Trump's Outrage of the Day

President Trump Wants to Kill These 17 Federal Agencies and Programs. Here's What They Actually Cost (and Do)

From Time magazine, Taylor Tepper, January 24, 2017. (For the complete article:

President Trump is targeting these 17 agencies to reduce the national budget. 

As Tepper writes, "To put this in context: The total cost, per American, of the following 17 programs said to be on the chopping block is $22.36 per year-- of which more than a third comes from a single clean-energy program. By contrast, housing subsidies, like the mortgage interest deduction, which are disproportionately used by the wealthy, cost $296.29 per American."

1. Corporation for Public Broadcasting - $1.37 Cost per American, per year. The CPB broadcasts public television programming and fund job fairs, etc. for returning vets.

2. National Endowment for the Arts - $0.46 per American, per year. The NEA funds hundreds of art programs across the nation and funds artists who document America now for future generations.

3. National Endowment for the Humanities - $0.46. The NEH funds institutions such as museums, colleges, and libraries, and documentaries such as Ken Burns' The Civil War series.

4. Minority Business Development Agency - $0.11. This agency helps minority business owners "with capital, contracts, and markets, and promotes legislation beneficial to minority businesses.

5. Economic Development Administration - $0.66. Assists economically devastated communities build infrastructure, encourages business ownership, and gives tech assistance to businesses negatively impacted by global trade.

6. International Trade Administration - $1.60. The ITA helps American business sell more products abroad.

7. Manufacturing Extension Partnership - $0.43. The MEP helps small to mid-size manufacturers become more efficient and profitable.

8. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services - $0.88. This agency helps communities hire more police officers and support to improve policing and reduce crime.

9. Office of Violence Against Women - $1.48. The OVAW runs 25 grant programs to reduce domestic violence, sexual assault and dating violence.

10. Legal Services Corporation - $1.55. This agency funds legal aid organizations to help poor people afford legal services.

11. Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department - $0.48. This agency (part of the Dept. of Justice) works to fight discrimination and protect American's voting rights.

12. Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department  - $0.38. This agency (also part of the Dept. of Justice) brings suit against those who break pollution-related laws.

13. Overseas Private Investment Corporation - $0.00. OPIC uses loans and loan guarantees to help American businesses with revenues under $400M to invest in "large scale" operations abroad, such as airports and water systems

14. UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - $0.03. This agency issues reports from the world's leading climate scientists on climate change and its effects on humans.

15. Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy Reliability - $0.81. The OED invests in America's power grids and evaluates and promotes improvements to prevent the kind of outages that left 50M Americans and Canadians without power in 2003.

16. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - $8.95. The EERE is tasked "to create and sustain American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy."

17. Office of Fossil Energy - $2.71. This agency works to lessen America's "carbon footprint" from fossil fuels by developing and implimenting "clean coal" technology.