The 19 federal agencies Trump wants to eliminate

by Sylvan Lane | The Hill  |  published on March 17, 2017

trumpdonad_031616gn2_leadPresident Trump’s budget blueprint proposes eliminating 19 federal agencies.

Here’s a run-down of the agencies and what they do, from supporting arts and public television to building infrastructure and studying international relations.

  1. The African Development Foundation, which funds African agriculture, infrastructure and community development projects with grants.
  2. The Appalachian Regional Commission, which funds projects meant to bolster businesses, education, culture, and economic development in Appalachia.
  3. The Chemical Safety Board, which investigates accidents in the chemical industry and makes safety recommendations.
  • edsfarm1

    Please. Eliminate the EPA, Dept. of Education, Planned Parenthood and NPR to start!

  • Bet you there are hundreds of federal agencies, departments, or commissions and thousands of programs that should be eliminated. It is refreshing that the country finally has a leader with empirical pragmatic profit and loss experience and that experience is being diligently exercised. Wait until President Trump’s second term to see further reductions in the federal bureaucratic morass. The country is finally on the right non political track that will end up benefiting each American voter.

  • Tins17

    Bye bye gravy train!

  • ketrout

    Great for President Trump, a president who wants to spend our tax dollars with some COMMON SENSE! How refreshing is that?

    I am fine with all of the 19 federal agencies to be eliminated!

  • Webb

    Eliminate as many ABC agencies as possible as well…
    Cut government entities and departments as much as possible if not totally…
    It’s Way Past Time…To Shrink Government Everywhere…Repeal ObamaCare Entirely*
    ☆★☆

  • Walter Flatt

    I LOOKED AT ALL 19 AND THEY ALL SHOULD BE ELINIMATED, SO DO IT.

    WE HAD BETTER WORRY ABOUT THE MUSLIMS HERE AT HOME.

    PUBLIC LAW 414, PAGE 2, SECTION 212, WAS PASSED IN 1952 THAT BANS ALL PEOPLE TRYING TO DESTROY OUR COUNTY, AND MUSLIMS QUALIF TO BE DEPORTED. READ THE QURAN, THEIR BIBLE.

    COULD IT BE THAT OBAMA HAS SET US UP FOR HIM TO LEAD A MUSLIM INVASION OF OUR COUNTRY? READ THEIR BIBLE, THE QURAN.

    IF NOT,

    WHY ARE THERE 5 MUSLIM CAMPS IN N. VIRGINA, CLOSE TO DC.

    WHY TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMO AND TAKE OUR GUNS.

    WHY ALLOW IN EXCESS OF 36 MUSLIM CAMPS. (PERHAPS HUNDREDS)

    (BUILD A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE? SOME STATE HAS MORE THAN ONE. BUILT AND SUPPORTED BY YOUR TAX MONEY.

    WHY, WHILE IN OFFICE, DID HE SET HIS CABINET WITH MOSTLY MUSLIMS.

    WHY, WAS HILLIARY’S TOP AIDE A RADICAL MUSLIM,

    LAST WHY, DID OBAMA SEND BILLIONS TO HIS MUSLIM FRIENDS.

