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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Oh, baby. “Dramatic” cuts are coming to federal government


The cuts to the departments of Transportation, State and Justice were already expected. Several of their functions can easily be streamlined or combined into other departments. The Department of Energy under Rick Perry can have several of its more expensive functions reduced or transferred as well. (One possibility which has been under discussion this week is moving the control and maintenance of the nuclear arsenal into Defense where it would seem to make a lot more sense anyway.) 
But it’s some of the other cuts which are probably going to draw gasps of horror from Trump’s more liberal detractors. Currently on the list is the complete elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. Additionally, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized. If you thought there were going to be liberal marches in the streets tomorrow, just wait until those three go into effect. 
The total savings to the federal government’s bottom line from all of these moves? How about $10.5 trillion over 10 years.
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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure where this is coming from. May well be a "false flag." If you are the incoming administration why would you put this out there before your Cabinet heads have been confirmed? Seems to me the Congressional Committees would use the opportunity to make the appointees answer about potential cuts prior to confirmation. This to get them on record or justify opposing. Does not make sense.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:39:00 pm  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

Work like this....
Trump walks in the door, and tells the relevant dept heads,
'your budget is hereby reduced by 10% this year and 10% next.
You will make cuts only in administrative personnel having no contact with the people.
If performance falls off, I will replace you. PUBLICLY.
Good luck and report your progress to me in 14 days.'

Friday, January 20, 2017 10:27:00 am  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Epa,
Trump would know how to do that.

Friday, January 20, 2017 1:52:00 pm  

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