A view of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters on March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S.

The White House released a $1.1 trillion budget plan Thursday that proposes deep cuts in spending on environmental protection, social services and education,and calls for a $54 billion military spending increase. According to state officials, the proposal, which also calls for the elimination of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, could have far reaching effects on California. Federal dollars constitute about a third of the state’s budget and a number of programs — particularly those that serve the poor — would need to be scaled down. We discuss what the President’s plan could mean for California.

Guests:
Evan Halper, reporter, Los Angeles Times
H.D. Palmer, deputy director, external affairs, California Department of Finance
Matt Rodriquez, California Secretary for Environmental Protection
John Boland, president and CEO, KQED Public Media

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  • William – SF

    A moment of silence and regret for the loss of our fellow commenter Paul.

    • Kevin Skipper

      What happened to Paul? Did he finally discover who’s really behind his white victimhood narrative?

      • William – SF

        According to a post he made yesterday, some hours after the last broadcast, he was banned by KQED.

        • Kevin Skipper

          That doesn’t sound right. How did he make the post?

          • William – SF

            I know. And the post isn’t there anymore. But eyes see what eyes see, and that’s what eyes saw.

          • Another Mike

            One forum I’m on starts by giving “time outs” to posters who violate the terms and conditions, feeling they can be rehabilitated, at least at first.

          • William – SF

            Likely that is what happened.

          • Kevin Skipper

            Funny. Crazy as his tirades were, they pretty much repeated mainstream media narrative, verbatim. Maybe they absorbed him into the greater Borg or perhaps, the Bund?

          • William – SF

            He made some confabulated reference to being absorbed by Scientologist. So, yes. (My naps will now occur between 9-11 am M-F.)

          • Kevin Skipper

            So basically, he joined an improv cult. Nice.

          • William – SF

            It didn’t read as consensual.

          • Kevin Skipper

            “No, and…”

          • William – SF

            His I am banned by KQED Forum comment was in bold, so very easy to see. Seemed counter to the truth, for obvious reasons, but I looked for it this AM and it was gone.

            I’d rather post his exact words, however, with a sincere attempt to avoid any judgment, his comment read more as an acknowledgement of the victimization that comes with censorship, and with an odd closing comment somehow relating censorship (or perhaps Forum?) to Scientology – it didn’t make sense.

            He got an up vote from Curious, so at least one other can confirm.

          • Kevin Skipper

            If his posts are gone then that means my responses are gone so indicating a collective intellectual tragedy.

          • William – SF

            Kevin… always the comedian.

  • ES Trader

    Remember both 41 & W’s popularity spike following Desert Storm & 912/Afghanistan invasion.

    With Tillerson’s comments in Tokyo & dt( sic) budget increase for defense, I suspect dt’s self focused motives are to start a war w/ nNo Korea, dt’s Shock & Awe & who cares about collateral damage in Japan, So Korea & American troops along the border, it’s for dt’s malignant narcissistic legacy.

    #Sick & Dangerous

  • Noelle

    Please don’t add even more Enhanced Corporate Underwriting!

    • William – SF

      Or require that the contributions be anonymous.

    • De Blo

      I just made additional donations to KQED and KALW. I normally wait till a pledge drive, but this is a special situation.

  • Kevin Skipper

    The Federal Government wants to become the largest employer. Old News. Probably going to pay for more gender propaganda and strictly segregated neighborhoods, school districts and shops.

    Interesting that the GOP suddenly wants to ‘grow’ the government. I’d stay ready for a surprise.

    Maybe the military and police will take over education. Wait, our public schools are already run by the private prison lobby and soft drink manufacturers….

  • amyj1276

    It occurred to me that this budget is so extreme and so tyrannical that any budget after this will look good. Or at least better. Perhaps that is the point?

    • Noelle

      Yes, the point isn’t to save money, it’s an ideological statement.

      • Another Mike

        Trump never positioned himself at the fulfillment of all of conservatives’ hopes and dreams — why is he doing that now?

        • Noelle

          Intoxicated by power? He wants adulation from all conservatives now? Who knows for sure?

        • William – SF

          To me, his budget looks perfectly in line with his campaign rhetoric.

          • Another Mike

            Trump opposed the idea of military intervention all around the world. But no one builds up a military unless they intend to use it — that’s why the Framers opposed standing armies.

          • William – SF

            I read Trump’s campaign comments as: 1) Dubya wasted money in Iraq, Afghanistan, …middle east, 2) Iran should be dealt with forcefully, 3) Nato better cough up more pesos because we’re not paying their way no more, 4) U.S. military is underfunded, 5) North Korea will bend to my demands, …

            And given Tillerson’s comments re North Korea, Trump may need to cut more programs, and extend the max enlistment age so his flyover supporters can get the jobs he’s promised them.
            https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/world/asia/rex-tillerson-north-korea-nuclear.html

        • turquoisewaters

          Because he wants to “win” in congress, and that is only possible by caving to the GOP.
          Sometimes I don’t know if Trump is a tool of the GOP or the GOP is a tool of Trump. It sure looks like the GOP is winning, because they are getting their way with the budget and health care. Taxes to follow.

  • Another Mike

    The Federal contribution to public broadcasting goes mostly, as I understand it, to stations so they can buy programming. One way to fill in the gap would be revenue sharing between giant stations like KQED — which decided to operate in Sacramento even though there was and is a perfectly fine public radio station there already — and small town and rural stations.

  • Kevin Skipper

    Since we’re talking about budgetary misunderstandings, let me make sure I understand correctly. KQED is a private company. It’s a corporation with a CEO.

    Starting to feel that same sick feeling that I experience when walking near Clark Kerr campus.

    I’ve been contributing my thoughts under the belief that this was a public forum. Of course, there’s no way that I could really believe this. I need only look at the role that California’s “public” Universities have played in hiring, protecting and offering various sympathies to political despots international war criminals, racists, and eugenicists.

    I say a lot about Cal, the CIA, Hollywood, the KKK, the PIC, the EPA and other social institutions which seem to offer a misleading version of reality to the public. I don’t say much about KQED. I wonder why.

  • marte48

    I guess they want us all to join the military. That would not be the same as “big government” would it?

    • Noelle

      Also that could include all those contractors supplying the military, so in a way it’s already true.

    • William – SF

      Me thinks we’d be mostly working for military contractors, while being poorly paid by U.S. military. Another example of privatizing profits and socializing costs.

  • EIDALM

    Out of all things Meals on Wheels for the old, disable and the poor of all thing is truly unforgivable, cruel and uncalled for from this scummy Donald Trump administration….Real sick..

    • Curious

      The story that Trump’s budget would kill the Meals on Wheels program was too good to check. But it was false. It made for great copy — irresistibly clickable and compulsively shareable. “Trump’s Budget Would Kill a Program That Feeds 2.4 Million Senior Citizens,” blared Time’s headline. “Trump Proposed Budget Eliminates Funds for Meals on Wheels,” claimed The Hill, in a piece that got 26,000 shares. But it was false. And it wouldn’t have taken long for reporters to find and provide some needed context to the relationship between federal block grant programs, specifically Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and the popular Meals on Wheels program.

  • EIDALM

    I do hope that all of the morons and idiots poor, senior citizens, and disables who believed Donald Trump lies and voted for, now realize their terrible stupidity and realized the harm they did to themselves and the whole country.

  • Curious

    California has a surplus of money otherwise it wouldn’t be inviting illegals to enter the country and this state.

  • De Blo

    The military budget is horrifically bloated. It needs to be cut dramatically, not increased.

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