Without deep budget cuts, Trump's plan would crater the economy. The cuts he proposed would especially hurt Maryland. The Appalachian Regional Commission, which works to strengthen the economies of our state's far western counties, and the Chesapeake Cleanup are on the chopping block. So are many federal jobs Carroll County's citizens hold. Freezes at Social Security and Center for Medicare/Medicaid will affect many of our pocketbooks. The administration's scorched earth tax plan has been tried and found wanting, as Kansas discovered. In 2012, that state enacted tax-cutting policies similar to Trump's proposals with disastrous results: slowed employment, greater debt, stifled growth — that is what Trump's plan offers us all.