Budget cuts affect lives. Of course, Trump’s Budget cuts contradicts everything he promised Americans. The fact that he is cutting funding for economic and small business development baffles me. Isn’t he the famed capitalist who believed in entrepreneurship? Wasn’t he the candidate who promised to make America great again? I knew it was all bullshit and his budget cuts confirmed by intuition.
Wait… wasn’t he the candidate who promised to make America great again by getting Americans off their ass and back to work again? I knew it was all bullshit and his budget cuts confirmed by intuition. I am not sure how you can eliminate programs that give resources and capital to small businesses to create new jobs and promise a sudden emergence of jobs in the same breath…
Every time I hear the song, “Cut it” by O.T Genesis, I think of the Trump administration.
It appears as though there is a plot twist in the American fairytale. Let’s quickly examine how the story has changed from the lies he spewed in his campaign trail and how the budget reveals the truth of his true intentions.
Here’s a list of the various federal agencies reportedly on the chopping block, along with some of their key initiatives — and some of the jobs supported.
National Endowment for the Arts
- Budget: $150 million
- Cost per American: $0.46
Art is the only escape we have from the God forsaken daily grind.
The NEA supports art, and those who make it, across the country. Eliminating funding would kill hundreds of programs, like Art 365, which grants five Oklahoma artists $12,000 to support their work. Past grantees photographed “remote portions of our National Parks and wilderness areas,” and used aerial photography to look at churchgoing demographics in Oklahoma.
Minority Business Development Agency
- Budget: $36 million
- Cost per American: $0.11
A huge contradiction. I thought business development is what makes America great? Hmmm, I love how budget cuts reveal a candidate’s true intentions after he’s elected.
This federal agency helps minority-owned businesses “with the capital, contracts, and markets they need to grow,” according to its website. The agency also advocates and promotes “minority-owned business with elected officials, policymakers, and business leaders.”
The MBDA says it helped a minority-owned construction company in Phoenix, for instance, secure $60 million in loans — which allowed the company to expand operations and hire more employees.
Economic Development Administration
- Budget: $215 million
- Cost per American: $0.66
Hold up! Wait a minute – didn’t Donald Trump taut on his campaign trail how horrible America’s infrastructure is compared to other countries?
Oh and how he will make America look great again. Yet, this budget cut contradicts his statements. Obviously making inner cities look great again is not in his plans.
The EDA supports “distressed communities with their infrastructure needs that will help drive regional growth,” promotes “economic development projects that spur entrepreneurship and innovation at the regional level,” and “provides direct technical assistance to firms negatively impacted by global trade.”
What does this mean? Seven years ago, the EDA gave a $2 million grant to the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Institute to buy new scientific equipment, in turn providing lab space that would support other high-tech companies in the area. The EDA says the grant ended up creating 184 jobs, saving another 110, and attracting another $500,000 in private investment.
International Trade Administration
This budget cut makes me believe in the stereotypes surrounding Gemini’s. This is a complete contradiction to what Trump’s grand plans were to make America great again.
I distinctively remember Trump stating he wants to change international trade agreements to benefit The United States. How is this budget cut accomplishing that? This is a complete joke!
- Budget: $521 million
- Cost per American: $1.60
The ITA helps American businesses sell more products to overseas markets. One beneficiary was the Iron Fist Brewing Company, located in Vista, California. A representative of the San Diego U.S. Export Assistance Center connected with the brewery at a convention in 2013, and helped them export to Australia, Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, among others. Iron Fist hired two more employees thanks to new export revenue, the ITA reports.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership
- Budget: $142 million
- Cost per American: $0.43
Trump stated he wanted America to start creating their own products again! This budget cut determined that was a lie! (In My Maury Povich voice)
This is a so-called public-private partnership that helps small to medium-sized manufacturers become more efficient, build new products, and improve sales and marketing techniques. Missoula, Mont.-based organic soap wholesaler Botanie used their local MEP affiliate to help keep pace with their growing business — by, for instance, using more sophisticated technologies to track inventory. The MEP says it helped Botanie save $280,000 and retain six jobs.
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
I agree with Trump on this budget cut. No arguments here!
- Budget: $286 million
- Cost per American: $0.88
The majority of COPS’ annual budget is dedicated to hiring more police personnel to help local communities improve their policing. Last October, the Justice Department announced $119 million in grant funding for 184 law enforcement agencies across the country — resulting in 900 created or saved jobs, the office reports. Among the recipients was the Dallas Police Department, which had lost five officers in an ambush a few months earlier; it got $3.1 million to hire 25 officers.
