoverishment.

White House To Release 'Taxpayer First' Budget Plan, With Cuts To Safety Nets
May 22, 20179:01 PM ET
Heard on Morning Edition
Scott Horsley 
The Trump administration says it can balance the federal budget within a decade. Its blueprint calls for significant cuts to social safety net programs and assumes more robust economic growth. 
The administration plans to release what it calls a "Taxpayer First" budget on Tuesday.
"This is, I think, the first time in a long time that an administration has written a budget through the eyes of the people who are actually paying the taxes," White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Monday. 
The plan was crafted with a skeptical eye toward programs that serve the needy. Over a decade, it calls for hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid, food stamps and disability benefits. 
President Trump's Budget Proposal Calls For Deep Cuts To Education 
"We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs," Mulvaney said. "We are going to measure compassion and success by the number of people we help get off of those programs to get back in charge of their own lives." 
Critics call the spending blueprint "Robin Hood in reverse." 
"The president is essentially abandoning many people the economy has left behind — a large number of whom voted for him — and is pursuing policies that would make their lives more difficult than they already are," said Robert Greenstein, president of the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities."

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  1. Lawrence Henry "Larry" Summers is an American economist, former Vice President of Development Economics and Chief Economist of the World Bank, senior U.S. Treasury Dept. says the Trump budget wouldn't pass Econ 101.

  2. Greedy bastard:

    President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposal would completely eliminate 66 federal programs, for a savings of $26.7 billion.

    Some of the programs would receive funding for 2018 as part of a phasing-out plan.

    Here are the programs the administration wants on the chopping block.

    Agriculture Department — $855 million

    · McGovern-Dole International Food for Education

    · Rural Business-Cooperative Service

    · Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program Account

    · Single Family Housing Direct Loans

    Commerce Department — $633 million

    · Economic Development Administration

    · Manufacturing Extension Partnership

    · Minority Business Development Agency

    · National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Grants and Education

    Education Department — $4.976 billion

    · 21st Century Community Learning Centers

    · Comprehensive Literacy Development Grants

    · Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

    · Impact Aid Payments for Federal Property

    · International Education

    · Strengthening Institutions

    · Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

    · Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants

    · Teacher Quality Partnership

  3. And more:

    Energy Department — $398 million

    · Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy

    · Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program and Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program

    · Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility

    Health and Human Services — $4.834 billion

    · Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

    · Community Services Block Grant

    · Health Professions and Nursing Training Programs

    · Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

    Homeland Security — $235 million

    · Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program

    · Transportation Security Administration Law Enforcement Grants

    Housing and Urban Development — $4.123 billion

    · Choice Neighborhoods

    · Community Development Block

    · HOME Investment Partnerships Program

    · Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program Account

    Interior Department — $122 million

    · Abandoned Mine Land Grants

    · Heritage Partnership Program

    · National Wildlife Refuge Fund

    Justice Department — $210 million

    · State Criminal Alien Assistance Program

    Labor Department — $527 million

    · Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Training

    · OSHA Training Grants

    · Senior Community Service Employment Program

    State Department and USAID — $4.256 billion

    · Development Assistance

    Earmarked Appropriations for Non-Profit Organizations

    · The Asia Foundation

    · East-West Center

    · P.L. 480 Title II Food Aid

    State Department, USAID, and Treasury Department — $1.59 billion

    · Green Climate Fund and Global Climate Change Initiative

    Transportation Department — $499 million

    · National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER)

    Treasury Department — $43 million

    · Global Agriculture and Food Security Program

    Environmental Protection Agency — $493 million

    · Energy Star and Voluntary Climate Programs

    · Geographic Programs

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — $269 million

    · Five Earth Science Missions

    · Office of Education

    Other Independent Agencies — $2.683 billion

    · Chemical Safety Board

    · Corporation for National and Community Service

    · Corporation for Public Broadcasting

    · Institute of Museum and Library Services

    International Development Foundations

    · African Development Foundation

    · Inter-American Foundation

    · Legal Services Corporation

    · National Endowment for the Arts

    · National Endowment for the Humanities

    · Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation

    · Overseas Private Investment Corporation

    Regional Commissions

    · Appalachian Regional Commission

    · Delta Regional Authority

    · Denali Commission

    · Northern Border Regional Commission

    · U.S. Institute of Peace

    · U.S. Trade and Development Agency

    · Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars