Trump’s Budget: Big Military Increases, Big Cuts Elsewhere

In normal political times, the White House budget proposal is little more than a triviality. It gives the media something to talk about for a few days, but seldom bears much resemblance to the one passed by Congress (in such years that Congress can agree on any budget at all). But if we’ve learned nothing else over the last month, we should know by now that President Trump is not your average president and these are not normal political times. So when Trump finalizes his budget proposal, it’s worth taking it seriously.

According to several reports, the initial draft of the White House budget looks to sharply increase the nation’s military spending, jibing with the promise Trump made on the campaign trail. Largely devised by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, and White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, the budget aims to protect Social Security and Medicare while hacking away at the EPA and the State Department.

In an interview with The New York Times, former Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller said the White House was eager to give the voters a sense of action and leadership. “They might not agree with everything you do,” he said, “but people will respect you for doing what you said you were going to do. He’s doing something first, and there’s time for talk later.”

Miller said this was central to Trump’s plan to unite the country.

“This is ultimately how he’s going to get people who didn’t vote, or people who didn’t vote for him, into the fold,” he said. “Inside the Beltway and with the media, there’s this focus on the palace intrigue. Out in the rest of the country, they are seeing a guy who is focused on jobs and the economy.”

Democrats, however, say that the “doing” coming from President Trump is just a spectacle for his base. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rejected Trump’s image as an illusion. “The man is not a doer,” she said. “Oh, please. He has nothing to show for what he’s been doing in office for 40 days. It’s all been squandered.”

Uh-huh. Interesting that Trump’s liberal opposition can claim two different realities: One where Trump is busy ruining this country and leading America into a dark period of totalitarianism, and also one where he’s chilling in the Oval Office, pretending to work. Is he a potent threat to democracy or a “show” president who spends all his time watching Fox News?

The mysteries of the Democrat mind. Don’t waste your energy trying to figure it out.

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