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Inauguration Day in Washington D.C. is a day where not much happens in the U.S. government, where we can expect the real work to begin after all the pomp, circumstance, speeches, protests and parties have faded into the background noise. Since Inauguration Day 2017 is falling on a Friday, that day will come around after the new presidential administration has had the weekend to both get settled in and to recuperate after all the festivities, and as the federal government’s bureaucrats go back to work after their long weekend holiday. Monday, January 23, 2017 might therefore be considered to be the real “Day 1” on the job for the incoming President, which will be defined by a rush of activity as the U.S. government gets back to work under new management.
Until then, here’s a humorous video reminder that one of the things we just listed is considered to be one of Washington D.C.’s biggest problems, which Americans who value fiscal responsibility in government are looking to newly sworn in President Donald Trump to fix:
This is just the introduction, you can see all three parts of the YouTube video series “The Government” here!
Speaking of fixing the problem, here’s an early indication that much needed reforms in how the federal government operates and spends money is something that President Trump is seriously contemplating. The Hill‘s Andrew Bolton reports:
Donald Trump is ready to take an ax to government spending.
Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy, The Hill has learned.
The changes they propose are dramatic.
The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.
Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.
The recently passed budget blueprint passed in the U.S. Congress proposes government spending that would increase the national debt by $9.7 trillion over 10 years if not offset by spending cuts that, as yet, have not been officially proposed.
We’ll find out how serious President Trump is about reining in the U.S. government’s spending when he presents his first budget proposal, which is expected to be delivered to Capitol Hill sometime in mid-April 2017.