Office of Violence Against Women
This is disappointing but not surprising. Women and children get treated very poorly in the U.S being that 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these murder-suicides are female. Not to mention, child protection is a joke in this country.
- Budget: $480 million
- Cost per American: $1.48
The OVW runs 25 grant programs created through the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, in an effort to reduce domestic violence, sexual assault and dating violence. The police department and city government of Andalusia, Ala., for instance, received a $450,000 grant over three years that will cover domestic violence training for officers as well as the hiring of three additional police officers.
Legal Services Corporation
Of course, Donald Trump’s close friends are huge investors for private prisons and cutting legal services for the poor will guarantee those cells stay full. This is a huge problem, especially for African Americans.
How can we combat this budget cut as a collective? Start a legal fund ourselves. Legal services for the poor are essential in our fight against mass incarceration…
Imagine is 30 million Americans donated $5 a month to start a legal fund? There is power in the collective!
- Budget: $503 million
- Cost per American: $1.55
The LSC helps poor Americans afford legal services, currently funding “134 independent legal aid organizations with more than 800 offices” in the U.S. For instance, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society — which served nearly 33,000 people in 2015, including about 15,000 children — received $3.8 million last year, supporting 109 positions. Two-thirds of clients served were African-Americans.
Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department
Who needs civil rights? According to white liberals and conservatives, racism is dead and longer exist so it makes since they would slash the budget for the Civil Rights Division.
- Budget: $156 million
- Cost per American: $0.48
The Civil Rights Division, a part of the Justice Department that employs 750 positions, works to fight discrimination and protect Americans’ voting rights. Recently a Civil Rights Division investigation of the Chicago Police Department found that “CPD officers’ practices unnecessarily endanger themselves and result in unnecessary and avoidable uses of force.” The city of Chicago and the Justice Department reached an agreement to improve the city’s policing practices.
Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department
I agree with this budget slash for the simple fact that this organization purposely ignores the water crisis in Flint and other environmental disasters affecting people in the inner cities, poor neighborhoods, and urban jurisdictions. They aren’t doing anything grand in my eyes. So cut it!
- Budget: $123 million
- Cost per American: $0.38
The ENRD brings cases against those who break pollution-related laws. In one recent case, the division levied a $160,000 penalty against Iowa’s Meadowvale Dairy for violating the Clean Water Act.
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
I agree this needs to be cut. This benefits Iraqi businesses.
- Budget: Self-sustaining
- Cost per American: $0
Using both loans and loan guarantees, OPIC works to help businesses with annual revenues below $400 million invest in “large scale” operations, such as airports and water systems. “Over the past five years, 71 percent of OPIC projects were in partnership with U.S. small businesses, accounting for over $600 million annually in U.S. exports,” according to the State Department. One recent OPIC effort, for instance, provided an $87 million, 17-year loan, to a U.S. company, Al Tamweel Al Saree, to extend loans to micro and small-sized Iraqi businesses.
UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Trump promised in his campaign to get rid of any initiatives set on climate change. This budget cut proves he is delivering on that promise. Sad!
- U.S. Funding: Estimated $10 million
- Cost per American: $0.03
Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy Reliability
If we have greedy, capitalist villains who vow to make every resource a monopoly for the rich, initiatives like this get obliterated.
- Budget: $262 million
- Cost per American: $0.81
Created after the 2003 blackout left nearly 50 million Americans and Canadians without power, the OE invests in the electric grid to make it more modern, reliable and secure. The agency recently released a comprehensive report on how America can improve energy allocation.
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
- Budget: $2.9 billion
- Cost per American: $8.95
The EERE works “to create and sustain American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy.” What does that look like? In one recent demonstration project, the EERE helped a South Carolina-based BMW plant use bio-methane gas from a nearby landfill to power some forklifts.
Office of Fossil Energy
- Budget: $878 million
- Cost per American: $2.71
With projects like the development of clean coal technology, this office works to reduce the carbon footprint of fossil fuels. Its Petra Nova project, based in Thompsons, Texas, is now “the world’s largest post-combustion carbon-capture system.” Petra Nova received $190 million from the Department of Energy, and has the potential to capture “1.6 million tons of CO2 per year from an existing coal-fired power plant.”
Source: Time.com/U.S Budget Analysis
By Janell Hihi