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Trump's Budget Blueprint Mirrors Reagan's From 1981 and More in Politics Today

by Countable | 3.20.17

It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:

1. In Trump’s blueprint to reorder the federal government, echoes of Reagan ’81

President Trump’s governing blueprint represents the most ambitious effort to cut domestic spending and pare back the federal government since former president Ronald Reagan came to Washington in 1981. Whether it will come close to accomplishing the president’s ambitions is a far different question.

Many governors are anxiously watching the early moves of the Trump administration, wondering whether changes in programs, whether big-ticket ones like Medicaid or smaller programs targeted for elimination, will put greater burdens on the states unless there is significantly more flexibility built in.

Read more at The Washington Post.

Read more about the winners and losers in the budget at *Countable.*

2. Trump wants to cut the NEA and NEH. This is the worst-case scenario for arts groups

The budget plan, which calls for the elimination of four independent cultural agencies — the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting...would radically reshape the nation’s cultural infrastructure.

...the United States has a unique arts funding system that has proved effective in the past 52 years at growing the larger arts economy. NEA funds, for example, are predicated on matching funds from state arts agencies, a powerful incentive to states to keep local arts funding alive. That has helped spur the creation of state arts councils in all 50 states, as well as about 5,000 funding groups at the local level."

Read more at The Washington Post.

3. House Republicans buck Trump, call for climate change solutions

Seventeen Republican members of Congress from diverse districts—including representatives from coastal Southeastern states, Nevada, Utah, upstate New York and Pennsylvania—submitted a resolution in the House Wednesday acknowledging that "human activities" have had an impact on global climate and resolving to create and support “economically viable” mitigation efforts.

One of the resolution’s signatories is Representative Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), who represents a section of his state known as the Low Country. Sanford, who grew up on a farm in the area, says he has seen firsthand the effects of rising sea levels, in acreage lost to salt water.

"I just think there is inherent danger in the three-monkey routine—see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil—related to climate change. To deny its existence is to deny what our country was founded on. The Founding Fathers designed a reason-based political system, and without reason the system doesn’t work."

Read more at Newsweek.

4. US tourism experiences a 'Trump slump'

Interest in travel to the US has "fallen off a cliff" since Donald Trump’s election, according to travel companies who have reported a significant drop in flight searches and bookings since his inauguration and controversial travel ban.

It is the latest in a string of reports from the travel industry that suggests a "Trump slump", with the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) estimating that since being elected President Trump has cost the US travel industry $185m in lost revenue.

Read more at the guardian.

5. Large sections of Australia’s Great Reef are now dead, scientists find

Huge sections of the Great Barrier Reef, stretching across hundreds of miles of its most pristine northern sector, were recently found to be dead, killed last year by overheated seawater. More southerly sections around the middle of the reef that barely escaped then are bleaching now, a potential precursor to another die-off that could rob some of the reef’s most visited areas of color and life.

If most of the world’s coral reefs die, as scientists fear is increasingly likely, some of the richest and most colorful life in the ocean could be lost, along with huge sums from reef tourism. In poorer countries, lives are at stake: Hundreds of millions of people get their protein primarily from reef fish, and the loss of that food supply could become a humanitarian crisis.

Read more at The New York Times.

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: White House Photo Office / Public Domain)

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  • Chris
    03/17/2017
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    Trickle Down Economics was, is and always will be a huge disaster. You Republicans OWN THIS PRESIDENT FOR GOOD.

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  • Erin
    03/16/2017
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    To all the local farmers who voted for TP, how are you liking the proposed 20% cut the the Dept of Agriculture? For those in West Virginia, sorry about the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Economic Development Administration. Oh, and for those of you who wanted to breathe clean air, the EPA will be cut by 31%. And if you wanted an education? 13.5% cuts to an already underfunded Department of Education. For the poor? You didn't actually need the Department for Housing and Urban Development, or Section 4 for Community Development and Affordable Housing, right? Or affordable healthcare? Oh, and who needs the arts? That never did anything for anybody. Thanks for doing your part in making America "great" again! You must be so proud!

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  • Carol
    03/16/2017
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    We want schools, education, hospitals, roads, clean water and air. Please fight the dismantling of the institutions that can allow for this.

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  • Linda
    03/17/2017
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    Do NOT support cutting funding to the NIH or the DOE or the EPA or the National Endowment of the Arts! Do NOT let stupid and aggressive win the day!

