Cheat Sheet Q&A: About Trump's budget blueprint:
Today's entry: What do you have to say about Trump's budget now? I remember you commented briefly on it when Avossa sent out a letter to parents criticizing it.
Bottom Line: Ok, your brief question sends me in two different directions. The first is the reminder of just how incredibility irresponsible PBC School Superintendent, Roberta Avossa (who still ducks our interviews ever since I dared to hold him accountable for his irresponsible and misleading actions as superintendent) was to send out a condemning report of the President's budget before there was even an actual budget proposal. But I digress...
Look, I can make the summation of the President's budget pretty simple. No one actually knows. Why do I say that? Who's read and comprehended it? The only people who truly know the answers to those questions are the folks in the budget office at this point. Moreover, is there any chance that the President's blueprint will be passed? Of course not. As is always the case, the Presidential blueprint is a jumping off point for the process. So rather than delving into the weeds about details at this point, it makes the most sense to take a look at the board approach of the President's agenda with the budgeting process. It comes down to three themes :
- Defense is a greater priority under Trump
- Consumer discretionary is less of a priority under Trump
- A balanced budget within ten years is the objective
So here's the 30,000 foot view of where we are with this proposal (because that's all the budget proposal is anyway)...
1. The only actual thing the that the federal government HAS to do is protect us. That's the only constitutional mandated responsibility and also why we didn't have/need a federal income tax until 1913. So it should always be the first, second and third responsibility of the federal government. If we're dead the rest of it doesn't really matter does it?
2. With the aforementioned point and staggering budget deficits and federal debt it's the place you look to save money. There's a difference between a safety net and an entitlement society. The United States didn't become the world's leading super-power due to the entitlement mindset.
3. If the stated goal of a balanced budget is controversial I'd be terrified to see how you manage your personal finances and I'm thankful you're not running the country. Now the criticism up to this point has centered on what leftists politically and their Godless, soulless, slanderous friends in the media have parroted...3% growth is unrealistic and that's what this budget blueprint calls for to balance the budget. Really? As perhaps you've heard me say a time or 1,000. The US economy has averaged 3%+ economic growth. To this very day that's the average growth rate per year. Now we haven't had a year of 3%+ economic growth since 2005 because of poor leadership, but to say the average US growth isn't realistic is perhaps more absurd than Obama saying that "if you like your plan you can keep your plan".
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