President Donald J. Trump wants to show the world that his administration believes in military might and a strong, autonomous America. His “hard power” budget is just one indication that the Obama-era days of weakness, entitlements, and caring for everyone but our own have ended.
The Washington Times reports – President Trump’s first budget will call Thursday for a dramatic shift from the “soft power” diplomacy of the Obama era to a “hard power” military buildup, cutting the State Department by 28 percent in a slashing of foreign aid, boosting Pentagon spending by 10 percent and budgeting more than $4 billion to start construction of a border wall with Mexico.
The spending blueprint that Mr. Trump is submitting to Congress would provide more money for agencies responsible for national security and border enforcement, as well as veterans’ benefits and education.
Nearly everything else in the federal government, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the IRS, is targeted for cuts.
Federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, long a target of conservative ire, would be eliminated. The CPB received $445 million in taxpayer dollars in fiscal 2016.
Some of President Obama’s cherished programs, such as federal support for alternative energy and climate change initiatives, are on the chopping block. The EPA is slated for a cut of 31 percent.
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