President Ronald Reagan was on the money when he suggested the best offense is the best possible defense our tax dollars can buy.
Predictably the progressives on the left are sharpening their spears, they can usually count on the support of John McCain and Lindsey Graham, both hawks, who like to muck things up in the Republican party.
With these two losers, it will depend on which way the wind if blowing to vote for President Trumps proposed budget.
Trump’s call for deep cuts to spending at home is likely to set up major battles on Capitol Hill, where Democrats and even House Republicans will likely be reluctant to pass a spending bill that includes such major reductions in programs for their constituents.
If those who oppose it would take the time to read it, it’s clear the $54 billion will be great for the economy and create additional private sector jobs.
What part of current waste in the current military being cut, don’t they understand?
Members of the progressive left are suffering from a form of self-inflicted brain damage. (Source)
They need to chill out.
The Washington Times
President Trump’s 2018 budget will slash foreign aid in order to boost defense spending, he said Monday morning, promising cuts to almost every non-security category.
His budget envisions a $54 billion spike in spending by security agencies, with the money coming from cuts to domestic discretionary programs.
“This budget will be a public safety and national security budget,” the president said.
Mr. Trump also said his spending plan will contain more spending for infrastructure.
He lamented that the U.S. has spent trillions on military operations in the Middle East over the past two decades without winning wars.
“We’re nowhere,” the president said. “We don’t fight to win. We spend $6 trillion in the Middle East, and we have potholes all over our roads.”
“This budget expects the rest of the world to step up,” the official said.
Defense hawks on Capitol Hill were already positioning to outbid President Trump. (Source)
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said the $54 billion boost would bring defense spending next year to $603 billion. He said that was just 3 percent more than President Obama had envisioned.
Mr. McCain said the department needs $37 billion more than Mr. Trump is calling for.
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“With the world on fire, America cannot secure peace through strength with just 3 percent more than President Obama’s budget. We can and must do better,” Mr. McCain said.
Budget analysts, though, said the problem isn’t too little money, it’s bad spending decisions.
“The defense budget is bloated with massive amounts of waste and spending that respond to the military needs of the world that doesn’t exist anymore,” said Veronique de Rugy, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
“Any additional increase in defense spending without addressing these issues raises a serious risk that the new injection of funds will once again be allocated based on politics or outdated priorities rather than national security concerns.”
Monday’s initial look at Mr. Trump’s budget dealt only with very general top-line discretionary spending numbers, which account for about 40 percent of the total budget.
The other 60 percent are automatic spending programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid — the biggest drivers of ballooning spending. The White House budget office said Mr. Trump’s plans for those programs will come later, with the release of his full budget.