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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

66 more reasons to love President Trump

The Hill just posted, "66 programs eliminated in Trump's budget."

They are a mass of boondoggles Congresses (mainly Democratic, but Republicans are almost as bad) created to use social problems to employ political operatives back home.

Bobby Byrd's Appalachian Regional Commission is the best example. It was supposed to close the gap in education, income, and the like in West Virginia and parts of 12 other states.

In the 50-plus years of the commission's existence, the gap widened.

The 66 programs waste "only" $26.7 billion a year, but they help re-elect rejects like Maxine Waters, Patrick Leahy, and the detestable Nancy Pelosi.

What President Trump is doing is putting everyone in that clown car we call Congress on the defense. They will have to go to the mat to keep the gravy rolling into the political coffers back home. Few people in Wet Virginia know of, much less benefit from, the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Make Pelosi and company waste political ammo defending Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Training.

From Brad Lena (after reading the post):
Misery is a Terrible Thing to Waste (and the government doesn’t)
Instead of pondering why have so many human miseries been turned into revenue streams the better query would be is there a human affliction that isn’t a revenue stream? While I’m certain there are exceptions it seems the spectrum of human experience is a condition that requires remediation, intervention, management and therapy. Of course, there are medical, physical and psychological conditions that deserve the very best humanity can provide. It is the other human misery that modernity chooses to monetize rather than prevent or ameliorate.
An earlier post -- Is Public Education Actually Educating Students? -- discusses the use of a person’s formative years of education to ensure ideological conformity rather than self-improvement, skill acquisition, personal autonomy and upward mobility. The neglect of these elements in curriculum results in the financial exploitation of human misery. The myriad of therapies, social services, self-help, fee-based counselors, therapists, etc., provide stark evidence of the subsidization, management and promotion that sustains the lucrative misery market. This utilitarian perspective of humanity, under the guise of “caring” is all the more abhorrent and reminiscent of “Arbeit Macht Frie.”
Cause and effect is not an ideological concept. It is impervious to racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, socio-economic status, education etc. It exists a priori of any human construct. For example, a person comes into contact with fire he/she gets burned, damaged impaired, etc. It is not necessary to actually get burned to learn to avoid being careless with fire.
Providing young people with relevant information regarding the cause and effect of actions/choices the evidence documents is destructive and detrimental is called education. Why, when so much evidence exists, is the consequence of sexual promiscuity, drug use, little education or skill, obesity, debt, etc. not mandatory part of public education? Why are the young being shielded from reality? In whose interest is this denial? It can’t be that it would be costly to include the school budget. It does not require infrastructure upgrades or technology acquisitions; so why?

Now back to the original post:

From the Hill:

Agriculture Department — $855 million

·       McGovern-Dole International Food for Education

·       Rural Business-Cooperative Service

·       Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program Account

·       Single Family Housing Direct Loans

Commerce Department — $633 million

·       Economic Development Administration

·       Manufacturing Extension Partnership

·       Minority Business Development Agency

·       National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Grants and Education

Education Department — $4.976 billion

·       21st Century Community Learning Centers

·       Comprehensive Literacy Development Grants

·       Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

·       Impact Aid Payments for Federal Property

·       International Education

·       Strengthening Institutions

·       Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

·       Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants

·       Teacher Quality Partnership

Energy Department — $398 million

·       Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy

·       Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program and Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program

·       Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility

Health and Human Services — $4.834 billion

·       Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

·       Community Services Block Grant

·       Health Professions and Nursing Training Programs

·       Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Homeland Security — $235 million

·       Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program

·       Transportation Security Administration Law Enforcement Grants

Housing and Urban Development — $4.123 billion

·       Choice Neighborhoods

·       Community Development Block

·       HOME Investment Partnerships Program

·       Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program Account

Interior Department — $122 million

·       Abandoned Mine Land Grants

·       Heritage Partnership Program

·       National Wildlife Refuge Fund

Justice Department — $210 million

·       State Criminal Alien Assistance Program

Labor Department — $527 million

·       Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Training

·       OSHA Training Grants

·       Senior Community Service Employment Program

State Department and USAID — $4.256 billion

·       Development Assistance

Earmarked Appropriations for Non-Profit Organizations

·       The Asia Foundation

·       East-West Center

·       P.L. 480 Title II Food Aid

State Department, USAID, and Treasury Department — $1.59 billion

·       Green Climate Fund and Global Climate Change Initiative

Transportation Department — $499 million

·       National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER)

Treasury Department — $43 million

·       Global Agriculture and Food Security Program

Environmental Protection Agency — $493 million

·       Energy Star and Voluntary Climate Programs

·       Geographic Programs

National Aeronautics and Space Administration — $269 million

·       Five Earth Science Missions

·       Office of Education

Other Independent Agencies — $2.683 billion

·       Chemical Safety Board

·       Corporation for National and Community Service

·       Corporation for Public Broadcasting

·       Institute of Museum and Library Services

International Development Foundations

·       African Development Foundation

·       Inter-American Foundation

·       Legal Services Corporation

·       National Endowment for the Arts

·       National Endowment for the Humanities

·       Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation

·       Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Regional Commissions

·       Appalachian Regional Commission

·       Delta Regional Authority

·       Denali Commission

·       Northern Border Regional Commission

·       U.S. Institute of Peace

·       U.S. Trade and Development Agency

·       Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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  1. That looks like a great start. Looking forward to 7 more years of cutting the lard.

  2. It looks good but it's barely a drop in the bucket. The big money is in Medicaid and "anti-poverty" programs. I am for helping the truly needy but I get hot under the collar when I see a mother at the convenience store next door buying her fat, dirty kids bags of candy and pop with a SNAP card while talking on a cell phone and buying cigarettes and cigar papers to roll blunts. No doubt the taxpayers also foot the bill for her rent and utilities, and HUD makes sure that landlords are well-compensated by paying rents that are usually at least twice the normal rates. Dang! You got me going. I'm going to go cool off a while. - Elric

  3. It's a good start. Quadruple this, and get busy on more cutting.

  4. Feel good story of the day. Reagan once said that the closest thing we see in this lifetime to eternal life is a government bureau. Maybe Trump can even prove Reagan wrong.

  5. They'll be calling this victory "Rout 66".

  6. By the time Ryan and McConnell get done all these programs will get additional funds.

  7. A very good start. Keep going and repeat this about 50 times and we'll be getting somewhere.