This Thursday, President Trump released his budget proposal. The 62 page document titled, America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, only deals with discretionary spending (read it doesn’t touch on entitlement programs) which makes up just 1/3 of the overall budget. As he promised on the campaign trail, he’s asking for serious cuts, save for defense spending which he is asking to be increased by $25B this fiscal year, and $54B next.
Massive cuts to the discretionary budget?!
Yes, this is real life.
The leftwing media and democrats are unsurprisingly freaking out, Big Bird is going to be homeless! But Big Bird’s been working for HBO since 2015 so he’s (I’m assuming gender here, apologies) going to be fine just fine. The same cannot be said for employees at the EPA, HUD, HHS, DoT, Commerce, Labor, and Interior Departments.
Via CNN (emphasis added):
Here’s a look at some of the major cuts in the President’s budget blueprint:• Health and Human Services, the department responsible for implementing Obamacare and its proposed repeal, would face a $12.6 billion cut — a 16.2% decrease• Environmental Protection Agency: $2.6 billion, or 31.4%• State Department: $11 billion, or 28.7%• Labor Department: $2.5 billion, or 20.7%• Agriculture Department: $5 billion, or 20.7%• US Army Corps of Engineers: $1 billion, a 16.3% cut• Cuts National Institutes of Health spending by $5.8 billion, a nearly 20% cut. Also overhauls NIH to focus on “highest priority” efforts and eliminates the Fogarty International Center.• Other double-digit cuts include Commerce at 15.7%; Education at 13.5%; Housing and Urban Development at 13.2%; Transportation at 12.7%, and Interior at 11.7%.
It doesn’t have to be this way. We just had an election about change, about draining the swamp. President Trump promised to be different, and I believe he sincerely wants to be. But he is being taken for a ride through the swamp right now on “Obamacare Lite.”
For four STRAIGHT elections, REPUBLICANS ran on repealing Obamacare, and now “Republican orthodoxy” — I’m told — is keeping insurance subsidies, mandates, taxes, and insurance company bailouts.
That’s not acceptable to me. And it isn’t keeping our promise.
Though I want to believe the glass is half full, I am tempted, very tempted, to smash a glass half full of Obamacare Lite — smash that glass to smithereens!
Hear! Hear! Let’s smash that glass of ObamaCare Lite, which as far as we know is non-alcoholic so it’s just begging to be smashed to smithereens, and bring an end this idiocy.
On its way out the door in January, the Obama administration rushed to lock in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) standards at 54.5 miles per gallon for light duty vehicles by 2025. The final determination also calculated that the higher CAFE standards would save American drivers nearly $100 billion in fuel costs by 2025.
Today, President Donald Trump told a cheering audience of auto industry workers in Michigan: “We’re going to work on the CAFE standards so you can make cars in America again. We’re going to help companies so they are going to help you. We’re going to be the car capital of the world again.”
New EPA administrator Scott Pruitt also announced today that the agency in coordination with the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will reconsider the final determination and decide by April 1, 2018 whether the Obama-era CAFE standards will stand. The reconsideration of the stringent CAFE standards is taking place at the request of American automakers who argue in a February letter to Pruitt that they are unachievable using currently foreseen automotive technologies. In its letter the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers asserts that the Obama Administration’s EPA final determination is “riddled with indefensible assumptions” regarding available technologies, consumer acceptance, technology affordability, and industry employment effects.
The inane EPA standards have forced companies to manufacture costly “compliance cars” that no one wants to drive. Eric Peters explains:
[T]he compliance car – is a car designed to fail. A car they know ahead of time won’t sell, that they’ll have to give away at a loss.
And they build it anyway.
And continue to build it.
Why would auto manufactures build vehicles they know won’t sell? Peters continues;
[Compliance cars are] Purposely built as economic throw-aways, designed solely to comply with the “zero emissions” fatwas coming out of Washington and state capitals (California, particularly) that insist a certain number of these things will be built each year.