It is very, very important to run the government like you run your household. You don't spend more than you make, do you? (Besides your mortgage; and your student loans; and your little bit of credit card debt; and ... hmmm, it is starting to sound like "government should run on a budget like your household does" is a total crock of grade-A shit!)

Disregard the libtard parenthetical above, because Team Trump is releasing some fun details on its plans to cut government spending in President-elect Trump's first budget, and it totals about $10.5 trillion in spending cuts! Some of the budgetary items to get the ax are super unnecessary, like PBS and the arts, pfft who cares. But others of the walking dead will include things like "the departments of Commerce and Energy" as well as Transportation, Justice and State.

But like those are just bureaucracies that don't actually do anything, right? Let's find out:

At the Department of Justice, the blueprint calls for eliminating the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants and the Legal Services Corporation and for reducing funding for its Civil Rights and its Environment and Natural Resources divisions.

At the Department of Energy, it would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels, eliminate the Office of Electricity, eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and scrap the Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Under the State Department’s jurisdiction, funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are candidates for elimination.

So yeah, those agencies are all lame do-nothing stuffs, and we need that money for better stuff, like shows of American greatness and maybe a teeny tiny little tax cut for the ones MAKING America great again, not TAKING America great again! (Millionaires.) (We are talking about millionaires.) (Middle class, get ready to lose your mortgage interest deduction, your ability to write off the taxes you pay to your state, and maybe one or two other small piddly things, not that they matter all that much, right?) (And working class, oh man, LOL SORRY, we don't even know what to say to you, yikes.)

Tell us a thing that we can copy and paste in here, Rebecca Traister:

Is that artisanal salt we're rubbing into this sucking chest wound? Like, the kind you get in a slab from the Himalayas and it's so pretty and pink?

ANYWAY. We will end this post with a graph and commence daydrinking:

Comfortably numb, and better already!


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First, NASA sent its last message to the Mars Opportunity rover! THEN scientists said that all the insects are dying but not the human-looking ones in the GOP. As if THAT wasn't enough, some brave pendejos with grandes cojones are going to try and get seafloor creatures from under a giant ice shelf in the ANTARCTIC!

So, yeah, all three of those stories happened last month. Let's cover each in a science lightning round.

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is terrible at her job. Her objectives and overall mission are evil, but if it's any consolation she can't effectively implement them. After buying her Cabinet position at Sotheby's, DeVos has spent the past two years trying to roll back Obama-era policies designed to protect and actually educate students. Unfortunately for her evil schemes, federal courts keep smacking down her slimy efforts. It's getting embarrassing.

DeVos recently had to cancel $150 million in student loan debt after courts said her attempts to stop the "borrow defense" regulations from taking effect were in fact illegal. Last week, she was forced to instruct colleges to follow the Obama rule barring mandatory arbitration agreements. She got kicked in the teeth earlier this month when a federal judge ruled she'd acted illegally ... again. This time, DeVos tried to delay an Obama-era guideline that required states to address racial disparities in their special education programs. Judge Tanya S. Chutkan called the delay "arbitrary" and "capricious."

The rule, drafted under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, would require states to identify districts with "significant disproportionality" in the number of minority students channeled into special education services, segregated in restrictive classroom settings or disciplined.

OK, so what was the "education" secretary's issue with this rule? We want to imagine there's some rationale we're not seeing and DeVos is more than just some yacht-collecting monster.

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