The 62-page budget outline the White House released yesterday takes aim at quite a few similarly questionable expenditures.
Trump’s budget is already throwing liberals into a panic, sowing divisions among Republicans, and reinforcing the president’s brand as a disruptive force in Washington, but it’s hard to imagine a document less likely to provoke a serious debate about the role of government.
He promised during his campaign to preserve clean air and water, revive America's crumbling infrastructure, and oppose all Medicaid cuts, but his budget would slash EPA funding by 31 percent and includes no major infrastructure investments except for the border wall that he had promised Mexico would pay for, while the Republican legislation he is pushing to repeal Obamacare would strip $880 billion out of Medicaid over the next decade.
And even though Trump himself tweeted up a storm about the Ebola virus back in 2014, his budget would slash $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health that led the global fight to contain Ebola, while zeroing out the Fogarty International Center at the NIH, which was right in the middle of that fight.
And many of his biggest cuts are reserved for the kind of vital activities where markets tend to fail and government is most needed to step into the breach—preventing air and water pollution, building relationships with foreign nations, protecting consumers, investing in public schools and basic research, preparing for disasters, and ensuring a decent standard of living for poor kids and their families.