I was reading the headlines on
There was one about the CDC having their conference on the impacts of climate change without federal participation. From the way it was stated, I got the impression that this is new.
This got me thinking, what will we need to do for ourselves? From what will the Federal Government withdraw its assistance? Will we have to learn to do without some things?
What do Federal agencies do now?
There are some major provisions, such as financial support for our more vulnerable citizens, including elders, people with disabilities and children; protection by the military; parks and land management…
Then there are some about I really haven’t thought…or did know. These are ones Mr. Trump wants to get rid of:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
Minority Business Development Agency
Economic Development Administration
International Trade Administration
Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Office of Violence Against Women
Legal Services Corporation
Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department
Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy ReliabilityOffice of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Office of Fossil Energy
Add to this federal funding for everything from emergency response to education, health, community development, agriculture and on the list goes.
I am thinking that I will need to review my own lifestyle and look for ways to be less dependent. I can do that now, or wait until I’m forced to because an agency or program gets taken away.
I invite your help:
What things do we need to take back so that we are less dependent on government services?
What skills do we need to develop?
Are some things better done in local communities?
I look forward to hearing from you.
2 thoughts on “On Our Own”
Just as important is our support for NPR and others.
That’s true, and we need to consider ways in which we can live more independently because it looks like agencies and services we have come to rely on could be diminished or taken away altogether. I’m not sure that is necessarily bad: Some things probably are better addressed at the local level.