(National Sentinel) Executive Branch: Most Americans are generous by nature and like to help those in need, but they also know that the nation’s always-expanding and vastly expensive system of social welfare programs are rife with waste, fraud and abuse.
So to them, it seems perfectly logical that President Donald J. Trump’s first budget would seek to cut billions in waste from such programs – and so it does.
But the political careers of too many members of Congress – Democrats especially – depend on their ability to deliver those benefits unscathed by budget cutting presidents, so for them, Trump’s budget will be DOA.
That said, there will also be too many Republicans who used to tout principles of smaller, less expensive government opposed to any substantial budget cuts to social welfare programs, fearing backlash from an Establishment media that doesn’t like them anyway.
And so, we’re not getting too excited about Trump’s ability to actually pass a skinny budget, despite the fact that our country – thanks to many of the same buffoons in Congress, as well as the last two presidents especially – is addled with debt, now approaching $20 trillion. $20 trillion.
Nevertheless, what Trump’s budget will do, hopefully, is spark a conversation among the electorate about waste, fraud and abuse of the system, as well as recognition of the massive debt facing our children and grandchildren, perhaps leading to a groundswell of support for trimming costs where they can be trimmed and refocusing – as Trump pledged – on taxpayers first.
As Fox News reported, the Trump administration’s approach, honestly, will appeal to a yuuuge number of Americans:
President Trump is calling for major cuts to Medicaid and food stamps — alongside increases for national and border security — as part of what administration officials call a “taxpayer-first budget” set to be released Tuesday.
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney drew up the blueprint, which he said would balance the budget by 2027.
“This is the first time that an administration has written a budget through the perspective of the people paying the taxes,” Mulvaney told reporters Monday night.
The White House plan leaves Social Security and Medicare untouched, but calls for $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid and a $193 billion reduction in food stamps over the next ten years.
“We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of people on those programs. We’re going to measure compassion by how many people we can get off those programs,” said Mulvaney, who added that there would be a work requirement for some Americans to continue receiving food stamps.
“If you’re on food stamps and you’re able-bodied, then we need you to go to work,” Mulvaney said.
Critics Left and Right will hammer Mulvaney and Trump over this proposal, of that we have no doubt. But we ask these critics to remember a time in American history, not really that long ago, when such social safety programs did not exist at all or were bare-bones minimum, and Americans were expected to largely fend for themselves – values which taught us self-reliance and self-sufficiency, as well as perseverance and accomplishment.
In the age of the snowflake, safe spaces, and nihilism, though, we need statesmen and stateswomen who can reignite our passion for liberty and freedom, not enabling cowards who can’t see past their next election.