  • FRENCHIE1369

    WHILE NOT A BAD START, I’VE NEVER HEARD OF ANY OF THESE AGENCIES. TRUMP REALLY NEEDS TO GO AFTER THE BIG MONEY WASTERS LIKE THE IRS, DEA, ATF, & QUITE A FEW OTHERS, FOR THAT MATTER. I KNOW I’M GOING TO GET FLAK OVER PUTTING THE DEA ON THAT LIST, BUT DRUG ENFORCEMENT IS A MAJOR CASH DRAIN & HAS BARELY EVEN MADE A DENT IN THE PROBLEM. BESIDES, IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN & ALWAYS WILL BE A “STATES RIGHTS” ISSUE AS PER THE 10th AMENDMENT. IT WAS NEVER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S JOB & IS NO MORE THAN GOVERNMENT OVERREACH THAT THEY’VE GOTTEN AWAY WITH FOR FAR TOO LONG. LET THE STATES DECIDE HOW THEY WANT TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUE ON THEIR OWN, IT’S THEIR RIGHT UNDER THE CONSTITUTION. THE SAME COULD BE SAID FOR THE ATF. AND WE ALL KNOW THE IRS IS LITTLE MORE THAN A DEMOCRAT WEAPON TO TAKE DOWN ITS RIVALS THESE DAYS & STEAL MORE OF OUR MONEY BY WHATEVER MEANS THEY CAN. SO I DON’T THINK ANYBODY WOULD REALLY MISS THEM IF THEY WERE TO BE DONE AWAY WITH. A SIMPLE THING LIKE CHANGING & SIMPLIFYING THE TAX CODE COULD DO AWAY WITH THEM EASILY. THERE ARE SO MANY MORE THAT I’D GET CARPAL TUNNEL IF I TRIED TO LIST THEM ALL HERE. BUT THE BIG TICKET AGENCIES NEED TO BE THE FIRST ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK, INSTEAD OF “TESTING THE WATERS” BY GOING AFTER AGENCIES NOBODY’S EVER EVEN HEARD OF. IF YOU’RE GONNA FIGHT, MAKE SURE THE FIGHT’S OVER SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR & NOT JUST AN “EXPERIMENTAL SKIRMISH” TO TEST RESISTANCE BEFORE BRINGING OUT THE BIG GUNS. JUST ONE MAN’S OPINION, BUT IT’S MINE………….

    • FRENCHIE1369

      CORRECTION – I KNOW ABOUT THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING & THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, BUT THAT STILL LEAVES 17 I HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT………..

  • Not A Farmer

    We are finally getting the government on a budget. Some social programs are nice to have but are a luxury we have had so long it has become a necessity in our minds. Our state representatives need to figure out a way for our communities to become more self-reliant than having to rely on the government.

  • Askjrsk

    Drain the swamp!!!

  • Sandy Miller-Moreno

    I honestly am glad to see a president follow through with their campaign promises. I may not agree with every decision he makes, but I do believe he has Americas best interest at heart which is what we have needed for a long time!! Good luck Mr. President. I will continue to pray that good decisions will be made and America will be great again!!!

  • jake mccollum

    We can only hope this agenda makes it through congress, but don’t bet on it.

  • Jean Langford M.

    GREAT !!!…GET IT DONE…

  • Tunaby

    As we all know,getting ” out of hock” is a very painful but necessary treatment for spending money you don’t have. Our country will never reduce and hopefully payoff our extreme debt uless we have a very brave, strong leader to do this. Thank God, we have a President, who is beholding to no one, and has the courage and determination to make “America great again” God bless him and God bless America!.

    • kbfallon

      President Trump knows that you “CANNOT SPEND YOUR WAY OUT OF DEBT!”

  • rewindpulaski

    …and on and on and on it goes. President Trump promised that he would reduce the budget and attack the 20 TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT.. He has already reduced the debt by 68 billion – which we all know is just a drop in the bucket – but when one considers that he is the only President to actually reduce the debt, it all should be considered to be a “good thing”… ..a very very good, “good thing”… Getting a whole lot of these little piggies that have been sucking on the government teat – and taking (actually stealing) money in a very unconstitutional fashion from the US taxpayer again and again and again for decades now – off of the federal government teat IS THE GOAL! Weaning them (the little piggies) – the agencies and organizations that seem to never go away and never consider other options to collect money (on their own) – is going to be difficult and maddening to many. Always is whenever anyone actually reduces federal agency, department and organization government dependency… BUT OBVIOUSLY; it must be done! OUR DEBT MUST BE REDUCED!! It is the only way we as a country can survive…

    • Richard Bagenstose

      well i know all that , point is , congress is not doing the job they are suppose to do , it’s more like romper room for babies, they are getting rich bleeding us dry, when is the last time congress did something that actualy helped americans , i’m 63 and i don’t know of any

      • rewindpulaski

        I’m 66 and I remember the Congress of “Tip” O’Neill and the Presidency of Ronald Reagan. While O’Neill and Reagan (in public) took swipes at each other; behind the scenes they were pretty good friends. Congress got a lot of things done that actually helped Americans because of the relationship between the two… HOWEVER; you are right considering today’s cast of characters. When you have “leaders” like Pelosi and McCain in play (and all of the progressive leftist politics and the C-Span popularity contests also in play) AND the fact that pretty much 90% of Congress truly hate our POTUS; I seriously doubt if Congress today will ever do anything that truly helps Americans.. Sad but true..

