Republicans Should Support President Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposal

from – ConservativeActionProject.com

The Conservative Movement wholeheartedly supports President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal.

Any budget is a series of compromises, between what is ideal and what is achievable. Conservatives know that Rome wasn’t built — or burned — in a day. Nevertheless, the Conservative Movement rightly expected the Trump administration to start any budget negotiations closer to the ideal than any administration has been able to for decades.

And that is what it has done. The proposed budget is a major step in the right direction, even though it does not save a lot of money compared to the total budget. But even the savings it does achieve, one percent, just 1%, of the discretionary budget, is a major achievement. Most budgets increase spending. This one shrinks it.

Critics will cry foul: they will say the cuts are draconian. But it simply cannot be that the country cannot survive a 1 percent reduction in the discretionary budget. Families across America do that, and a lot more besides, every year. This budget will demonstrate that it is possible to cut spending without having the oceans begin to rise or the planet beginning to suffer.

And even though the budget is still high, how the money is saved is significant. It is saved by eliminating programs that have no constitutional justification, thereby returning the government of the country to its proper constitutional basis. That in itself is a major achievement and one that conservatives can build on in the future.

This budget eliminates all $148 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, all $148 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the $230 million Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the $445 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, including PBS and NPR. $445 million may not seem like a lot of money to some congressmen, but many Americans go their entire lives without seeing that kind of money.

And in addition, the budget completely eliminates the following agencies:

African Development Foundation
Appalachian Regional Commission
Chemical Safety Board
Corporation for National and Community Service
Delta Regional Authority
Denali Commission
Inter-American Foundation
U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Legal Services Corporation
Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation
Northern Border Regional Commission
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
U.S. Institute of Peace
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The conservative joke going around Washington these days is, “What do you call the elimination of 19 federal agencies?” You guessed it: “A beginning.”

This is a budget conservatives are happy to support enthusiastically.

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4 years ago

I hope this temporary budget leads to better things as Trump promised otherwise both he and the Republican party are finished.

One thing to note, we don’t need a ‘wall’ we need a ‘smart wall’ or barrier with immigration reform. Trumps immigration agenda is already reducing border crossing drastically, 40% overall, 90% for women with child. It just needs that extra installment of an effective barrier with monitoring. The other half involve visas tracking and foreign vetting.

Richard Hennessy
4 years ago

The article didn’t give any figures for the budget cost or compare it to previous budgets. Therefore, I don’t consider it particularly useful. I do agree with the proposed funding and agency reductions, but that doesn’t tell me if it does enough to cut unnecessary funding, projects and programs, especially those that should be the responsibility of the various states and local governments, not the Federal government.R

4 years ago

To the author/writer of this article, please clarify, is this a budget to budget comparison and is it an actual, absolute dollar year over year reduction of spending holding fy17 discretionary spending line items unchanged in content, i.e., no accounting change funny business, so a $1.00 budgetef in fy17 is now $.99, if so this is reassuring.

Also, how did you corrobirate the one percent reduction, as most often a stated reduction is merely a change in the rate of increased spending.
I apologize for being skeptical, and am courious about you analysis.

Tom Bozikis
4 years ago

Usually when I hear that the president’s proposals should be supported, I immediately think, support it without any changes. Whatever happened to “Let’s stick to the Constitution?” We have so disregarded it, that I wonder how we, as a whole, can still refer to our form of government as a republic.

Congress makes up rules on how they will conduct business devoid of any appearance of following the Constitution, and the oath they take is meaningless. They have ceded authority to the Executive Branch, and so they are no longer responsible for passing meaningful legislation, and even with ObamaCare, they can’t repeal it, even though, that’s what the Republicans promised.

I realize that President Trump is not a conservative, and the conservative movement has been cooped by the establishment.

This is what’s really crazy. When I was in college in the 60s, we students were against the establishment, but today the leftist students of the 60s have become the establishment of today. Back then I was on the left, but here I am on the right and I’m now anti-establishment.

I believe in the rule of law, as defined by the Constitution, and any act of Congress or executive order, presidential directive, or other executive action, or judicial opinion that is outside the parameters of the Constitution are no law, and are not required to be obeyed. If Congress can pass laws outside the Constitution, the Executive Branch enforce those laws, and the judiciary hand down opinions that are outside of their limited authority, then the republic is dead.

It is the House of Representatives alone that the has sole authority to create a budget and spend money. Article I. Sec. 7, Clause 1. The spending of money is not a bill, the Senate can’t hold it up, and the president can’t veto it either. Check out Federalist 58 by James Madison, and he explains it.

I oppose President’s Trump desire to spend $1 trillion on roads and bridges. As I understand it, the original stimulus that passed in 2009 of $787 billion continues to be included in every subsequent continuing resolution. That stimulus and the continuing resolution are unconstitutional.

4 years ago

We need to all stand together to promote the party and the President. It only hurts our partywhen we don’t stand as one. Let’s get this through.

