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Nothing is ever enough, no “free stuff” pork is ever too much, the expansion of government is never fast or far enough, no financial burden is ever too much to bear for America’s taxpayers, if you listen to the squawks and hoots of uber-liberals like Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.
President Donald Trump presented a budget that is the largest budget ever proposed for any nation, at any time in the history of mankind. And yet, for the grow-government leftists who fight for a cradle-to-grave nanny state, it’s not enough. This record-setting budget is referred to by Clinton as “unimaginable cruelty”. But it does not matter how large the budget is, it will never be high enough for these more-more-more “progressives” who want to make government the all-powerful influence in all our lives. The welfare gravy train already is flowing fast and frothy, and millions of able-bodied people have no reason to seek work because they are supping at the public trough for free.
Trump proposed his budget through a prism that keeps the interests of taxpayers in mind, a concern for the taxpayer. How novel— something we rarely see elected officials do these days. Trump sees the plight of the taxpayer. But most of the Democrat crowd sees only one role for the taxpayer to play, one “duty” the taxpayer has: to open their personal and corporate wallets and pay for anything the liberals want to give to people who will vote for them in their next election. The truth is that liberal politicians don’t give a damn about the taxpayer. And that’s just as true in my home county of Palm Beach as it is at the federal level.
“We’re no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs,” said White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, when discussing Trump’s proposed $3.6 trillion in budget cuts over the next 10 years. “We’re going to measure compassion and success by the number of people we help get off those programs and back in charge of their own lives.” That’s a unique statement that would never have sprung from a Democratic administration.
Among the 10 countries with the largest Gross Domestic Product, America ranks 3rd in terms of debt as a percentage of GDP.
Recognizing this, Trump’s goal is to balance the federal budget within the next decade, sparking the pooh-pooh progressives– aided and abetted by the lying mainstream media– to slime the proposal. We see Michael Bloomberg and the To-Hell-With-The-Taxpayer crowd pummeling Trump’s proposed “Taxpayer First” Budget. Yet, when I looked at the budget I noticed something amazing that no one saw in eight long years of Obama’s budgets: There is a steady decline that is forecasted in the Federal Deficit, beginning in 2020, and actually producing a bit of a surplus in 2027! This is a major change from previous Budgets, a highway leading out of our deficit morass.
Social Security and Medicare spending will continue to increase under this budget, as does Medicaid (just not as fast). Defense spending increases modestly. Income Tax Revenues almost double in the decade (this makes the Democrats happy, even as it demonstrates how very wrong their demand-side economic theory is). Obamacare’s repeal and replacement starts showing taxpayer savings by 2018. Non-Defense spending decreases over the decade as the Federal Government is reduced in size. This is a budget that a long-view fiscal conservative can warm up to, because the fat is trimmed over time. No progressive will like it because there’s not enough pork in it to balloon government or buy votes.
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