        • Richard Bagenstose

          your right , like ginrich and clinton they did some good things to. after fighting it out , but when was the last time they did something for normal americans instead of kissing ass for the users, government keeps giving to them and we keep paying the bills for it, just like the aca

          • rewindpulaski

            Gingrich and Clinton are also good examples (although to a somewhat lesser extent than Reagan/O’Neill) but what you say is true.. We can’t be everyone’s babysitter.. All we’ve created is a bunch of folks yelling “where’s my check”?! and “you owe me”!! The group I really want to see “losing their funding” is the Nat Endowment for “the Arts”. When all one has to do to get $$ from them (actually the taxpayer) is to dance on stage in the nude and swim in a vat of pudding and call it “art” OR produce elephant dung pictures/paintings and call it “art”; it’s why past time to CUT OFF THE FUNDS! I as a taxpayer DEMAND IT!

  • Richard Bagenstose

    how about eliminating congress , their the ones that are really screwing up our country, they let oboma rule like a king for 8 years and now they want to sabatase trump

    • rewindpulaski

      “Congress is a mandated entity” (by the US Constitution). AND; well over 90% of the Federal Government Agencies, Groups and Organizations ARE NOT! Granted; Obama acted and ruled as a King (and the MSM, Congress, and the leftist in our country allowed him to do so).. Obama himself, felt that he was “God”.. He was considered by many (far too many) to be a deity that was ABOVE the constitution and the law and his authority was not to be questioned.. Well; to them I say.. Times have changed folks.. There is a new Sheriff in town and his name and title is PRESIDENT TRUMP.. He will abide by the constitution, he will govern this country as presidents are supposed to do (in a legal and constitutional fashion), and he will (as he promised) reduce this damn budget!! If they don’t like it; well, that’s just too damn bad..

  • Name

    Mr. President, be bold, go ahead and sue the tyrants. Sue the judges, all of those who blocked your executive order, in one court, in the US Supreme Court, for abuse of power, which is jeopardizing the security of our country and the safety of the American People! The statute is clear. You have “carte blanche”. Meanwhile, proceed under your indisputable statutory authority.

    • Askjrsk

      Time to be aggressive and play hard ball

  • astrojohn

    What about those SEVENTEEN intelligence agencies, none of which seem to know what’s going on in the world? SEVENTEEN?!!!

    • kbfallon

      Now they can play seventeen card monty with the truth and facts!

    • Mike Thomas

      Which by the way were not in place until 2 weeks before the traitor left office.

      • Retired

        His Comrads in arm to strike against republicans .

  • The_Frog_Prince

    Not near enough but a good start.

  • David Stovall

    The 3 letter IRS,EPA, etc, etc, have formed the 4th branch of government, writing regulations that have the force of laws. Unconstitutional. And it grows itself. Time to reverse it.

    • kbfallon

      Exactly what the half wit judge did with the Travel ban—actually used his own personal opinions instead of what the law says. They have gotten away with this crap for so long they believe they are empowered to do as they see fit………no more!

  • Tiger

    He also needs to retrieve the billions O gave to the UN. Africa was once thought to be the Cradle of Civilization yet they still are starving, fighting and being sucked dry of all their treasure either by Dictators or by other nations taking it. Time they got their shit together.

    As to Appalachia it has been a mess for ages and instead of all these churches funding millions of Muslims, who by the way committed a Genocide of Christians in the Middle East that nobody, not one civilized country stopped, what the Hell happened to that “Never Again”, but they are doing what for the poor in Appalachia, oh that is right they don’t get money for helping the poor in America.

    As to PBS that frikkin liberal mouthy bunch should have been taken off our funds long ago because like taking money from tax payers for abortions, millions upon millions of us don’t support it and don’t want to support it.

    So a huge hug and thank you to a REAL PRESIDENT OF THIS UNITED STATES.

