The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. – James Madison
I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that ‘all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.’ To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition. – Thomas Jefferson
It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it. – James Madison
I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive. – Thomas Jefferson
The very energetic federal government has grown exponentially and has become very oppressive. Trump is proposing $54 billion in cuts to large parts of the federal government. This proposed budget would cut off funding entirely for several agencies, including arts, public broadcasting and development groups, and also proposes steep cuts to agencies like the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency. We have heard vehement opposition to these cuts from both the Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) and establishment Republicans. Both groups are proponents of big oppressive government for the very reasons the founders opposed big government. Both groups believe it is the function of government to control the lives of the citizens and to redistribute wealth in a manner they believe is fair. The founders vehemently opposed both.
Proposed cuts to Departments:
• Health and Human Services, the department responsible for implementing Obamacare and its proposed repeal, would face a $12.6 billion cut -- a 16.2% decrease
• Environmental Protection Agency: $2.6 billion, or 31.4%
• State Department: $11 billion, or 28.7%
• Labor Department: $2.5 billion, or 20.7%
• Agriculture Department: $5 billion, or 20.7%
• US Army Corps of Engineers: $1 billion, a 16.3% cut
• Cuts National Institutes of Health spending by $5.8 billion, a nearly 20% cut. Also overhauls NIH to focus on "highest priority" efforts and eliminates the Fogarty International Center.
• Other double-digit cuts include Commerce at 15.7%; Education at 13.5%; Housing and Urban Development at 13.2%; Transportation at 12.7%, and Interior at 11.7%.
• Eliminates the USDA Water and Wastewater loan and grant program, a reduction of $498 million
• Cuts $250 million by zeroing out National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants and programs that support coastal and marine management, research and education
• Reduces or eliminates 20 programs within the Department of Education, including Striving Readers, Teacher Quality Partnership and Impact Aid support payments for federal property and international education programs
• Cuts FEMA state and local grant funding by $667 million, including the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program and Homeland Security Grant Program
• Eliminates funds for Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing
• Ceases payments to the United Nations' climate change programs for the Green Climate Fund and precursor funds
• Scales back funding for the World Bank and other international development banks by $650 million over three years
• Cuts federal subsidies to Amtrak and eliminates support for Amtrak's long-distance services.
• Cuts funding to the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Program so new projects will not be funded
• Shrinks the Treasury workforce by an unspecified amount
• Stops funding for the Clean Power Plan
In addition, the Trump Budget Proposal would eliminate many worthless agencies that were created as pet projects over the past many years. These agencies were a waste when created and have remained a waste but stayed in existence because nobody had the political courage to say it is time to stop wasting the taxpayer’s money. Our national debt is over $20 Trillion. The national debt has been called, and rightfully so, the biggest threat to our freedom. Our founders understood this would happen unless the federal government remained very limited. Our founders warned it that it would be self-serving politicians like Pelosi and McCain that would be at the forefront of this self-serving movement. Unless we listen to the wisdom of the founders, we will face the reality of their prophecy.