Last November, America experienced an election that shook the world like never before. There were many new contestants running for the finish line but it was the two in the end that got the most attention. Today, one of those people made it across the finish line (aka the electoral vote barrier). That person is Donald J. Trump, or as we call him now, President Trump. President Trump and his administration have been put down ever since he came into office. The Trump administration has been criticized in the spotlight, being known for its wide circumlocutions, unacceptable lies, and immature decisions. But recently, the administration has released a questionable budget proposal to Congress that seems less like a strategic play for our nation and more like a desperate attempt to breathe some life into campaign promises. The budget plan essentially gives $54 billion to defense and security agencies. Now this may seem all nice and dandy because it will keep us safe, but hold your high horses. We must question, where does that money come from? Well it comes from severe cuts to many federal agencies, many of which provide critical services to millions of Americans. It takes away funding from necessary programs that work towards a better America and the improvement of the lives of its people. Many agencies even face extinction within the new plan! I find the plan to be outrageous because it takes away funding from valuable programs that protect our environment, will cause the extinction of almost 20 different agencies, and takes away money for the research in fields such as medicine and renewable energy, both of which we will definitely need in the years to come.
In an article by CNBC, the budget plan and its effects were analyzed thoroughly. The biggest takeaways apart from the increase in defense spending was a 28% cut to the State Department and a massive 31% cut to Environmental Protection Agency, or the EPA. This is very troubling as these percentages amount to be billions of dollars lost to the agencies. An emphasis is places on the EPA as it provides protection for wildlife throughout our nation and its importance grows everyday due to the dark path that our world seems to be following in terms of the environment. Pollution gets worse every day and we roughen our future a bit every time we litter or smoke or emit greenhouse gases. A massive cut to the EPA would result in a cut in staff and programs (over 50 of them!). This is a critical time for us to stand up as a nation and protect the beautiful world we live in rather than to take away the funds that propel the agencies that protect it. The budget also cuts funds for the renewable energy research programs at the Energy Department, which is detrimental to our path towards a sustainable future. In my opinion, these moves are flat out wrong because although they may not hurt us much now, they will come back to sting us in the future when we have rid the Earth of life and the ability to habitat living things. I think that it is going to be decisions in legislation today that will determine the path we follow tomorrow and the decisions that this budget will make will lead to a path of regret. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure and this can’t be applied more heavily than now. It is up to us not simply as a nation but as human beings who sometimes mistakenly take the resources of planet Earth for granted to work now towards a better future so that our children and their grandchildren don’t suffer in their lives from the decisions we make today. Thus, this budget is a destructive piece of legislation that will harm us both as a nation as well as a community of human beings, and that is one of the reasons that I am strongly opposed to it.
In addition to devastating effects to the agencies that help protect our wildlife as well as our sustainability in the future, Trump’s budget plan could possibly lead to a complete cut in funding for many agencies, or in other words, extinction. The plan would lead to an extinction of 19 different agencies. Many of these agencies play integral roles in our community that would affect us greatly, and not in a good way. In an article by the Washington Post, agencies and companies such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated. The CPB is very important in our nation as it helps to support many of the nation’s local broadcasters and local stations. Without the CPB, many of these channels and broadcasters would be shut down and this would even lead to dead zones in the U.S where there wouldn’t be a radio station or such to fill in news for the citizens living there. The CPB also funds popular show companies such as NPR and PBS. As a person who very recently retired from childhood, I can say that taking out the company that funds PBS is a very sad move because it provides not only a lot of fun and enjoyment for families throughout the nation but also helps to teach our future generations fundamental knowledge that they will need later on. In addition to the CPB, the endowments for the arts and the humanities would bring a historical dip in cultural and artistic involvement in our communities. Doing so would result in a massive reduction of such activities that are critical to our communities. The plan would also jeopardize the prominence of arts and humanities in our societies and even shun the dreams of many people who wish to succeed in said fields. The plan would also attack corporations such as the Corporation for National and Community Service, Legal Services Corporation, and Interagency Council on Homelessness. The CNCS helps veterans who need aid in their lives, whether it be medical, financial, or other. Removing such an important foundation would mean that we wouldn’t be able to take good care of our veterans, and that is unacceptable to me as a person because that shows absolutely no respect for the people who were willing to give up their lives in return for the freedom and peace that we enjoy. I think that our face as a nation would be stained if we are not able to take care of our finest mean and women. The Legal Services Corporation and the Interagency Council on Homelessness both help to provide legal services and federal aid to the poor and homelessness. Taking them away would result in more people living on the streets and increase the gap between the rich and the poor more than ever before. In fact, another agency that would face a cut in its budget (not necessarily extinction) is one that funds the renowned Meals on Wheels campaign, which delivers food to poor and homeless families across the nation. The cut would result in more people straining to live their lives in poverty and never being able to climb out of the hole dug by Donald trump’s budget plan. These are only some of the agencies that would be brought to their knees because of President Trump’s proposed budget, and I think that they are elemental parts of our society that need to be preserved and not eradicated.
As we can see, the budget plan isn’t beneficial to our nation. But even if we take into account the increase in defense spending that will increase our safety as a nation, we will pay a big price for it that I simply do not believe is worth paying. As you can see in the image below, many departments and agencies will experiences many losses while their losses will mean gains for the defense agencies.
In my view, the plan calls for us to protect us from the outside world but starts killing us from the inside. Now you may be wondering why President Trump may have released such a plan in the first place? The reason is that it is simply a hollow act to seem as if he is fulfilling the promises he made during his campaign in the 2016 election. His promises of increased security became extremely popular among his votes, due largely to the terrorism crisis happening in today’s world. To seem like he is acting and to please his voters, he is taking away many of our core aspects that will harm in many more ways than his plan will benefit us. It is also reasonable considering that President trump has historically low approval ratings from the public and the decreasing approval has pushed President Trump to make desperate attempts at prevailing in the presidency, such as this budget plan. Regardless of the motives or the intentions, the budget plan in one that will harm us in many more ways than it will benefit us. It will take away essential parts of our community. I think that we should let the idea of this budget plan stay as an idea and nothing more, for if we do pass it as a piece of legislation, we will have set our downfall into stone.