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Christian Historian Praises Budget Cuts To Food, Kids (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Controversial conservative Christian David Barton, a self-styled historian, praised many of the proposed budget cuts by the Trump administration (video below).

Barton celebrated the possible cuts on his "WallBuilders Live" radio show on June 9, but did not seem to be aware of what some of the targeted programs actually were, notes Right Wing Watch:

In the new Trump budget, there are 66 programs that he has completely eliminated ... I don’t know how we’re going to survive without these programs. These are so crucial, everybody talks about these every day, you hear about them in the news, everybody relies on these.

Barton noted the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education program was on the chopping block, which Barton and his co-host laughed about. Barton admitted he didn't know what the program does: "Who knows?"

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture website, the McGovern–Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program "helps support education, child development and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries around the globe. The program provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities, as well as financial and technical assistance, to support school feeding and maternal and child nutrition projects."

Barton also mocked the Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program Account, which is proposed to be cut: "I think most people know how to take care of wastewater. I mean, we have septic tanks and we have sewers."

Barton's co-host mocked the notion that the "federal government is to take care of everybody's sewer."

The USDA website says the program "provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas" for "qualified applicants who are not otherwise able to obtain commercial credit on reasonable terms."

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Barton also mentioned a $5 billion proposed cut for the U.S. Department of Education "including impact aid payments for federal property ... I’m not sure why we’re giving federal assistance to federal property for education. Who knows?"

The U.S. Department of Education website notes that the Impact Aid Program, which has been around since 1950, "was designed to assist local school districts that have lost property tax revenue due to the presence of tax-exempt Federal property, or that have experienced increased expenditures due to the enrollment of federally connected children, including children living on Indian lands."

Barton was also excited that the Trump budget would cut the Heritage Partnership Program, and he sarcastically wondered how we would exist without the program.

The National Park Service website says: "Through public [and] private partnerships, [National Heritage Areas] entities support historic preservation, natural resource conservation, recreation, heritage tourism, and educational projects."

Barton also mocked a Justice Department program: "Now, here’s one that we think we’re really going to miss. At the Justice Department, they’re wiping out $210 million on the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. So if you’re a criminal alien, the federal government is paying you to defend criminal aliens?"

Barton's co-host added: "We're assisting them, as criminals and aliens, interesting."

The Bureau of Justice Assistance website states that SCAAP "provides federal payments to states and localities that incurred correctional officer salary costs for incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens with at least one felony or two misdemeanor convictions for violations of state or local law, and incarcerated for at least 4 consecutive days during the reporting period."

Sources: Right Wing Watch, USDA (2), U.S. Department of Education, Bureau of Justice Assistance, NPS / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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