If you hadn't heard yet, a good deal of America doesn't much care for President Trump. They have their reasons. Too much golf, they suggest. He hates Muslims, they add. He's misogynistic, they also point out, covering their genitals. In the meantime. the Trump presidency is causing a number of scary effects that haven't hit the headlines yet, whose impacts could linger for years. Things like ...
It's Gonna Be Harder To Get Around, Especially In Small Towns
It's kind of standard for a Republican president to slash the budget, especially if he has a hankering for expensive walls. So no one's been particularly surprised by Trump's proposed budget and its cuts for things like the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts. Cutting Meals on Wheels was a little unexpected, but we guess those poor elderly have had it too good for too long.
"Enough living the high life, Nana."
But there are plenty more weird cuts planned that you likely haven't heard about, like to small-town airports and train stations. All told, around 220 cities could soon lose passenger rail service. And not big cities; the cuts would fall heaviest on outer suburban and rural areas -- the people who put Trump in office, essentially.
"What do we want?"
"LESS CONTACT WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD."
This isn't just an inconvenience for tourists; a lot of jobs depend on those rail connections, and many of these rural towns count on these arteries to stay connected to the rest of the country. Without essential train services and small-scale air travel, these flyover states would be forever doomed to that status. (And considering that this comes after Trump's pre-election promise to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure, it's almost like he isn't a completely honest man.) So sorry, rural America. If you had any plans for getting out of town, you might want to do that soon before we take the actual roads and bridges away too.
Doing Your Taxes Is Gonna Suck Next Year
Most people wait until the last frost of the year before even thinking about filing their taxes. The process sucks, and the only way it could suck more is if you had a hungry ocelot in the room with you.