In the lead up to his inauguration, many progressives (and some moderate conservatives) had maintained hope that Donald Trump would take a “hands off” approach to government funded social programs. This hope was grounded in Trump’s seeming need to feel liked – and people tend to like social programs providing societal benefit. Several weeks into his presidency, it is virtually impossible to maintain such hope, as Trump’s White House is devising plans to kill off a number of important social programs just as soon as Trump’s budget director is confirmed.
Reports the New York Times: “The White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.”
“Work on the first Trump administration budget has been delayed as the budget office awaited Senate confirmation of former Representative Mick Mulvaney, a spending hard-liner, as budget director. Now that he is in place, his office is ready to move ahead with a list of nine programs to eliminate, an opening salvo in the Trump administration’s effort to reorder the government and increase spending on defense and infrastructure.”
Most of the programs Trump wants to kill have an annual budget of less than $500 million dollars, a figure described by the Times as a “pittance” given the government’s overall budget of $4 trillion.
In other news, Trump is currently on this third consecutive weekend getaway to Mar-A-Lago, his luxury Florida resort. As reported on Restore Progress, each of these visits costs taxpayers $3 million. In fact, the American taxpayers will likely be required to spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next four years, to accommodate Trump’s luxurious lifestyle. Just something to keep in mind as Trump maneuvers to kill off valuable social programs.