New Trump Budget Wants To Cut Meals On Wheels, The Arts
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New Trump Budget Wants To Cut Meals On Wheels, The Arts

#SavetheNEA

President Trump released his new budget proposal which includes funding cuts to the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and steep cuts to the EPA and State Department.

Trump wants to completely eliminate funding for the NEA, NEH, and the CPB which is a huge blow to the arts community. Trump also wants to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services. All of these organizations support art organizations, museums, libraries and public broadcasting affiliates.

Not only cutting the arts, Trump wants to slash the EPA's budget, notably stopping funding for the Clean Power Plan, international climate change programs, climate change research and partnership programs and related climate change efforts.

The worst part of the budget proposal however, is the elimination of federal funding of Meals on Wheels programs, which provide meals to the elderly, poor, veterans, disabled and others that can't leave their homes.

Meals on Wheels uses funding from several sources so eliminating federal funding wouldn't kill it, but it certainly doesn't help.

On Twitter, #MealsonWheels and #SavetheNEA are currently trending.

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Trump Doesn't Understand Why America Had A Civil War

Then says Andrew Jackson would have prevented it.

In the latest in "Donald Trump is a dipshit", he has no idea why the United States "had" to have a Civil War and why it couldn't have been worked out. He also offered comments on Andrew Jackson, saying that President Jackson could have prevented the war had he been president a little bit later.

That was worse than you were expecting, right? I mean, I know we've said this a million times, but how the hell did this guy get elected? Let's dive into some of the things Trump said in this segment.

"Had Andrew Jackson been a little later, you wouldn't have had the Civil War."

Andrew Jackson was one of the least stable and sane Presidents ever. He enacted the Trail of Tears, forcing Native Americans to move to Oklahoma, suffering starvation, disease, dehydration, and many other death causing issues on the way.

Jackson was a Tennessee man, the state that sent the most volunteers to the Confederate army. Most of the time, people supported their state in the Civil War, so Jackson most likely would have supported succession and only fueled the Civil War more. Jackson was also a Democrat, which was the party that dominated the Southern states and mostly supported succession.

"He was a really tough person, but he had a big heart and he was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War."

Big heart my ass (see: Trail of Tears). Jackson was President from 1829-1837 and died in 1845, 16 years before the beginning of the Civil War. So no, Andrew Jackson was not, in fact, "really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War", because nobody saw the Civil War coming 16 years before its start.

"People don't realize it, you know, the Civil War, you think about it, why? People don't ask that question. But why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?"

Are you kidding me? The number one question asked and argued about the American Civil War is why. Some people say slavery, some say states' rights, hell, some even say taxes (hint, it was because of slavery and only slavery).

That is by far the number one topic discussed in regard to the Civil War. And why could that one have not been worked out? It was a little bit more complex than you may think, Donnie.

And calling the Civil War "that one" is so idiotic. This was a war that shaped America's future, cost the country many, many lives, and the war that ended slavery. I think it should be referred to with more respect than "that one".

This is our leader, folks!


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A New Budget But A Poor Investment

And he calls himself a businessman?

President Trump has revealed his 4.1 trillion dollar budget, which increases spending for military and border control, while cutting significantly into programs such as health care and student loans. Border security will be allocated 2.6 billion dollars, and yes, 1.6 billion (with a b) of that will go towards building the infamous wall.

It proposes a huge cut to taxes and assumes an economic growth rate of three percent. And to top it all off, it is titled "A New Foundation For American Greatness".

It also will take 800 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years, 272 billion from all welfare programs, and 72 billion from disability benefits. The budget prevents funding for any type of clinic providing abortions cutting into their ability to offer many other health services.

He is also planning on saving 40 billion dollars by preventing undocumented immigrants from collecting child care. However, Trump has also allotted 19 billion dollars to provide six weeks of paid leave to new parents. The new program is lead by his senior advisor, Ivanka Trump.

So, here we are. Building a wall, having our daughters be our senior advisors, cutting funding for student loans, but hey at least parents are getting six weeks of paid leave.

Really though, does Ivanka have any qualifications to be a senior advisor? Ohh wait, our president doesn't have credentials either. Now the pieces are starting to come together.

The theory behind building the wall is that preventing undocumented immigrants from coming into the US and acquiring jobs, it will provide more job opportunities for American citizens. What I don't understand is, how do we profit off of this investment? 1.6 billion dollars is a large chunk of money to frivolously throw towards building a wall that does not seem to have any economic return whatsoever.

Putting that money towards something like student loans, invests in the education of our society. And, although it does not return short-term dividends, it instead creates long-term benefits as a result of more educated population.

Sigh. I truly hope that this budget makes America great again, but it seems as though it is only disenfranchising the exact people who elected him to office in the first place.


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Why You Should Care That The US May Leave The Paris Agreement

And what the Paris Agreement actually is.

Throughout his campaign, Trump made promises to exit the Paris Agreement, claiming it would hurt our economy due to the inability to create manufacturing jobs that contribute greatly to climate change (ignoring the fact that technological advances have taken over antiquated manufacturing jobs).

Trump also appointed Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, a well-known activist standing against the plans of the EPA. In short, he denies the scientific conclusion that human behavior is the leading cause for harmful emissions resulting in a substantially warmer climate.

The Paris Agreement, however, is a global agreement among all nations to combat climate change through a specific set of standards and actions each country must take. The most important aspects of the agreement are:

1. To keep the warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (35.6 Fahrenheit) and limit the temperature rise to 1.5 celsius (34.7 Fahrenheit).