    Now sir, take out some judges who think they are president and remind them of what their jobs consist of and it is not demeaning and keeping the Executive from doing his job. Better yet do like Andrew Jackson and O did ignore them, they can’;t do anything to you, you are in your rights and have the laws of the land and our Constitution behind you and STOP THE REFUGEE PROGRAM AND BAN THOSE DAMNED AND I DO MEAN DAMNED COUNTRIES.

    • Joan Davenport

      BRAVO….great post!!!!

      • Tiger

        Thank you.

    • kbfallon

      Send the refuges to Hawaii….they stopped the travel ban yet have NO REFUGES there. Time to fix that as soon as possible.

      • Tiger

        I said the same thing and today I am hearing people on TV saying the same thing. Interesting isn’t it how O managed to keep Hawaii free from the worst of the worst, an article I read this AM said the Muslim that put the complaint in has ties to Muslim Brotherhood and that only 5,000 Muslims in that area. O I suppose figured when they broke here in America to slash, hack, slice and dice us he would be sitting on a beach soaking up the sun.

    • Askjrsk

      Absolutely

  • Jim

    Thank you President Trump for taking back our money that the democrats gave away and put on guidelines on it. For instant, Meals on Wheels which is a wonder thing to have for people that cannot get out of home either because of health or having no transportation, However the money given to operate this is staying up top and not coming down the line. The top CEO gets one point seven million dollars per year and he passes out all kinds of bonuses to other high office people, this is robbery of our tax dollars and the democrats have said nothing about it, Something has got to give here and this is just one issue. Now the democrat party does not like Mr. Trump making them look bad of how they handle our money

    • Askjrsk

      Should have been a long time ago

  • Juanita Williams

    Thank Donald Trump! No wonder this man is wealthy.

    • Mike Thomas

      That is why we need a business minded man to run this country!
      We have voted in educated idiot law makers for decades now and we are 20 trillion dollars in debt. They could not run a lemonade stand with out going bankrupt.

      • Askjrsk

        That steal copper electrical wiring, steal the W out of the typewriters. Steal the furniture. Give Iran ransom money. Traitors

    • Askjrsk

      Yes

  • JC

    Are these agencies actually succeeding and reaching their goals?—-NO THEY ARE NOT THAT’S WHY THEY NEED TO BE ELIMINATED—THEY WASTE THE TAXPAYER DOLLORS

    • bobnstuff

      Sorry but a number of those agencies do a lot of good and serve a lot of people but since they are poor people it doesn’t matter. A number of those agencies help our homeless vets and those who have lost their jobs. Why not cut the corporate welfare and military. Cutting the military by 10% puts all those programs back. I guess Dictators like having a large military to show off with. Children learning to read and people having decent housing isn’t impressive. Why should we worry about jobs in West Virginia.

      • Leslie Woodhull

        We won’t have to. Trump is restarting the coal industry.

        • bobnstuff

          Trump is restating a dying industry instead of helping build one with a future. Coal is dying and has been for fifty years. The market is going away not because of the government but because of the cost. Natural Gas is taking over the market. It’s cheaper, cleaner, easier to transport, has no waste to get rid of and we have a lot of it. Maybe Trump should also help the buggy whip industry to. Coal peaked in the 40’s. Let it die and find a replacement industry for the workers that has a future. As of right now Trump is cutting funding for creating those industries.

      • rewindpulaski

        The constitution states that the federal government is to provide for the common defense of our country. It is but one of very few “things” that the constitution mandates for the Federal Government.. Remember, that “all else is relegated to the States” part? The military has already been cut to the lowest levels it has been (in # of weapons, men, women, ships, planes, etc..etc..) since BEFORE World War II… AND YOU want them to be reduced even more?! Corporate welfare? Corporations hire people… Corporations create jobs.. Corporations are the life blood of a Representative Republic (a capitalist country)… THANK GOD, we haven’t become a fully socialist country – – – yet! I have yet to see “the poor” hire or pay an income to anyone.. Poor people matter.. As Christ said; “you will always have the poor”… BUT the constitution does not say “provide for the common poor”… States and churches (and of course individuals) are to do that.. NOT the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.. NOT the US TAXPAYER!!

