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Donald Trump: Bog-Standard Republican

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Zeroing out the National Endowment for the Humanities affects me personally as it makes my future research significantly more difficult, but really, there’s nothing in the Trump budget that would be significantly different under Romney or Jeb or whoever.

The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.

Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.

The proposed cuts hew closely to a blueprint published last year by the conservative Heritage Foundation, a think tank that has helped staff the Trump transition.

Similar proposals have in the past won support from Republicans in the House and Senate, who believe they have an opportunity to truly tackle spending after years of warnings about the rising debt.

Of course any talk about Republicans caring about debt is utterly risible, but don’t expect the media to call them out on that. Point being, all of these programs have been hanging by the narrow thread of a Democrat in the Oval Office. No doubt a budget this extreme will receive some level of pushback, but barring Republicans seeing it in their interest to repudiate the Trump administration, which is unlikely, some version of this budget will pass. Maybe the NEH can be saved strictly to fund projects approved by a Koch Brothers-appointed committee.

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