To understand the magnitude of Donald Trump’s distorted priorities, we compared Pentagon spending, which Trump wants to increase, with the domestic programs he wants to cut. To help pay for more defense spending, Trump’s budget proposal imposes massive cuts to domestic programs—from foreign aid to research on climate change to safeguards for clean air and water to meals on wheels for the elderly and after-school programs for kids.
Trump also proposes completely eliminating federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities. He takes and axe to federal funding for libraries and museums.
If we can cut enough librarians, scientists and after-school programs for kids, Trump’s budget director calculates, we can fund more weapons programs—including a renewed investment in nuclear weapons.