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Trump's Nightmare Budget

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The $1.5 trillion proposed budget is already causing great anxiety, especially in rural America, and Trump's base. For example, in Republican Kentucky that Trump won and he's consistently boasting about bringing back "coal jobs," he's now set to eliminate the Appalachian Regional Commission. The ARC is a 52-year-old federal agency that seeks to create jobs in 420 counties across 13 states, including the West Virginia and Kentucky coalfields.

The ARC began its work in 1965 as part of Democratic President Lyndon Johnson's famous "war on poverty." In the past two years alone, the agency has spent $175.7 million on 662 projects that is says has created or retained more than 23,670 jobs. That investment has paid off: In Kentucky, the commission has awarded $707,000 to the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, which used the money to train 670 people who now have full time jobs earning a combined $13.6 million in wages.

Indeed, as details of President Trump's budget starts to sink in across the nation, Americans, especially "ordinary Americas" that the president claims to be working for, are trying to parse how the changes to the government's spending plan will impact their daily lives. To be sure, it is only a proposal, an opening gambit, if you will, in what is likely to be a protracted public argument over national priorities. But for ALL Americans this proposal is very important, and historically crucial, because it signals what and how the president is thinking and his wish list for the size and shape of government.

And it's not pretty. In fact, it's downright scary and brutal.

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