240: The March to Authoritarianism continues

From The Hill

The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.

I’ve been saying for months now that this was happening and nobody listened.

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Trump was very transparent about his plans for cutting Commerce.  Between giving his Commerce Secretary policy to set Trade Policy and creating a National Trade Council, he made it clear to me at least that he was probably going to cut Commerce as much as possible and possibly even get rid of it, while making his Commerce Secretary part of the Trade Council. This puts more power in the White House.

2. Appointing Rick Perry, who wants to get rid of the Department of Energy, as the Energy Secretary is very transparent.

3. The new Transportation Secretary wants to privatize infrastructure spending.

4. Appointing his friend Jason Greenblatt as representative for International Negotiation takes power away from State as this is usually the rule of people in the State Department.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.

This is a declaration of war on the media. You can try to claim its about cutting spending but its such a small amount of spending that it doesn’t matter. Trump is at war with the media. America is under attack.
Below is just a disaster and it explains why he has been requesting lists of various items.
The Heritage blueprint used as a basis for Trump’s proposed cuts calls for eliminating several programs that conservatives label corporate welfare programs: the Minority Business Development Agency, the Economic Development Administration, the International Trade Administration and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The total savings from cutting these four programs would amount to nearly $900 million in 2017.

At the Department of Justice, the blueprint calls for eliminating the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants and the Legal Services Corporation and for reducing funding for its Civil Rights and its Environment and Natural Resources divisions.

At the Department of Energy, it would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels, eliminate the Office of Electricity, eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and scrap the Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Under the State Department’s jurisdiction, funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are candidates for elimination.

 

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