On the oh-so-easy-to-predict monitor, the left is already freaking out over the Trump team’s alleged cuts in the preliminary, proposed budget they’ve been going over with the career staffers at the White House, which I commented on earlier. This morning, during prospective Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry’s, hearing they seemed almost distraught. According to The Hill:
“This is absolutely nuts in terms of the future of energy in this country,” Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) told Perry.
“You’re going to have to really do some hard pushing back on this because, assuming this is true, I find it’s almost self-parody to be cutting energy research at this moment in time.”
Democrats implored Perry to push Trump away from those cuts.
“It’s hard to see how we can pursue an all-of-the-above strategy if so much of the departments all of the above capabilities are eliminated,” Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said. “We’re counting on you to educate the incoming president.”
Sen. Debbie Stabenow said she was “concerned” by the proposed cuts, saying it would gut federal energy research and hurt the U.S. economy.
“We’re talking about massive cuts in the kinds of things that you have advocated for — you supported in your role as governor — that are critical to the future of the economy, and lowering emissions, and creating more efficiencies,” she said.
“We’re going to do all of that, it needs to really be the kinds of things that you’ve been talking about this morning. And yet, we just have a new statement that we’re talking about massive cuts in the Energy Department.”
Perry tried to dampen Democrat’s concerns, first saying of the report that, “just because it’s on the internet, it’s not true.”
Whatever, Governor Perry. In the era of Trump, we are straight back to the George W. Bush days. No internet exaggeration is too far.
And of course they’re also freaking out about their Precious — no, not Hillary Clinton — the National Endowment for the Arts is on the chopping block.
GASP! The most unnecessary national waste.
Fiscal conservatives can cross their fingers and hope against hope right now that these twits have to go to the private sector to fund their projects:
Advocates for the arts and public broadcasting are sounding the alarm over possible cuts to federal funding that one lawmaker said could be a sign of a cultural dark age under President-elect Donald Trump.
Crocodile tears if ever I saw them. The arts have never been in the purview of the federal government in terms of the Constitution.
And yet Trump is seemingly doing the right thing and leaving the decision up to Congress:
And while Trump said in a March 2016 statement to the Washington Postthat Congress should be responsible for how much to spend on the national endowments, he stressed support for a “holistic education” that includes emphasis on arts and literature.
“The Congress, as representatives of the people, make the determination as to what the spending priorities ought to be. I had the great fortune to receive a comprehensive liberal arts education from an Ivy League institution. What is most important is that we examine how one-size-fits-all approaches imposed by the federal government have corrupted the availability and efficacy of liberal arts education. Critical thinking skills, the ability to read, write and do basic math are still the keys to economic success. A holistic education that includes literature and the arts is just as critical to creating good citizens,” Trump said.
As a conservative, I still hold much skepticism of anything Donald Trump does, but this squirming and crying from the left is enough to make the fiscally conservative side of my heart smile for now.