Friday, March 17, 2017

Trump’s first budget plan is a great start


President Trump’s first pass at budget reform has his critics screaming — clearly, a good start.
The prez aims to direct an extra $54 billion (a mere 1.3 percent of the $4 trillion in federal spending) to defense, taking it from other discretionary areas. Even as a share of just discretionary spending ($1.1 trillion), that’s less than a 5 percent shift.

Trump’s overall goal: refocus government on what it’s supposed to do — and out of areas where it has no business. And it’s certainly hard to disagree that defense should take priority.
“The core of my first budget . . . is the rebuilding of our nation’s military without adding to our federal deficit,” Trump said.

For one thing, the new president is determined to signal America’s new role on the world stage.

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