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Trump's Budget Slash - a Step Closer to the Decline of the Republic

History is rife with lessons of ascension and decline of nation states and empires. While varying causes over the human era have contributed and triggered declines in civilizations from Africa, to Greece, to Rome and other places, I submit that in this modern and dynamic era, any subtractions or reductions of research, of education, of science and of the arts, will lead to the decline of the offending people, nation or power.

Therefore, it is with a heavy heart and with much love, patriotism, honor and fondness for my country, my home - the Republic of the United States of America, that I explicitly state without recall that if accepted as proposed, Donald Trump's budget will force the Republic into decline as a world leader in the arts, science and technology, education, environment protection and in human rights.

Civility is dead without the arts. Civility will become poison without environmental protections. Civility will starve under reductions in agriculture. Science and health will suffer with reductions to research. Commerce will dwindle under any reduction. Cuts in diplomacy will lead to wider conflicts. And any abridging of labor safeguards will lead to strife.

Donald Trump's budget, according to figures published by CNN, would reduce the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) by 31.4 percent; reduce the State Department by 28.7 percent; reduce the Department of Labor by 20.7 percent; reduce the Department of Agriculture by 20.7 percent; reduce Department of Health and Human Services by 16.2 percent; reduce the Commerce Department by 15.7 percent; reduce the Department of Education by 13.5 percent; reduce the Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) by 13.2 percent; reduce the Department of the Interior by 11.7 percent; reduce the Department of Transportation by 12.7 percent; reduce the Army Corps of Engineers by 16.3 percent; reduced the National Institutes of Health(NIH) by 20 percent; as well as to eliminate and to reduce other civil programs that have contributed to the Republic's greatness at home and abroad.

While fiscal responsibility is a virtue for most micro-economies and serves as a guideline to macro-economies, there are some dangerous and serious effects of implementing harsh austere measures at the macro-level that are easily adopted at the micro-economy. 

Increasing the budgets of the Defense Department, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs cannot be sufficient to sustain the Republic as a world leader. This 2017 and beyond, should not be accepted as a contraction period for the arts, for science and technology and for education as well as for any other social programs because they are necessary to sustaining humankind and they require expansion in order to sustain a stable global civilization. 

If the United States(US) Congress accepts and passes Trump's budget as proposed, it too would be contributing to the decline of the Republic. Trumps budget should be rejected.