Dear Editor,

President Donald Trump’s 2018 Federal Budget is one of the hot topics when talking about America these days. According to The Washington Post article, “What Trump cut in his budget”, the only budgets being increased would be those of the Defense Department, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Looking back at Trump’s presidential campaign, I can see why these are the departments he decided to raise the budget for. According The Washington Post “Trump Promise Tracker”, Trump promised during his campaign to “expand military investment,” “suspend immigration from terror-prone regions,” “begin removing the more than two million criminal illegal immigrants from the country,” and “provide veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice.” Many of these promises are in the control of the departments Trump increased to budget for.

Although I think those budgets Trump raised are important to keep America safe, I also feel that our education department is a place where the budget should have been raised as well. Instead, the Education Department’s budget was cut by 14 percent according to The Washington Post “What Trump Cut in his budget.”

This means things like after school programs, aid to low-income families and families of college students will be downsized or eliminated. To me this is a big deal. Low income families of college students need that aid to help afford college for their families and without it, or as much of it, it could possibly prevent some kids from even attending college, and today more and more well-paying jobs are looking for people with some form of college education.

Since Trump decided not the raise the Education Department’s budget, how are we supposed to “Make America Great Again” with people who can’t get a decent job because they weren’t even able to attend college?

Sincerely,

Julia Klaes

Riceville, IA 50466

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