        • Askjrsk

          Priorities must be kept safety security and defense

        • bobnstuff

          We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect
          Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the
          common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to
          ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution
          for the United States of America.

          You complain about giving money to people who need it but not to corporations that don’t. Do you really think Exxon Mobil needs a government hand out? Any time you put money into the economy it should create jobs but handing it to people in fact create more jobs by their spending it on goods and services. Also if you want to quote Jesus you should also remember that he said to feed the poor. “So as you have done for the least of my people so you have done for me.”

          So what country are you afraid of? We have by far the strongest military on earth. Who are we trying to impress, Russia with their 50 year old fleet? China with next to no navy?

          http://www.globalfirepower.com/countries-listing.asp

          • Retired

            Better start locking at the Ship yards of Russia and China , plus why did China build that military base on a reef ??? Then there is the tie between North Korea and China ??? You also have the Sell out by Kerry – Obama and Iran . Time to get your head out of your rear end .

          • rewindpulaski

            Don’t fool yourself. China has a Navy and is building it up all the time. They just placed an Aircraft Carrier into the mix. And Subs.. The Russian fleet isn’t as old as you seem to think.. Many of their front line “stuff” is only 10 to 20 years old and much of it is subs – Alphas and Typhoons.. The “poor” is YOUR business. Not the Federal Government’s No Matter How Much Might Wish Otherwise. AND; I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… CORPORATIONS are the life blood of a Representative Republic and a Capitalist one… They do the hiring they do the paying; they provide the products that we sell or trade.. “Hand Outs”?! Whenever we give them tax cuts and the freedom to prosper?! Like corporations in Europe or Asia? Save your “alligator tears” for “the poor”. They’re given opportunity to provide for themselves. Sadly they choose to live off of U and I.. You want something else 4 them or 4 yourself? You want socialism and “fairness for all”? MOVE! Give to your church! Work within your state.. Whatever… See if you can get it somewhere else… I’m not complaining; just giving you a few facts.. To you and the others who just cannot seem to get off of the govt dole or you just want to see others on it… Just Quit stealing $$ and taking it from the givers – the US Federal Taxpayers… When U do so it more than likely is UNCONSTITIONAL

          • bobnstuff

            China’s navy

            Aircraft Carriers: 1
            Frigates: 48
            Destroyers: 32
            Corvettes: 26
            Submarines: 68
            Coastal Defense Craft: 138
            Mine Warfare: 4
            You will notice that China’s navy is heavy on light ships that are good at defending a coastline but not open sea warfare. They are building their second Aircraft carrier but the bought a 40 year old Russian one that is the only one they have right now.

            US Navy

            Aircraft Carriers: 19
            Frigates: 6
            Destroyers: 62
            Corvettes: 0
            Submarines: 75
            Coastal Defense Craft: 13
            Mine Warfare: 11

            The US Air Force is five times the size of China’s.

            As far as Russia goes we are building war ships at about three times the rate they are and they are slowing down because of a lack of money. Half the Sub fleet are old USSR subs.

            All these facts are easy to find but you choose to believe the lies about our being week.

            You knowledge of how the economy works is also pretty bad. Most new jibs are created by small business, you know that the funds to help them are being cut. Giving money to large companies does not create jobs but it does create large bonus checks for CEO’s. Jobs are created by consumers demand. Companies make products because they can sell them. It’s call demand side economics. When Exxon Mobil pays no taxes there may be a problem. Do you really think giving them that much is fair while taking help away from the poor? Are tax cuts for large businesses covered by the constitution?

            You also seem to believe that poor people don’t work. Most of the low income people are either old, young school age, disabled or working. The money they get isn’t enough to lift them out of poverty.

