Trump Budget Spends Big on Military and the Wall; Cuts Foreign Aid, EPA, and Public Broadcasting

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March 16, 2017

Donald TrumpPresident Donald Trump released his budget blueprint on Thursday, an effort to prioritize safety and security for the American people while dramatically cutting other agencies considered sacred cows by the left.

“To keep Americans safe, we have made tough choices that have been put off for too long,” Trump wrote in a message to Congress. “But we have also made necessary investments that are long overdue.”

The outline increases defense spending by $54 billion and increases funding for immigration enforcement as well as $4.1 billion investment for his promised wall on the southern border.

“We must ensure that our courageous servicemen and women have the tools they need to deter war, and when called upon to fight, do only one thing: Win.” Trump wrote.

The budget includes Trump’s promises to veterans, as the Department of Veterans Affairs gets a 10 percent increase in spending.

33 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Wayne Thorson says:

    The U.S. already spends more than the next 13 countries under us. We have got to stop being the police force of the world. Cut back on military spending and we can reduce that deficit. Stop putting our nose in other countries business and we won’t have another 911.

  • Rod Daman says:

    If you never consider that there might be reasons NOT to do this, you’ll never know what they are. Better decisions are ALWAYS made with more information, not less. Knowing that, it seems obviously counterproductive for the group of you to chattering here like malicious school girls, mocking opposing views and stroking one another’s superiority.

    There are reasons, good reasons, for most if not all of the programs on Trumps chopping block. Many end up saving money and provide an overall benefit to society. You can refuse to consider that, but it only weakens your ability to arrive at an informed position on this, or anything else.

    The ability of self government to function is directly tied to the citizens ability to conduct informed and sober debate. I guess the responses to this comment will be an evaluation of that ability. Go.

  • Rod Daman says:

    “If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition ultimately….I think it’s a cost-benefit ratio. The more that we put into the State Department’s diplomacy, hopefully the less we have to put into a military budget as we deal with the outcome of an apparent American
    withdrawal from the international scene,”

    General James Mattis
    Speaking in opposition to cutting Foreign Aid in 2013
    https://www.armed-services.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/13-07%20-%203-5-13.pdf

    “The State Department, USAID, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Peace
    Corps and other development agencies are critical to preventing conflict
    and reducing the need to put our men and women in uniform in harm’s
    way,”

    From a letter signed by 120 current and former military officers sent to congressional leaders, two Cabinet officials and the White House national security adviser.

    But hell, why listen to people with 20 or 30 or more years of experience in this? Trump “knows more than the generals”

    Right?

  • justinwachin says:

    We can’t afford to keep doing things the way they have always been done. We are more than $19,000,000,000,000 in debt.

    Here’s my thought on Public Broadcasting. We have a ton of channels on cable TV and satellite which seem to have no problem making money off commercials or subscriptions. We have a huge number of radio stations on the air and online which seem to have no problem surviving off commercials or listener donations. If anyone values the programming of public radio they will support it and the stations will survive. I support ending government funding of public broadcasting. The government can loosen the rules and let those stations start airing commercials.

    1. Rod Daman says:

      “We have a ton of channels on cable TV and satellite which seem to have no problem making money off commercials”

      Sure, and what has this done? It’s pushed programming toward glitzy, sensationalized, unsubstantial tabloid pseudo-news. Hot women with long legs and short skirts under glass table-tops so you can always see the ‘glam’. In a competition for advertising revenue, which means ratings nobody is EVER going to risk putting out the difficult, tediously factual discussions that are required to keep people informed.

      The highest rated, most popular ‘news’ shows on TV and radio are also the ones with the absolute worst factuality and reliability. These are the programs that feed acrimony with false facts and simplistic talking points and a constant, predictable slant that is gratifying to their viewers, like smack for a junkie. You find them all on the FOX News Network.

      I always hear people complaining about the ‘trashiness’ of TV but you think that applying the same formula that give you that trashiness is good for news broadcasting?

      It’s not really logical.

      1. justinwachin says:

        If someone is listening to the broadcast it is likely some business will be interested in advertising to them. I would guess the audience for public radio may have a higher disposable income than the audience for some other genres. Many companies would be happy to advertise on Morning Edition, All Things Considered or much of the other programming on public radio. High-end restaurants, wineries, and luxury cars might be inclined to advertise on classical music stations.

        If a channel airing reruns from the 1970s can attract advertisers I can’t help but believe public TV and radio stations have large enough audiences that some company/organization will want to pay to reach them.

  • Jean Langford M. says:

    LOVED THIS…..KEEP SLASHING THE MONEY AND BUREACRAT INFESTED D.C. …STOP ALL FORGEIN AID TO ENEMIES OF AMERICA..”GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!”..CONTINUE TO MARCH…DRAIN THE SWAMP !!!

  • metheoldsarge says:

    The NEA is also included in these cuts. Doesn’t break my heart. Any organization that calls a picture of a Crucifix of Christ in a glass of urine a work of art, should not have the support of taxpayers.

  • Rodney Steward says:

    Now this is cutting wasteful spending, just keep it up!!!

  • Starr Jim says:

    Public Broadcasting; who would fund this conduit for propaganda? Not ethical, principled, respectable, i.e. right-minded individuals!

    WHO? Democrats!

    1. Rod Daman says:

      Clearly someone who has never actually listened to the PBS News Hour or watched Frontline.
      You are so accustomed to the constant spin provided by FOX that you get dizzy when confronted with plain, direct and factual information.

      1. Starr Jim says:

        My friend, you do not even know what you don’t know.

