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Trump Budget Full of Spending Increases

Proponents of government spending warned of a budget full of cuts, but that's not what happened.

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Remember President Trump's "terrible" budget cuts?

"Promises Little but Pain," warned The New York Times.

"Harsh and shortsighted," cried The Washington Post.

Then Congress passed a budget. President Trump signed it. Do you notice the "pain"?

I follow the news closely, but until I researched this column, I didn't know that Congress actually raised spending on the very agencies Trump wanted to cut.

Trump called for a $4.7 billion dollar cut to the Agriculture Department. Congress increased the department's appropriation by $12.8 billion.

He called for a $15 billion cut to Health and Human Services. Congress instead gave them $2.8 billion more.

Trump wanted a $6.2 billion cut to Housing and Urban Development. Congress gave HUD a half-billion-dollar increase.

Trump wanted the Commerce Department's budget cut by $1.4 billion. Congress made no cut.

And so on.

Why wasn't that news? Because in Washington, and in the media's eyes, spending increases are expected. And cuts are always "terrible."

America continues on its road to bankruptcy.

What will those departments do with their new money?

The Agriculture Department says its mission is to "promote agricultural production that better nourishes Americans." Politicians claim we need the department to guarantee an adequate food supply.

Nonsense.

Because of the free market, agricultural entrepreneurs provide plenty of food. Fruit and vegetable farmers rarely get subsidies, but there are ample supplies of fruits and vegetables.

We don't need an Agriculture Department any more than we need a Hollywood Movie Department or iPhone Department.

Most of what the department does is corporate welfare. America's richest corn and grain farmers collect most of the money.

Politicians eagerly give money to people who visit their offices and pour out tales of need.

Corn and grain farmers visit and whine because they have millions of dollars at stake.

You don't visit because each subsidy costs you just a few bucks.

So the corporate welfare continues.

Members of Congress might stop the wasteful spending if they spent their own money. But they don't. They spend ours.

Congress ignored Trump's request to cut the Commerce Department, too.

Commerce's biggest program is NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA pushes climate change alarmism, producing PSAs that warn Arctic ice is "thinning at an alarming rate!"

If that's a serious problem, NOAA's spending won't stop it. NOAA's bureaucrats got caught buying a $300,000 yacht—and using it to go fishing.

The department says what they do is "critical." They fund "centers in every state that consult with companies facing technological problems."

Government is good at fixing tech problems? News to me.

The department claims "every dollar of federal investment … generates around $30" because each "$2,400 investment" creates a job.

I'm sure they help some politically savvy companies, but their claim ignores the good things your money would have done had it stayed in the private sector. That's the unseen cost of funding every department. We'll never know what our dollars might have done had they not been taken from us by government.

Maybe a new Steve Jobs would have invented a…

I don't know. We'll never know, because government grabbed the money.

President Trump seems to understand that government wastes money, but after proposing cuts to some departments, he was eager to increase military spending. So Congress did. The military got the biggest increase.

Defense, at least, is a proper role of government. Government should keep us safe. But our current military is wasteful and involved in needless foreign entanglements.

We spend as much as the next seven countries combined—eight times more than Russia spends. Many of the missions our politicians give the military—interventions in places like Iraq, Libya and Syria—made us less safe by destabilizing the Middle East and creating new terrorists.

Congress should cut spending to the military and to the departments Trump wanted to cut.

But politicians almost never cut. Despite all those headlines about "harsh," "painful," "terrible" cuts, government increased spending again.

We are going broke. Later this year, the national debt will reach $20 trillion. Yet Congress appropriated more—a Republican-majority Congress.

Politicians sure are generous with other people's money.

One small positive note: I'm told the city government in Toronto is bringing down the price of that $65,000 staircase I wrote about last week to $10,000. Keep cutting.

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  1. Government never cuts spending.

    The “Republicans” who whine that Trump doesn’t abide by conservative political philosophy need to look at the budget THEY passed vs the one he proposed.

    He signed it, which is bad on him. He should’ve vetoed it and asked them to be serious for a change.

    But the Republicans passed a budget that was bigger than what Trump requested.

    So, again I ask — why does it MATTER if Republicans are the majority party? No change will occur.

  2. This really could have been a single page. Spoiler alert: The last page contains a brickbat.

    1. Good web design always uses multiple pages for an article. How else would you generate any suspense?

      1. Not to mention clicks for ad revenue?

        1. What ads?

    2. But if Stossel didn’t write in short choppy sentences while using double spacing would I still read them in his voice? We’ll never know.

