HI! MY NAME IS Adam O. I am a writer living in Minneapolis, MN. I am an average person, driven by a goal to always keep improving so that I LEAVE the world a LITTLE better than when i found iT.

Arts? Who needs em!

Well, what do you do on a day like today? I chose to pick one of the organizational areas Trump budget seeks to cut and donated to it; namely, Habitat for Humanity, Twin Cities. 

I don’t think he will see a second term with a budget proposal like that, but I also don’t think that budget is going to get past congress in its current form—not even close (thankfully). 

Still it’s worth looking at what he, one of the wealthiest men in America, whose father (and later himself) profited off of low-income housing, chose to cut. Maybe it's ironic, maybe not, that most of his cuts target programs designed to help the working poor and jobless. 

  • His budget proposes the most severe cut to the Department of Housing and Urban Development since the early 1980s.
  • It eliminates the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.
  • It eliminates funding for Habitat for Humanity.
  • It cuts a $715 million program within HHS that funds more than 1,000 local anti-poverty organizations around the country, which provide services ranging from job training to food assistance to more than 16 million U.S. citizens. 
  • It cuts $343 million to 134 legal aid organizations for the poor who are tangled up in cases of wrongful eviction, custody disputes, child support or domestic violence, which helped close ¾ of a million cases in 2015 for people making less than $15,000 per year. 
  • It partly cuts Job Corps, which provides education and job training to more than 60,000 young people and disadvantaged youth. 
  • It cuts the National Endowment for the Humanities entirely.
  • It also eliminates the National Endowment for the Arts.(Arts? Who needs em!)

So just take your pick for an organization to donate to. They’re all gonna need it--except the military. The one place that doesn’t need funding is gonna get it whether it requested it or not. 

Keep your head up, and Make a pledge to do good.

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Architecture (and cheese) as a portal for change