        1. Rod Daman says:

          I know that stations supported by the CPB are the only ones recording and archiving American roots and historical folk music, I know that the only local programming in most communities around the country is supported by the CPB. In rural America local weather, beef and wheat prices, all of that most likely is coming to you in part because of the CPB. I know that a great deal of TV in rural communities, even that distributed on cable, is pulled ‘out of the air’ from TV relays supported by the CPB.

          Accusations of bias are a preemptive attempt by deliberately slanted media to discredit sober voices with factual information. It’s repeated again and again and again, but not really ever demonstration. To the contrary, MediaMatters and Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting have often criticized NPR, among others for failing to adequately take on issues sensitive to their corporate sponsors. So, if there is ANY demonstrable bias in public broadcasting, it isn’t ‘liberal’ as you’ve been told, it’s pro-corporate.

          No sir, I’m afraid that it is YOU who doesn’t know what you don’t know. Trump doesn’t either, but he doesn’t care.

          Do you?

  • Glen says:

    Right On Mr. Trump, Right On!!!
    Keep up the good work…

  • The Redhawk says:

    ALLELUYAHHHH TRUMP is a TRUE AMERICAN!!!

  • Richard Bagenstose says:

    where were the cries when oboma was cutting the military to waste the money on his illegals and refugees

    1. The Redhawk says:

      The (D) ANARCHISTS like that Vacillating EX Pansy Potus HATE the Men and Women who DEFEND OUR COUNTRY , the one they also DISLIKE!!!

  • Walt says:

    Thanks, President Donald J Trump for all of the things you are doing for America. Thank God for protecting you and your family. Americans are happy to see the rise in stock markets, jobs coming back, Immigration bans being implemented, federal EPA regulations reduced, lower taxes, better health care programs, infrastructure improvements, improvements in schools, military expansion, getting rid of sanctuary cities, enforcing and deporting illegals, savings of billion dollars in national depth, etc. President Donald J Trump is going to be the best President that America has ever had and he is doing a great job.

  • Tiger says:

    Foreign aid should not even be considered for anyone, we give money to Saudi Arabia of all places. About time this stopped.

    EPA was writing Legislative law, enforcing it and punishing those who didn’t follow it. That is unconstitutional and thank God the new head of EPA addressed this and said it is over.

    As to Public Broadcasting about time it is nothing but a liberal rag show and where is the money for an opposite view? Nowhere. So take it down.

    Then while at it President Trump, when are you going to mention that nobody in Congress had O care nor government workers, we want what congress has.

    1. The Redhawk says:

      and allow the FIRING of ALL and ANY Government Employee in need of FIRING!! Start @ VA>>>IRS>>> DOJ>>>and STATE

    2. gvette says:

      Remember Tiger, Barry was the one that gave them that power. He wanted to cut things, but as he’s a coward, he gave the power to EPA.
      You are correct. By law, that can’t make laws.

      1. Tiger says:

        Yes O did but they followed through and went, happily and gleefully against the law. “)

        Hey my friend here is some good news. A poster just gave this out seems some judges have come to their senses and chiding the 9th Districts taking Trump’s ban out, they realize they are not the Executive branch.

        http://ijr.com/2017/03/826494-judges-9th-circuit-just-torched-courts-decision-trump-travel-ban-correct-many-obvious-errors/?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=conservative-daily&utm_medium=owned

    3. metheoldsarge says:

      Cuts on EPA and PBS and foreign aid are good starts but we need to identify the countries that are grateful for the help and those who hate us. Seems to me that all we need to do is stop sending the billions of dollars we send in foreign aid to countries that hate us. Why pay them to hate us when I am sure they will be happy to hate us for nothing. Just to name a few countries, Mexico, Guatemala El Salvador Honduras and Belize come to mind. The leaders of these countries are transporting people to our borders to cross over as illegals.

      The money for foreign aid we give them is supposed to help the people and the children. I doubt that any more then a few cents on every dollar (If that much.) goes to the intended recipients. Their leaders live in palaces that dwarf the White House. Google it yourself and check it out. Makes me wonder how much of our tax Dollars go into the maintenance of those palaces. How much of our tax Dollars go into maintaining the lavish life styles of those leaders?

      I am sure you will find similar results if you Google other countries that hate us, but get billions from us in foreign aid. That money could be put to better use in this country. This is what happens when you have career politicians who care more about their own careers and the next election. In my opinion the best interest of the country and the people are way down on their priority lists if they are there at all.

      1. Tiger says:

        Again I don’t believe in foreign aid and I know for a fact that most of the food, medicine and aid we send to places like Gaza and other places goes straight to the military in those countries and to the leaders. It is a fool’s folly to think otherwise.

        Stop it and let the churches take care of these people in need, they certainly are doing a business for Muslim refugees coming here.

  • Oldawg70 says:

    It’s a good start but personally I think we should cease all foreign and domestic subsidies period! Balance a “reasonable” budget…until we manage to become debt free! Go Trump/Pence!

  • goldie says:

    Good Job, Mr. President! Now hog-tie and gag the judicial overreach which is stealing your rights as president and trying to do your job. We are behind you 1000%!

  • David Stewart says:

    That firecracker noise you may be hearing is simply lib’s heads exploding as their “social programs” (welfare) get the budgets pared! Lovely sound, isn’t it?

    1. goldie says:

      Music to my ears!

    2. Bob says:

      Sound more like a balloon to me than a fire cracker: Large expanding bag, empty except for the hot air. More “poof” (“pouf”?) than “pop”.

  • Jr1776 says:

    Better than apeasing everyone like Obammy

  • pappy450 says:

    FINALLY! A REAL “COMMANDER IN CHIEF” that cares deeply about AMERICA and HER LEGAL CITIZENS. THIS has been long overdue.

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  • Ramon1710 . says:

    Yes, yes, yes!

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