Regardless of your political leanings, it is important to be educated on the budget cuts President Trump is proposing as it does have an impact on the future of this country and the citizens who inhabit it…
I’m not here to lambaste Donald Trump on his choice of budget cuts. America does need to tighten its belt, and government waste is a genuine problem. Encouraging efficiency and a stinger attitude among bureaucrats is a worthy goal. I disagree, however, with many of the things Trump is both spending on, and also with what’s being cut.
I’ll be honest, I also don’t agree with the border wall. For one, I doubt it’ll be very effective, migrants can simply tunnel underneath, or else take to the ocean and sail around the wall. That’s assume that a wall can actually be built across the entire border, and that it’s not easy to just scale over it. It’s one thing to control immigration, it’s another to engage in such a costly construction project.
Anyways, let’s not worry about spending for right now and instead look at five cuts that could hurt Americans.
1. Meals On Wheels- Will Older People to Starve?
Nearly 2.5 million low income seniors depend on Meals on Wheels. Elderly individuals suffer from limited mobility and many cannot drive or do not have a car. The Meals on Wheels program ensures that the elderly have access to food. Unfortunately, cuts to the Community Development Block Grant may put an end to this program, or else severely restrict funding.
2. The National Institute of Health- Lose Competitive Edge in Medical Field
America’s health care system is troubled. America’s health care research industry, however, is unparalleled. Government funding is vital for fundamental research that isn’t profitable because the risks and outcomes are too uncertain. Companies prefer applied research that is more predictable both in terms of outcomes and profits. Budget cuts to the NIH could greatly slow the research industry, allowing competing countries to pull ahead. Further, research on dangerous diseases, such as Zika, may grind to a halt.
3. Eliminating the Appalachian Regional Commission
The Appalachian Regional Commission has been one of the front-runners in trying to uplift the Appalachian mountain region, which is one of the poorest in the country. It’s also home to both Republicans and Democrats. Established in 1965 to promote and nurture industries across some of the poorest areas of the country, President Trump is looking to shutter this program completely. Ironically, Appalachian voters were vital to propelling President Trump to victory.
4. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program- Frozen Out
Heating a home can be expensive, but in many areas of the country it is necessary for survival. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program has provided $3 billion dollars per year to keep the heat on in poor households. Now, those households are at risk of being left out in the cold.
5. Decreased Support for Low-Income College Students
The Pell Grant will lose about $3.9 billion dollars. This program has been vital for providing low income students with a chance to attend university. Unfortunately, its future is very much in doubt. These cuts will affect the upward mobility of working class families across Appalachia, the Midwest, the South, and elsewhere. Often construed as a “race” issue, the Pell Grant is widely used by people of all heritages.
Regardless of your political leanings, it is important to be educated on the budget cuts President Trump is proposing as it does have an impact on the future of this country and the citizens who inhabit it.
Brian Brinker is an OpsLens Contributor and political consultant. Brinker has an M.A in Global Affairs from American University.
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