2. Rich countries are required to give $100 billion a year in order to help poorer countries finance their eco-friendly changes.

3. Developed countries have to spearhead the reduction of gas emissions while developing countries have to increase their efforts to cut down on emissions.

4. They will review the plan every five years and update it as needed to make their plan as effective as possible.

5. Plan to have greenhouse gas emissions peak as soon as it can so it can begin to decrease.

6. Attempt to minimize damage that has already been done especially in poorer countries.

The United States is the second leading country in greenhouse gas emissions behind China, whose population is more than four times the size of ours. Our country is an enormous contributor to climate change, and by withdrawing from the Paris Agreement we will continue to negatively impact the planet.

Working towards combating climate change will have to commence with altering our own behavior, but once that precedent is set, we will continue to grow in a positive manner.

I am asking, no -- begging President Trump to please join the agreement. He's taken away money from food stamps, health insurance and student loans, yet has lowered taxes for the richest people in our country. The least he can do is take some of that 800 billion slashed from Medicaid and help fix the planet.

Perhaps the Paris agreement will destroy certain jobs as a result of their negative effects on the environment, but it will simultaneously create many new jobs in order to follow the Paris Agreement standards. My confusion really begins with, yes it's important to create and keep jobs for the American people, but won't that not matter if the planet dies? Because if you weren't aware if the Earth goes, we're all going down with it.


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What To Know About The March For Science

Mark your calendars.

What Is It?
The March for Science is a march celebrating science and a call for everyone to "respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world" according to the march website. Basically, the march wants to bring attention to science and all the good that it does, especially now under a Trump presidency where science is being challenged.

When and Where Is It?
The March for Science will occur on April 22, a Saturday. Meeting at 8 AM, the actual march will start at 9 AM. The main march, like the Women's March in January, will be happening in Washington, DC on the National Mall. And like the Women's March, the March for Science has sister marches planned all over the country and world. Check out this list to see if there's a sister march near you.

Why April 22?
April 22 is Earth Day. Since climate change is such an important issue in the scientific community as well as a controversial issue in politics, it makes sense to hold a march celebrating science on Earth Day, a day that is all about helping the earth by recycling, planting trees, etc.

How Can I Lend Support?
The best way to support the march is to attend either the main march or a sister march. But another really great way to support the march is to educate yourself about the issues people are marching for. And of course, you can always support by donating to the march or purchasing from their store.

Why Should I Lend Support?
Science is really important for everyone. From vaccines to research to medicine, you're impacted by science every day. So even if you don't believe everything that science says, you should still want to support scientific endeavors because science impacts everything from medicine to food to the environment to even the cosmetics you may use. So supporting science is just a great way to show your appreciation for all science does and continues to do for everyone.

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Paul Ryan: Trump's New Lap Dog

The not-so diamond in the rough.

We all, even Democrats, had faith in Paul Ryan. We hoped that the young representative from Wisconsin, former vice presidential candidate, and now speaker of the House, would be the moderate, level-headed voice from the Republican party when one of its candidates in 2015 flew off the rails - and, yes, became president.

Ryan stood in the middle of the conservative and moderate wings of the party, often reaching out to both and taking ideas from both sides. He also used to stand for principles and for the Constitution, but that has since been replaced with a dying need to please the president.

On May 6, 2016, Ryan told Jake Tapper of CNN that he wasn't ready to support Trump just yet. He said he wants Trump to unify "all wings of the Republican Party and the conservative movement" and have his campaign allow Americans to "have something that they're proud to support and proud to be a part of." Back in January of 2016, it was noted that many of Ryan's goals in the House ran contrary to Trump's campaign rhetoric.

It was assumed that a principled Republican like Ryan would stick with his values and ideals when the going got tough.

But now, Ryan has lost any and all pieces of his backbone that he has ever had or will develop. He has transitioned himself from being a leader of the Republican Party to being Donald Trump's lap dog in the House of Representatives, not willing to make any concessions to the turmoil Trump has put his own White House in.

When we learned back in May that President Trump had asked James Comey to let the Michael Flynn investigation go, according to memos written by Comey, Ryan declined to have any position. It's almost if condemning someone for possible obstruction of justice would be too much of a risk for him. Ryan said he wanted to get the facts before he judged anything. Well, lucky for him, we got those facts in the James Comey Senate testimony on Thursday. So, Ryan obviously condemned the possibility of obstruction of justice when the facts were confirmed by Comey, right?

Ryan on Trump's meetings with Comey: "He's just new to this."

Wrong.

Between him and Chris Christie thinking that obstruction of justice was just "New York City conversation," I wonder if any of these so-called "leaders" will ever do what the voters elected them to do - check and balance.

He also said Trump's budget that cuts millions from public schools, the EPA, community block grants for special programs, science and health care funding, and over $800 dollars in Medicaid, among other things, was "right on the target." This seems to differ from his position a couple months ago when he quietly rejected Trump's proposed budget, which was not much different from this one.

Ryan knows that it is likely that he will lose his majority in 2018. He knows that the movement brewed in opposition to Trump is strong and has a real shot at 2018 victories, effectively ruining any chances he has of passing his agenda. That's why he is in Donald Trump's lap every day. As long as a Republican sits in the Oval Office, he is able to pass the Republican agenda. So even if that means putting party before country, lying about the bills you pass, doing business behind closed doors, and embarrassing yourself on TV trying to defend someone just because his tie is red, Paul Ryan will do it.