President Trump’s Conservative Budget

President Trump has released his budget. It would spend $1.1 trillion in 2018 and increase military spending by $54 billion. To offset that spending and to bring down the cost and size of government, President Trump is seeking impressive cuts in other areas.

The President would eliminate federal spending for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. Both are worth doing. Already the left is trotting out Big Bird hoping we all forget Big Bird now belongs to HBO. We do not need the CPB or NPR to be government funded.

The State Department, EPA, HUD, and other executive departments would also see major cuts. While I disagree with the dramatic cuts to foreign aid, which amounts already to less than 1% of the federal budget, the President is keeping his promises in the budget.

Over the last eight years under President Obama, the national debt has exploded. President Obama added more to the national debt than any other President and almost as much as all other Presidents combined. During that time, Democrats claimed the debt and deficit no longer mattered. They will now, no doubt, claim it does matter.

In fact, the national debt has always mattered and President Trump has surrounded himself with a team that understands that and is committed to fiscal discipline. The budget goes a long way toward reducing the size and scope of the federal government and curbing the excesses of an increasingly out of control government bureaucracy. It is a very conservative budget.

Naturally, though the left has gone immediately to hysterics and hyperbole, the real challenges are coming from Republicans who are pronouncing his budget dead on arrival. They oppose his cuts in spending at the Department of States, EPA, and elsewhere. They should, instead, support them.

The 2016 election showed Americans are tired of business as usual in Washington. The objections from Republicans to this budget are objections about disrupting the status quo, which is the very thing voters want. President Trump’s budget shakes up the status quo and sets us in the direction of fiscal discipline.

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Axios has a list of 18 federal agencies the President would like to scrap. Doing that alone would save over $3 billion.

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