WASHINGTON- President Donald Trump released his budget blueprint on Thursday, March 16th, and many people have been concerned by cuts to virtually every major government agency, including the State Department, the Department of Education, and the EPA. However, hidden among these high-profile budget cuts, Trump has also quietly included a severe reduction in funding for puppies.
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In addition to limiting the money that the federal government sends to programs such as Planned Parenthood, Meals on Wheels, and schools, Trump’s budget blueprint, if passed, would ensure that the federal government would no longer subsidize Skipper and Rockie, these cute floppy-eared bundles of joy.
Critics of the puppy cut have called it “callous,” “nonsensical,” and “literally unbelievable.”
Theories about the reasoning behind this specific proposal range from the new administration’s stated desire to increase government efficiency to speculation that Donald Trump simply hates puppies. Noted economist Joseph Stiglitz told The Rival that he suspects it is the latter. Said Stiglitz, “If Trump was serious about government efficiency, he wouldn’t have decided to increase the defense budget by $52 billion, or asked for around $3 billion to build a wall on our southern border, or done any of the other things that he’s done in his first months in office.” In Stiglitz’s estimation, it is far more likely that Trump simply detests puppies, such as this cuddly little fella, Spots.
Whatever the reasoning, it’s clear that the Trump administration feels that the federal government should not be responsible for providing funding for juvenile dogs such as these two adorable fluffballs, Rockie and Skipper as well as organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and the Global Climate Change Initiative.
This new policy is in contrast with that of the Obama administration, which provided a $300 million subsidy for puppies during the 2015-16 fiscal year.