Lest we forget that these are just percentages, and comparing them like for like doesn’t do the scale of this financial redistribution justice. The EPA, for example, has an annual budget of $8.1 billion. This cut would take it down to around $5.7 billion.
The US Department of Defense (DoD) has an annual budget of $599 billion as of 2015. Trump’s budget, if approved by Congress, would bump this up to $659 billion, a monetary jump of $60 billion.
At the same time, the EPA is losing $2.4 billion. This is a lot for the EPA to lose, but compared to the DoD increase, it’s nothing at all. The Trump administration is implying that agencies like the EPA need to be cut in order to boost the nation’s defensive capabilities, but a bit of simple arithmetic leaves this logic wanting.
You can protect the nation and look after the environment at the same time. In fact, as Trump’s own Defense Secretary recently said, the two are interlinked more than most realize.
The budget is likely to anger even moderate Republicans in Congress, many of whom think that the cuts are going too far. Most Democrats will likely do all they can to fight against this unusually harsh budget.
At the same time as this is being debated, the GOP’s American Healthcare Reform Act of 2017, which is designed to replace Obamacare, is being slated by almost every sector of society and plenty of lawmakers on both sides of the isle.
Not only will it leave the poor, sick, and elderly far worse off than they have been in living memory when it comes to health insurance, but as we’ve previously reported, it will strip mental health care away from tens of millions of additional Americans.
Ah well. At least waging war will be slightly easier.