Donald Trump is set to take an ax to government spending. His elimination of public services is dramatic and very disturbing.
Under Trump’s plan the departments of Justice, State, Energy, Transportation, and Commerce will all have their budgets dramatically slashed. And several programs that fall under their jurisdiction will be eliminated entirely.
Trump plans to privatize both NPR and PBS. And he plans to eliminate altogether the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
On Thursday, staff on Trump’s transition team spoke to The Hill about these massive changes.
“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.”
Many of the members of Trump’s transition team previously worked for the Heritage Foundation. So it comes as no surprise that Trump’s plan mirrors the 2016 Heritage Foundation plan. It is also very similar to the 2017 budget adopted by the Republican Study Committee (RSC).
Trump’s entire budget plan is expected to be released in April. If he, in fact, follows through on his promises and makes all of these drastic cuts to public services, it will be the most extreme plan ever proposed by the Republican Party.