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  • Wesley
    03/16/2017
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    This budget is so heinous it is not funny. The American people need clean air and clean water, we need fair institutions for Learning, the arts need to take center stage.

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  • Judith
    03/17/2017
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    It wasn't a good idea for Reagan and isn't a good idea now. Stop cutting arts and science and start listening to the people! The economy suffered under Reagan. We don't need another recession.

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  • xtinaten
    03/17/2017
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    This budget vision document totally disregards the lives of people in this country and oversimplifies excuses for justification of cuts that aren't just to slow growth in some way, but meant to totally kill entire programs or agencies. I imagine that if implemented in any way close to the way it was written that extreme chaos will occur. I sure encourage all my representatives to vote against anything that will cause real damage to your constituents and all families and children no matter what your conservative values are. You will be held responsible for the health and wellbeing of those in your district.

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  • Deborah
    03/16/2017
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    This budget is a disaster. We want schools, education, hospitals, roads, the arts, clean water and air. Please fight the dismantling of the institutions that can allow for this.

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  • Julie
    03/17/2017
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    Boo! Do we have to relive history. TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS didn't work in the 1980s and it won't work now unless you want the 1% to get richer. Dumb dumb dumb!

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  • JamisonH
    03/16/2017
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    This budget will not lead to increased safety and United States, if anything it damages our future moving forward. Don't let Donald Trump harm the most of the most vulnerable of our citizens to line his friends pockets.

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  • Shawna
    03/16/2017
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    I want strict national controls for protecting our environment as dirty air and polluted streams are not constrained by state borders. Corporate interests and profits are a higher priority than the ONE planet earth that we must protect to survive. Defunding and dismantling the EPA and its regulations is criminal!

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  • A
    03/16/2017
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    This didn't work out well for us then and we aren't even in a Cold War!

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  • Mary
    03/17/2017
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    Why are you cutting funding on organizations that have proven their worth for many years and funding our war machine that haven't won a war since ww2 and help create terrorist groups like Isis?

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  • Msmontville
    03/16/2017
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    I want strict national controls for protecting our environment as dirty air and polluted streams are not constrained by state borders. Corporate interests and profits are a higher priority than the ONE planet earth that we must protect to survive. Defunding and dismantling the EPA and its regulations is criminal!

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  • NorthTexas
    03/17/2017
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    Stand up for Texans! People are getting notices that their land is going to be stollen for a wall. What is their option take pennies on the dollar of the value or have it taken outright. Some of these people have lived on that land for generations and it is going to be stollen from them. Stand up for your people. This budget steals money from other programs to pay for a wall. Promises were made that we would not have to pay for a wall. If he can't get the money like he said then he shouldn't get a wall. Don't let him skip out on the bill and pass it on to the people. Stand up for Texas. Stand up for your people.

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  • Lois
    03/17/2017
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    Trump's budget mirrors Reagan's. It didn't work for Reagan, and it won't work now. Trickle down economics doesn't work. Tax cuts do not stimulate the economy. Military spending does not make us safer. And taking away people's land to build a stupid wall is offensive.

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  • Sharon
    03/16/2017
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    In spite of today's veneration of Reagan the roots of homelessness today were laid down by kicking mentally ill people out of institutions without adequate care or housing. Today jails are the largest residential program for the mentally ill. Complex problems demand thoughtful, knowledgeable legislation. Government IS responsible for collaborative and reasoned out legislation for the well being of its citizens. We are diverse people with a vast array of needs. Paramount is caring for our planet.

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  • Joan
    03/17/2017
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    Reaganomics did not work for the great majority of citizens or the economy and it will not work this time either. Those who do not know history are doomed to to repeat it.

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  • Ben
    03/17/2017
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    Please continue to fight Trump and the republican congress's nationalist, race baiting, fear based, attack on the poor and less fortunate. I want to continue to help my country by raising up all my neighbors, my extended community and those Americans who are less fortunate....

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  • Maddie
    03/16/2017
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    Ignoring the environmental effects humans have on the planet is simply unacceptable. Losing culture of arts for military spending? This sounds more like some kind of futuristic regime where we have nothing but militants and borders. Americans should ALWAYS come first as well as our safety, but we have those things. Maybe some minor adjustments could be made but not like this. We need public education, our ecosystems, sustainability, culture. Please don't vote for this.

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