Profile image
By Reason Magazine (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views

Now:
Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:
Total:

Trump Budget Cuts: Real or ‘Reality’ Show? New at Reason

Monday, March 20, 2017 13:09
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

(Before It's News)

Donald Trump ran for office promising to crush the Islamic State, end the influx of illegal immigration from Mexico, and stop the flight of American manufacturing jobs to China. Now that he’s in office, he seems to be focusing on different set of targets: Public television’s “Big Bird,” poor old people who benefit from “Meals on Wheels,” and history graduate students and scholars of the Founding Fathers who get grants from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH). Some reports even had the Trump administration slashing funding for the Coast Guard. What’s going on here?

The Trump “budget cuts” are best understood in the context of Trump’s home city, New York, suggests Ira Stoll. There, for decades, the mayor would propose draconian “cuts” to popular institutions like museums and libraries, the museums and libraries would dutifully rally their constituencies to fight against the proposed “cuts,” and the City Council would intervene to restore the funding, winning the gratitude of those that had been targeted. This was widely and correctly understood as a kind of theater. No funding was genuinely in jeopardy, other than the personal funds of the taxpayers who wound up eventually footing the bill for the government spending. The mayor got to pose as fiscally prudent. And the City Council got to claim credit for protecting the museums and libraries, which had never really been in danger.

View this article.



Source: http://reason.com/archives/2017/03/20/trump-budget-cuts-real-or-reality-show

Report abuse

Comments

Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories
 

Featured

 

Top Global

 

Top Alternative

 

Register

Newsletter

Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.