          • rewindpulaski

            Sorry guy; but you’ve been had by a very deep (apparently) Orwellian indoctrination.. It’s sad because you at times appear to be a smart guy; an independent thinker – just misguided in your thinking.. Going along w/ the wrong ideology is my best guess.. I’m a small business owner – have been for over 7 years now – and what you say about them is true. They create many jobs (mostly low paying ones). However; you seem to think that large corporations are EVIL and CEOs of such companies are EVIL and that in any way we help them in reduction of corporate taxation and providing incentives to build in this country and stay in this country is EVIL.. THEY ARE NOT EVIL.. Again; they are this country’s life blood.. What YOU say about them is what I mean by being Orwellian in your thinking.. The leftist “group-think” and “group-speak” is deep within you… You just spout the same old line of cr@p the progressive leftists have spewing for years.. Private enterprise BAD; All Seeing/Doing Government Influence GOOD.. Words and actions from the Private Sector BAD; All from the “Ministry of Truth (or any other “ministry”) GOOD… You’ve got it bad guy.. Real Bad… Infectious Bad… But it all boils down to this – the “proletariat vs the bourgeoisie”, eh?.. The old Karl Marx cr@ppola that the leftists; progressives, socialists, the Orwellians; and all totalitarian forms of government, have been following and advocating since the French Revolution.. Snap out of it guy. I believe you’re too smart for that. Think like an individual and stop with the socialist – all the world’s against me, and the poor, and the downtrodden – ideology. It’s beneath you. NOW – as far as the poor goes. YOU jump to conclusions to believe that I think “poor people don’t work” or that they wish to remain “poor”.. I don’t.. Like many of us, I began my life and career as “poor”.. 14-yr old kid mounting car and truck tires on rims for $1 and hour.. Like I said; we will always have the poor… I just don’t believe I – because of actions and words such as yours that sway some of our weak minded members of congress – in any way and especially by government mandate – makes me “obligated” in keeping the poor fed and clothed forever and ever… AND spare me from the “it’s for the common good morality” cr@p.. That’s just more Orwellian thinking going on.. Face It!.. IT’S NOT CONSTITUTIONAL! and it’s not the federal government’s (via the US Taxpayers) job to keep “the poor” fed and clothed… IT’S YOUR JOB or the job of your church or organization or the job of your state (if they are so inclined) to “help the poor”.. That is especially true when you have to keep those who choose not to work but instead choose to remain poor, fed, clothed, and sheltered.. The saddest part of it all is that many of these “I refuse to work poor” have families and rather than “get to work” and support their families they just as soon have you and I do it.. What I say to them is – “get off your arse and get to work”!!… You have responsibilities.. I AM my brother’s keeper BUT that’s not to be my responsibility forever and ever.. I have my own family to support… Get it; guy?

      • McFerguson

        Nonsense! Obozo hollowed out the military and cut it to pre- WWII size. The Federal government’s duties are outlined in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. One of its main duties is to raise and train a militia to engage in war, when necessary, and to keep the people of the nation safe from foreign aggression. I see nothing in there about baby sitting a given state’s population. That’s the duty of the individual states, not the Federal Government.

        • bobnstuff

          Do you have any knowledge of our military strength? Do you have a clue as to what other countries military looks like. I think not. You just repeat the lines feed to you. We have 17 aircraft carriers in moth balls because we don’t need them. The three we have in services is three times what either China or Russia has. We have a small force but that doesn’t mean we are weaker. War isn’t fought the same way as it was back then.
          http://www.globalfirepower.com/countries-listing.asp
          As far as the government taking care of it’s citizens i guess you have read it constitution. ” promote the general Welfare,” It comes right after “provide for the common defence”

          • McFerguson

            Uh-huh…and which war did you fight in, little bob? And keep in mind, that clause about “promote the general Welfare” doesn’t mean everybody gets an EBT card just because they want one. That would make liberals giddy, but the thrust of the clause is it’s the duty of the federal government to create a national environment that is conducive to each American as he pursues his dreams of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” It doesn’t mean you have the right to a job, a house and a car that somebody else pays for so you can feel good about yourself. If you want that you’ll have to move to a blue state where everything is free and nobody is responsible for anything – especially themselves – and where crime is rampant and sanctuary cities thrive…

      • chw2000

        You really don’t know much about the Constitution and what the responsibility of the federal government really is. Welfare programs and $$ for the “arts” are not. People like you are the reason this country is $20trillion in debt. PBS can support itself as can these other agencies. I wonder if you really are an American citizen or one of those illegals that wants lots and lots of free stuff.

        • kbfallon

          Their motto is—“It doesn’t matter how you get it as long as you get it”…….. and…….”Hurrah For Me and F you!”

