Well, the DJT budget proposal was released and it is every bit as horrible as anticipated.
The Department of Education would basically be turned into a funding clearinghouse for for-profit charter and private schools. (Because we've seen how great the results are when only people who can pay for schooling get to choose their kids' school.)
Labor would lose job-training arms. (Because we've seen how great the results are when you don't help train your future employees.)
HUD would lose significant ability to help people find housing. (Because homelessness is not a problem for the people who matter to this administration.)
SBA would lose significant ability to help people build businesses. (Because the people who matter to this administration can get money from each other.)
They might as well shut these departments down altogether.
That is, of course, exactly what I think is intended.
Don't even get me started on the elimination of funding for Meals-on-Wheels. That is a line item of such blatant viciousness, I frankly hope anybody who sees that and thinks "yeah, it's a waste of money" develops every disease known to man and dies alone in a pool of their own feces.
Big ranty point here: I don't care that even the McConnell Congress (which has amply demonstrated its love of government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich) will never pass this budget as written.
I care that this festering boil has released it as a blueprint for "making America great again." Everybody needs to take a close look at the nations that are already run this way. They are not nice places to live.
Back to the summary:
State Department funds and functions are significantly cut. (Because nothing makes a nation more great than pretending it can operate without reference to the rest of the world.)
Transportation funds for infrastructure are cut by half a billion dollars. (Because all that bullshit about increased spending on infrastructure was just bullshit.)
NASA, Energy and Commerce would lose research arms. (Because we've seen how great the results are when research is privately funded.)
Agriculture and EPA would lose a lot of staffers. (Because we've seen how great the results are when ten people try to do the work of 100.)
EPA, of course, is basically shut down under this proposal. (Because there's nothing more great than a nation that prioritizes short-term profits over long-term environmental and citizen health.)
Then there's the stuff like eliminating funding for all 49 National Historic Sites. (Because there's nothing more great than a nation that does not honor and learn from its history.)
Oh yes, and there's privatizing air-traffic control. Which means handing it over to a private company. Anybody want to take bets on which of DJT's friends are gunning for that fat contract?
And infuriatingly, the trivially small budgets for the NEA, NEH, and PBS are eliminated. Because there's nothing more great than a nation that does not support arts and education.
Meanwhile, Homeland Security funds shared with the states are eliminated, but the proposal calls for hiring up to 1500 more federal border patrol and immigration officers. (Because a national police force always makes a nation great. And is certainly all about protecting states' rights.)
Think that one over for a second: we have Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Secret Service (i.e. Treasury agents), ATF, FBI, CIA, CBP and ICE. There's also the TSA. That's TWELVE national armed forces under central control, and the DJT budget wants to prioritize the growth of these armed forces over just about everything else.
According to the DHS itself, there are only five armed forces. But I say when your central government puts weapons in the hands of its employees, it is creating armed forces.
The more of these armed government employees there are, in more far-reaching branches, with broader powers, the closer you are to having a police state. How many armed employees of the federal government does this add up to? Do you feel safer now? I sure as hell don't.