Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speak to the media about President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget in the Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The President and His Team Get It Right

Congressional leaders may be declaring it dead on arrival, but President Trump’s budget is a great conservative framework for getting the country on sound fiscal footing. The wailing and gnashing of teeth are a great distraction from what is a reasonable document.

The left in the United States has decided the measure of government programs should be by how many people are helped. Mick Mulvaney, the head of the Office of Management and Budget, has determined the best measure should be how many people government programs help elevate out of their need. It is a profoundly wise and proper measure.

Jesus may have said we will always have the poor, but he did not mean the very same people. The left seems determined to breed addiction to government programs instead of providing meaningful opportunities for upward mobility. We should be able to shrink government programs, consolidate them, and end them as we improve the lives of Americans.

Fundamentally, though, the left has a harder problem. If we were to give them all the tax increases they wanted, we would still not close the budget deficit, and we would still not reduce the national debt. Something must be cut.

While waste, fraud, and abuse can be cut, that is not enough. The left would prefer to cut the military, but a quick look at Manchester, England suggests that would be foolish. So what will they cut?

On top of that, if we give the left the tax increases they want, the economy would tank. That would reduce tax revenue negating any tax increase.

The simple fact is that we have $20 trillion in national debt and something has to be cut. In fact, a great many things must be cut.

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