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Possible Cuts and Increases to 2018 Federal Budget

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    I honestly can't believe the Administration even put this out. There is little to zero chance of this being enacted and it seems to go against everything he promised on the campaign trail to help the most downtrodden among us.

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    J.K.Logic Wrote:

    What Trump cut in his agency budgets.

    Great resource right there. Outlines exactly what Trump's 2018 federal budget proposal would do. All the cuts, and all the increases. The %s are listed below, for each department of note. But the article goes into much more depth, for each department as to exactly what's being cut and/or increased.

    The summary I found most telling though:

    To pay for an increase in defense spending, a down payment on the border wall and school voucher programs, among other things, funding was cut from the discretionary budgets of other executive departments and agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department and the Agriculture Department took the hardest hits.

    What do you make of all this? Aside from the increase to Veteran Affairs, I find the reallocation of funds disturbing to be honest. Reports are suggesting that his proposal cuts $4.1 trillion from social safety net programs. While increasing defense spending by $54 billion.

    I must be missing something though.. does that mean he proposes to save over $3 trillion with the cuts? That can't be remotely true. What am I missing?

    Here are those % numbers. Curious everyone's thoughts on all this.

    Cutting by % -?

    33% of the State Department
    31% of the EPA
    21% of the Agriculture Dept
    21% of the Labor Dept
    18% from the Dept of Health and Human Services
    16% from the Commerce Dept
    14% of the Education Dept
    13% from Dept of Housing and Urban Development
    13% from the Transportation Dept
    12% from the Interior Dept
    6% of the Energy Dept
    5% from Small Business Administration
    4% from the Treasury
    4% from the Justice Dept
    1% from NASA

    Increases in Spending by % -

    6% for the Dept of Veteran Affairs
    7% for the Dept of Homeland Security
    9% to the Defense Department

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    Let's be honest here. What is being cut is the amount of the increase budgeted for the coming year. If the original State Dept. budget included a 15% increase over current levels but it is now 10%, that is a 33% cut in the growth of spending not the base spending itself. If you are unhappy with any of these cuts, you can always pay more. Gruber was right about the intelligence of the average voter, legal or illegal.
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    Yes Gary but this doesn't add up to trillions in savings. Lets be honest!