        • Not A Farmer

          Free stuff on someone else’s dime

        • bobnstuff

          We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense,
          promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

          I think this kind of sums it up, don’t you. I think the Promote the general Welfare means taking care of the peoples needs.

          • Retired

            Blah Blah Bullshitsky strikes again .

          • McFerguson

            Wrong! It means creating an environment so the people can take care of their own needs, moron. It’s about a resilient people, free to provide for themselves and their families. No wonder you’re a failure, you never learned to absorb what you read. It takes far too much effort, eh?

          • bobnstuff

            And you believe this because you don’t think that we should take care of each other. Using your same logic our military shouldn’t leave the country because it’s only meant to provide defense of our people. We shouldn’t have military bases anywhere but the US and we should only defend our country. No more money for Israel.

          • McFerguson

            Depends on what you mean by “we.” If you’re talking about Uncle Sam, the federal government delves way too deeply into our personal lives in a way which is beyond the duties expressed in Article I, Section 8. That’s the “administrative state” that Steve Bannon wants to deconstruct. If the “we” means state government and community action groups, churches, and the like, then yes we should have extended emphasis on taking care of one another. Everything else you said is pure mush and drivel that one expects to hear when a liberal speaks. It smacks of weakness and self-pity. You need to grow a pair.

          • bobnstuff

            Many of the programs they are cutting are in fact run by the states and much of the money used is state and local money with help from the Federal government. Meals on Wheels will be defended even though it’s a locally run program. Medicaid is a state run program as are most other so called welfare programs. The Programs that are safe are the ones run by the Federal government and that give the largest kick backs. Follow the money and look to see who’s pockets it ends up in.

          • McFerguson

            Who is “they?” Are you talking about the Trump administration whose budget has not yet been approved? I support all the projected budget cuts so far. In every single federal government agency, there’s at least ten percent that is nothing but fat, ugly, blubber that needs to be ripped out. They’ve got duplicative programs all dedicated to “helping” that are on auto-pilot and have been for generations. They’re vote buying, feel-good schemes the late commentator Paul Harvey use to compare to “sprinklers in the rain.” These are immortal. Once passed they never die. We’re now twenty trillion dollars in debt which is going to drown us if not dealt with and you wine and moan if a few poorly used programs are cut? You are the sprinkler in the rain, dude! Wake up!

      • chw2000

        Also, the military was gutted by previous administrations to the point that we are at pre WWII levels. It needs to be rebuilt. Just curious Bob, in what branch of the US military did you serve? I doubt you ever did.

        • kbfallon

          He’s a professional liberal whiner……alarmist. Never mentions things like these programs are being abused beyond imagination.

      • mdk4130

        No, bobnstuff, you’re off base. Or out of touch. Sorry. I’m as liberal and thoughtful of people’s welfare as you are. Nobody wants to step over people starving in the streets and keep walking. That is happening in some countries today. But we need to clean house from time to time and we have come the time to do it. To tell the truth, if I were President I would be cutting a lot — a hell of a lot more than Trump is doing. We’re in hock for over a trillion dollars. If we don’t want to raise taxes to pay $20,000 every year to every poor person so they will no longer be a poor person and borrowing the money we’re only putting off the day until we come to our senses. Today is now the day.

        • bobnstuff

          Here’s an idea, raise minimum wage up to $15 per hour so a person working full time doesn’t need to go on welfare. A fair wage for a fair day’s work. If you want to cut the deficit you backed the wrong horse. Trump isn’t going to do it, the Congress isn’t going to do it either. Listen to what they are saying and doing. All they want to do is punish the poor and feed the very rich. You believe that we need to spend more on defense but what your don’t see is that the money isn’t in fact improving our defenses but instead going into the pockets of the defense contractors. The Republicans have to pay there friends back. Did you known those private security that now protects our Ambassadors make over $100,000 per year but we pay even more then that to their employers. We pay more for defense then the next 7 countries combined, do you see a military that is seven time stronger or better. Ever wondered about that? Do you know why we give so much to Israel, it doesn’t really all go the them but instead it goes to our defense contractors. What’s left goes into the pockets of their government officials. Follow the money. Those programs they are cutting doesn’t give the kickbacks so they need to go. There is no percentage in feeding the poor.

