Is this the country the people want?

To the editor:

What does this mean: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.”

All the following programs and agencies have been cut from the Trump budget: African Development Foundation, Appalachian Regional Commission, Chemical Safety Board, Corporation for National and Community Service, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Delta Regional Authority, Denali Commission, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Inter-American Foundation, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Legal Services Corporation, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, Northern Border Regional Commission, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, U.S. Institute of Peace, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Cut also are: 31 percent from the EPA, 29 percent from the State Department, 14 percent from Education, 13 percent from Transportation and 21 percent from each of Agriculture and Labor departments.

Cut or eliminated are (this is a partial list): $250 million from coastal research about rising seas; Sea Grant Programs; Superfund cleanups; Community Development Financial Institutions; $175M for commercial flights to rural airports; $199M cut for TIGER grants for roads and transit; Air control is shifted to the private sector; Senior Community Service Employment programs; funding to 49 National Historic sites; Community Development Block grants ; 18 percent from National Institutes of Health; $900 million from the Office of Science; funding for cleaning up the Great Lakes; projects that alleviate poverty; Chemical Safety Board that investigates chemical accidents; housing assistance to low-income families and after-school programs for students in high-poverty areas.

Yet, the budget gives $168 million for charter schools and $250 million for private schools, shifting support from public schools

Over 41 percent of the population did not vote for Trump. The clean sweep of Congress in November was due to 50 years of gerrymandering by the Republicans, with the help of dark money, to eliminate or decrease voting by populations which usually voted Democrat.

Do you want to live in a country that denies scientific fact, casts out seniors and the poor, denies product safety, neglects rural areas, eliminates public access to information and the arts and devastates the earth, leaving nothing but garbage for our kids?

Janet Dalquist

Houghton

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