America the loser with ‘America First’ - Editorial

America the loser with ‘America First’

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 11:20 am

In selling the new administration’s astonishingly thin budget proposal last week, Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney said that it “represents a president who is beholden to nobody but the voters.” “He is following through on his promises,” Mulvaney went on. “We did not consult with special interests on how to write this budget. We did not consult with lobbyists on how to write this budget. The president’s team wrote this budget, and that’s what you’ll see in the numbers.”

But as a statement of intent, President Donald Trump’s “America First” budget plan doesn’t seem to put Americans first. The $1.1 trillion proposal, which covers discretionary spending only, contains a $54 billion increase in defense spending while slashing and eliminating just about everything else. Slated for the chopping block are a raft of jobs in the federal bureaucracy as well as programs long the target of budget-busting Republicans, such as the National Endowment for the Arts. But so is the $20 million-per-year Nonprofit Security Grant Program – the Department of Homeland Security project funds security upgrades to such institutions as JCCs and Jewish day schools, which have recently been the target of multiple waves of bomb threats.

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