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The real coup d’etat?

We’ve had weeks of exciting news elsewhere, but I’m finally updating an earlier post on President Trump’s budget plans. Where we are:

  • The U.S. national debt is at $20 trillion and counting, with an operating cash deficit around $800+ billion per year. (Thanks, Obama!)
  • Trump hasn’t changed anything – yet; he has allowed Congress to pass continuing resolutions that change nothing.
  • Having said that: his proposals are revolutionary.

From the Associated Press:

JULY 07, 2017 – The Trump administration aims to further tighten its grip on spending, issuing a memo Friday that calls for eliminating some federal agencies and cutting government jobs as part of the upcoming fiscal 2019 budget.

…the 2019 budget would be a “comprehensive plan” to reduce the number of government workers and merge or terminate federal agencies as requested by an executive order signed in March…

…sharply reduce spending for Medicaid, food stamps and student loan subsidies, among other programs. Even Republican lawmakers called the cuts draconian…

The memo for fiscal 2019 is an initial step for a budget the White House would propose early next year.

FY2019 begins a little over a year from now, in October 2018. That’s a ways off. Trump’s proposals don’t touch Social Security or Medicare, the most fiscally-dangerous entitlements. And Congress will mangle any cuts that he does propose. So, all this is slow progress.

Having said that: It is very different from what Obama or Hillary would have proposed. While the President does not set the budget, he runs OMB and gives important input. Trump has suggested that food stamp recipients should have to work. And here are 66 programs that Trump would want to eliminate.

All this surely adds to the intensity of left-wing and Deep State opposition to Trump. As the saying goes, “Follow the money”.

Re: Deep State, consider that Trump has proposed deep cuts to the State Department and foreign aid. And I’ve heard tales (sorry, I can’t find the link right now) of CIA employees adoring Obama because of the way he boosted their budgets and salaries; if true, of course they would perceive the “unknown”, budget-cutting Trump as an enemy.

Again, the President does not dictate the budget – constitutionally, the Congress does – but the tendency/direction of his proposals has an impact. That we have a President who will propose cuts, is a Regime Change. Let’s hope it sticks.

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  1. That we have a President who will propose cuts, is a Regime Change. Let’s hope it sticks.

    If you are a believer, you can light your candles and start praying every evening for that.

    At this point, in this age, I can’t quite think of anything better to do to support it.

    Appeal to divine help.

    Comment by Cyril — July 9, 2017 @ 7:17 am - July 9, 2017

  2. Knowing how ferociously congress and other critters will fight these cuts he should have proposed even much more drastic cuts to bargain back to these but ….. don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

    Comment by Rex — July 9, 2017 @ 10:38 am - July 9, 2017

  3. Proposing cuts or thinking about privatizing Social Security &/or Medicare is a non-starter. I’m a fiscal conservative & a Conservative but if one doesn’t have a sense of pragmatism it’s difficult to understand/comprehend life in general. I won’t go on about these etched in stone all-the-population involved programs that owe people money & are relied upon by our senior citizens, patriots & marxists alike.

    Not sure that I would believe any deep state CIA or other intelligence peeps adoring Obama. He p!ssed them off more than once & our intelligence agencies are one & the same with the military, at least as far as who they perceive supports their effort. They get the cash they need no matter what & understand more than the average great unwashed, therefore; aren’t entertaining false narratives.

    Spending takes several phases to get it to the expected ideological order. The fact that Trump has mandated his Cabinet reduce the size & budget of their respective agencies signals massive reduction of cost which shifts & reduces everything in general.

    As far as the deep state in intelligence, when you have a new boss with a big staff of police looking for collaborators & infiltrators, you’re more worried about what you’ve done that marks you as a traitor & deep state, than you are about continuing the pettiness of playing god in a bucket.

    People think that Trump isn’t consolidating his power. It’s just not true. Even the Veterans admin has actually terminated hundreds of idiots. Which would include nastily-entitled bureaucrats & rumored deep state Liberals.

    I would imagine it’s quite a process.

    It’s easier to be a rightwing bureaucrat than it is to be a radical leftist in government & the rats are headed towards the walls. Except in this day & age there are all sorts of ways of killing them in their hidden lairs. More ways that just bringing underlings into the confidence of upper management in order to get the skinny on holdouts.

    Comment by Hanover — July 9, 2017 @ 2:01 pm - July 9, 2017

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