4 years ago
Reply to  Jane

1) You are assuming that the party establishment and Trump share common objectives and goals. That is clearly not the case by the actions both Ryan and McConnell have chosen to pursue since Trump was sworn in. Ryan by his deciding to offer up such a convoluted, multi-step, multi-year solution to Obamacare? that it not only didn’t do what the American people wanted (full repeal), but merely amounts to a glorified political she’ll game. McConnell by allowing the Democrat minority to essentially obstruct and delay every facet of the Trump administration, from quickly approving Cabinet appointees to unnecessarily dragging out the Senate approval of Gorsuch to the SC. All of it could have been avoided if McConnell had simply invoked the nuclear option on day one.

2) Most people care less about party than getting the country back on track. While Trump is not a conservative, his basic instincts as a businessman are far more aligned with what is in the best interests of the country than most members of the establishment GOP. Most members of the establishment only care about being endlessly re-elected for 30 or 40 years and then retiring on what amounts to their full salary. Only the members of the House Freedom Caucus and a few Senators seem to have the best interests if the country and the Constitution at heart. So if the party wants the full support of fiscal and constitutional conservatives, they need to start acting on behalf of the people instead of just themselves.

I could go on, but why bother. I fully expect most establishment Congressional Republicans to buckle under the pressure of the Democrats and their willing and faithful servants, the mainstream media, to quickly distance themselves from both Trump’s proposed budget and his tax reform proposals. As I stated above, the GOP in Congress have in their power to completely negate the Democrat obstruction, but they are too spineless to use it.

4 years ago

A wonderful but small beginning to reduce entrenched interests, pet projects and slush funds with fancy titles.
Does PBS/NPR really need to run 24/7? Or does PBS really have to pay the CEO $660,000 yearly salary plus all the imaginable perks? Can’t our Govt. tighten its belt like so many citizen taxpayers have had to do in recent decades while the automatic pay and benefit expansions and increases continue unabated in the Great Swamp that fosters the “Let them eat cake” attitude? President Trump has a strong mandate to reduce the cost of The Swamp that should not be squandered away by the likes of Ryan and McConnell. Of course we can pay for “the Wall” – just as easily as obama could send $150 billion dollars in cash stacked on pallets to Iran.

4 years ago

The Republicans in Congress so far
Have not really demonstrated the capability or willingness to support the Trump agenda
Maybe they weren’t prepared for the Trump win
Maybe they don’t have the spine to maneuver and fight like the Dems
Maybe they can’t handle the responsibility of being in the majority
Maybe they have some turf of their own to protect
It’s gotta change or we’re gonna be stuck with a ravenous over bearing Washington Beltway government that will soak up our money and liberties.

4 years ago
Reply to  Hen3ry

This is quite disturbing to me, but not totally surprising. Most of Republicans now are moderates. They don’t like change and have no faith that such a successful business man knows what he is doing. I find Trump to be a breath of fresh air not being a part of the “Washington DC elite” (as they call themselves) but sometimes people have to get out of their “boxes” or this country is going to sink into nothingness soon.

4 years ago

Not only should Congress fully support Trump’s budget, Congressional Republicans should offer to cut even more from the budget to demonstrate to the American people that they are serious about attacking the bloated bureaucracy of Washington. Of course I know that won’t actually happen as many of the establishment Republicans love big, bloated, inefficient Washington spending almost as much as the Democrats do. Aside from the House Freedom Caucus and a few conservative Senators, there really isn’t much of a stomach in Congress for actual budget austerity. Sorry if that offends anyone, but that is the truth.

There is nothing wrong with any of the cuts Trump has proposed. They all are quite reasonable. No mission critical, must-have, essential programs or agencies are impacted. Yet I am sure there will be many spineless establishment types who will side with the Democrats and claim any budget cuts are going to result in untold misery and we must, as a compassionate people (translation: ignorant suckers who don’t know and don’t care how our taxpayer dollars are being routinely wasted), we cannot afford to cut one dollar from the federal budget.

So I expect to see both Ryan and McConnell basically ignoring Trump’s budget request and instead crafting their own versions, which essentially maintain the status quo. They will plead endlessly about the need to be both compassionate (see above) and to be acting in the spirit of compromise (translation: surrendering to the Democrats yet again) in order to win Democrat support. McConnell could of course simply use the nuclear option for legislative purposes (he has said as much) , which would completely negate the Senate Democrats, but he has already said he won’t do that. He wants to maintain regular order for the passage of legislation. So while Trump’s budget is fine and a great start to scaling back the federal bureaucracy, it will NOT be the budget that is ultimately passed. That should upset everyone who cares about the long-term prospects for this country, as the establishment Republicans are needlessly throwing away the last chance we have to save this nation.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Very well stated, PaulE. and well laid out as to what is wrong and where the fault lies. Trump as President has made an excellent beginning. Let’s see just how bad the Establishment will mess it up.

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