The United States has been, since the Second World War, the world’s leading power. Our influence and our strength is beyond comparison in modern history. However, we have a $15 trillion debt, and this is clearly a major problem. Donald Trump and other conservatives will attempt to fix this by cutting programs deemed as unnecessary. In Trump’s new budget, the EPA loses 31% of its funding, and at least ten other departments receive cuts of over 10%. He also proposes cutting the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, the National Institute for Peace, the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Program, as well as large amounts of monetary aid to FEMA, the UN, the World Bank, and the Department of Education, as well as cutting Meals on Wheels.
These programs are not just part of who we are as a country, they are part of the beating heart of the global order that the United States has constructed over the past 60 years. These programs not only link us with the Global Community, but they allow the United States to extend influence in vital areas, and have a good reputation in the rest of the world.
While these programs are not necessary to the existence of the United States, the benefits of the program outweigh the negatives. Fiscal responsibility is extremely important to the survival of a nation, however what nation would one live in without investments in art, culture, and education? When the Soviet Union won the first battle of the space race by launching Sputnik in 1957, President Eisenhower called for the students of the United States to dedicate themselves to math and science in order for the United States to beat the Soviet Union in space. Eisenhower invested in education, and considered it to be an utmost priority. Within 11 years, the US landed on the Moon.
Investing in the arts and sciences have made America the power that it is today, and cutting that funding is not only harmful, it is illogical. The United States spends billions of dollars on useless things like the PRISM program, the F-35 Program, and a multitude of other useless “defense” projects, and blame America’s fiscal problems on small aid programs like the School Lunch Program and Meals on Wheels that were implemented in LBJ’s Great Society.
It is absolutely shameful that the US Government would disregard the basic welfare of ordinary Americans while feeding the monstrous military industrial complex. The United States already has the largest and best-equipped military on Earth, and any increases in expenditures would be wasteful.
The United States will succeed when we have an educated and debt-free populace, something that the Republican Party leadership fails to understand. Trump’s budget does very little to address the real problems that America faces today, and we will suffer because of it for the next 4 years unless something changes in a radical way.