“This is the end of Reaganism,” former Senator Tom Coburn, a conservative hero, told me. The three-legged stool of strong defense, small government, and conservatism on social issues has been smashed.President Trump not only brought it back to life, but bigger and better than ever. His budget proposal builds the military and eliminates 80 unnecessary, ineffective, and intrusive federal programs.
Earlier today, I explained why the Appalachian Regional Commission must go, because as a West Virginian, I know what a boondogggle this is.
Bloomberg listed 19 independent agencies and 61 programs within Cabinet offices that Trump wants to close.
There is the African Development Foundation, which Bloomberg said, "Provides grants to community groups and small businesses that help marginalized communities in Africa."
It's a Carter creation that operates in Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
You see any place on that list that is better off today than it was 37 years ago when this agency began? Certainly not Zimbabwe.
There is the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, created 30 years ago it "coordinates with federal agencies to prevent and end homelessness." You know who else was a coordinator? Fred Sanford on "Sanford and Son." Are the homeless better off? Only if they got jobs with this agency.
There is the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program within the Department of Transportation. Obama created it in 2009 to help the nation recover from a recession. That recession is long gone. This program should be gone too.
There is the Community Development Block Grant Program -- the mother of all federal slush funds. HUD gives cities and states $3 billion a year to hand out to politically connected cronies and allies. Many "black community leaders" are tied to a group receiving CDBG money (pronounced "Seedy-B-G money").
There is the EPA's Energy Star program, which has gone so overboard with requiring appliances to be "energy efficient" that washers no longer wash clothes clean.
On paper, these are all nice things to have. But we cannot afford them. Sorry.
The real test is whether Republican congressmen and senators are willing to let their programs go.
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