      1. If I knew his voice, would I stop reading him in Alex Jones’ voice?
        We’ll never know

      2. If I knew his voice, would I stop reading him in Alex Jones’ voice?
        We’ll never know

      3. If I knew his voice, would I stop reading him in Alex Jones’ voice?
        We’ll never know

  3. republicans are the ‘only a little left of center’ wing of the democratic party.
    Both are for increased federal spending and federal control of the populace. The only differences are which parts of the federal government, and which parts of the populace to control.

  4. Yeah, but they didn’t raise spending as much as proggies want. Which is the same as a cut. Just ask Tony!

  5. Talk about your dishonest and misleading headlines, Jesus Christ. And if Trump had refused to sign the budget threatening a “government shutdown”, the usual suspects around here would have gone hysterical like they always do.

    1. It became Trump’s budget the moment he signed it.

    2. The Lefties live and breathe hysterical! They have absolutely nothing left but hatred and resistance to everything Trump. If POTUS even dares to do anything Good for America they go Ballistic. They have no interest in the American People succeeding in this putrid environment.

  6. Remember President Trump’s “terrible” budget cuts?

    My lefty gf’s card carrying, Team Blue acolyte parents/family are laboring under the delusion that Team Red intends to slash their precious (mostly unconstitutional) social programs to the bone. After years upon years of observation, idk how anyone can believe that any meaningful cuts will be made. I suppose they believe their own propaganda. The only comment I made on the matter was “IF ONLY”.

    1. As retarded as your gf and her parents/family sound, what does it say about you that you have such a gf?

      1. As retarded as your gf and her parents/family sound, what does it say about you that you have such a gf?

        Her parents really drink the kool-aid (my gf not so much). But, as said, they are card carrying Team Blue acolytes. So being TEAM first, removes their ability to reason. My gf was raised by them so she comes by it honestly. And it’s not that she’s stupid. She’s just been stuck in a bubble all her life. I’m working on that and have gotten her to come around to the side of freedom on some things (i.e. direct taxes on property are bad, guns are not scary/evil).

  7. “Maybe a new Steve Jobs would have invented a…”

    Steve invented the round corners of the iphone. It was government researchers who gave us the touch pad and GPS. Nothing was stopping Steve from doing this except an understandable aversion to risk that doesn’t deter government.

  8. “Big spending Trump?” Congress passes budgets, not the President. You can fault him for not vetoing it if you like but I’m sure if he did so the writers at Reason would be upset about that too, being big Anti-Trumpers.

    He could certainly go to war with his own party but given the chance to override a Trump veto I’m sure the Dems would jump aboard to do so. For a publication that (supposedly) supports limited constitutional government perhaps the writers should be taking aim at the “Republicans” who decided that what we really wanted was them to act like Democrats and increase spending and dump the consequences for our overspending ways on our children.

    1. Exactly! I don’t know what’s up with Reason. It is more important to attack Trump than address the real issues. Did they go after Obama like rabid bulls as he doubled the debt and made this disastrous healthcare?

  9. “Big spending Trump?” Congress passes budgets, not the President. You can fault him for not vetoing it if you like but I’m sure if he did so the writers at Reason would be upset about that too, being big Anti-Trumpers.

    He could certainly go to war with his own party but given the chance to override a Trump veto I’m sure the Dems would jump aboard to do so. For a publication that (supposedly) supports limited constitutional government perhaps the writers should be taking aim at the “Republicans” who decided that what we really wanted was them to act like Democrats and increase spending and dump the consequences for our overspending ways on our children.

    1. Whhooooooossssssshhhhh……

  10. We don’t need more military spending. In combination with the planned tax cuts (odds on them going through are good) the deficits are going up and up again. Republicans are only deficit hawks while they are in the minority. They only want to starve the parts of the beast that are not interests of their campaign contributors and ex-cronies (favored lobbyists).

  11. Military spending is ridiculous. When I was still in a few years ago, I worked in a position that I could see the prices the government is paying for things. After seeing how high prices were for common things you can order online, I determined that the military pays an average of three times more for a product than a civilian person or organization does.

    Why is this you ask? Well, no-bid contracts don’t help for one. Once the government has a contract on supplies, they don’t change the contract no matter what the contractor does. The government does not employ free market principles in anything it does. Corporate welfare at its finest

  12. noooooo.

    A Republican president is proposing spending increases and tax cuts?

    who was the last Republican not to do so.

    Borrow and spend is back.

    no one cares about debt or deficits anymore

  13. It’s a small price to pay to avoid eating Nazi cakes.

    1. Are they Nazi CUPcakes, at least?

  14. NOTHING LEFT TO CUT.

  15. How is that “mexico is going to pay for the wall” promise going? What a fucking bunch of suckers who fell for that.

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