Drumpf has sent another dead letter budget to Capitol Hill:
“WASHINGTON — President Trump sent Congress on Monday a record $4.75 trillion budget request that proposes an increase in military spending and sharp cuts to domestic programs like education and environmental protection for the 2020 fiscal year.
Mr. Trump’s budget, the largest in federal history, includes a nearly 5 percent increase in military spending — which is more than the Pentagon had asked for — and an additional $8.6 billion for construction of a border wall with Mexico. And it contains what White House officials called a total of $1.9 trillion in cost savings from mandatory safety net programs, like Medicaid and Medicare.
The budget is unlikely to have much impact on actual spending levels, which are controlled by Congress. Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate pronounced the budget dead on arrival on Sunday, and Mr. Trump’s budgets largely failed to gain traction in previous years, when fellow Republicans controlled both chambers.” …
What’s in the budget?
More of the same old conservatism. What’s that?
– $750 billion in military spending on Boomer Toys, a $38 billion increase over FY 2019, which includes a $9 billion increase for “Overseas Contingency Operations,” i.e., a war chest for John Bolton’s stupid wars and/or indefinite occupations in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Venezuela, etc.
– A purely symbolic request for $8.6 billion for the Drumpf Wall. We all know he will get nothing but chump change for it from the GOP Congress, but he has to request it anyway.
– A whopping $1.9 trillion in cuts to entitlement programs like Medicaid and Medicare. Nothing is more “populist” than cutting the forgotten man’s health care in West Virginia.
Mick Mulvaney’s FY 2019 budget also included huge cuts in entitlement programs to pay for increased military spending. It included a proposal to cut the student debt loan forgiveness program. Conservatives believe we need to tighten our belts to pay for more welfare for Israel.
This won’t go anywhere like the proposed 2019 budget, but it does tell you a lot about the mindset of these people. The request for the $8.6 billion in imaginary border wall funding is in there solely to distract from what the GOP really wants to do with federal spending.