      • Not A Farmer

        Without an impressive military, you would not be living in a free country.

        • bobnstuff

          We spend more then the next seven countries combined. Do we really need to spend all that money to impress other countries. Our fleet is the newest and biggest in the planet. Our freedom isn’t being challenged by any other country, it’s our leaders that want to take our freedoms away. Freedoms like freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom to vote and freedom from fear of our own government. The way things are going you will only have freedom if you are a rich white Christian male.

      • Retired

        Here you go again with your Anti US Bull . You never served a day in the military but you know all about what we don’t need .

        • bobnstuff

          You are the anti American one. You would give money to other countries before you would give a crust of bread to the guy down the street. You are so worried that someone might get a dime more then you have that you would leave people go hungry because the got the wrong parents. What’s more anti American then not being willing to help others. You got your, at the tax payers expense. I thought Trump said he was going to put America first but it looks more like he’s putting the rich first. The new Tabloid Conservative mantra. “Let them Die and Decrease the Surplus Population.” The richest country on earth but we don’t want to take care of or citizens.

          • Retired

            Now you are talking about yourself and your Demon Rat friends It’s not polite to BRAG like that .

          • bobnstuff

            So you don’t believe that we should just let the poor die? Why should the government take care of it’s citizens?

          • Retired

            Your democrats put the mentally ill Vets on the streets decades ago . Under your Obama ACA the elderly are not getting the same needed care as before. Part of it is just keep them alive without invasive care , they lived long enough . Just like they are taking pain medicine away from them thanks to the drug addicted from illegal drugs that the Democrats refuse to stop from being brought into the country . I have had 4 prescriptions denied since the ACA by my carrier . That is how well they take care of the retired Military.

          • bobnstuff

            Why should you care, you would take the food out of children’s mouths and cut funding for low income housing. So why did you change insurance carriers. You were paid well while in the military so why are you complaining. Not enough free stuff for you now. You are the one who claimed the military paid well. The country is broke so why should they care if you have to pay more for your meds. We need the tax dollars for Exxon Mobil. We need to cut the taxes on the rich so you need to get used to paying more for things and having your services cut.

          • Retired

            You are all F___UP in the head , you was probably one of the draft dodgers that went to Canada. Just proved how ignorant and stupid you are

          • bobnstuff

            Remember your hero the great and powerful Trump can’t remember which foot had the bone spear that kept him out of serving. He will take real good care of you. How dangerous was that desk you sat at?

          • Retired

            The subject was you being a draft dodger and not Trump . You can’t keep anything straight ???

          • bobnstuff

            I wasn’t drafted. I registered but got no call. I didn’t support the war, we should never have go into Vietnam. I didn’t lie like Trump to get out of the military.

          • Retired

            Just like all Elected you had Daddy buy your way out of being drafted

          • bobnstuff

            My father didn’t have to buy me out. I was 186 in the lottery. Unlike our President who had a foot problem but can’t remember which foot. My dad also taught me to pay my bills and to deal honestly with people, something Trumps dad seemed to miss.

          • Retired

            Well you did not listen well ,with all the Bull you post

      • ghavila1

        If you truly believe what you say, then send your money to those agencies you back. Just do not expect me to send mine to them.

        • Retired

          Yes bobnstuff is that screwed UP .

    • Askjrsk

      Yes

  • MARLENE HESSLER

    The US ones are not being eliminated. They are being returned to the states where they rightfully belong anyway. And, we cannot afford the federal waste. Many have long ago fulfilled their intent.

  • Tom

    Trump wants to eliminate Federal positions to trim a 20 trillion National Debt and the morons suggest this is a bad thing.

    • Askjrsk

      Yes lunatics

    • Retired

      He needs to clean house from the top down in most Gov. agencies and fire the deadbeats without benefits. Put Gov. employees on the same retirement age as SS , that would save millions annually .

    • Luke

      The leftist do think it is a bad thing, they will lose a lot of money they were stealing from the hard working tax payer.

      • Kimberlymmiller

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      • Tom

        Yes. They want a larger government. The duplicate agencies just steal from the hard working tax payer. I agree with you.

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