Trump releases federal budget with big increases for military, border security

by Dave Boyer
February 13, 2018

It’s difficult to see through all the red ink, but President Trump’s proposed $4.38 trillion budget for fiscal 2019 contains consistent conservative policy solutions for the years ahead, such as beefing up the military and border security, trimming domestic spending across the board, containing the cost of most entitlement programs and slashing foreign aid.

After the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, Mr. Trump would impose a “two-penny” rule on most domestic discretionary spending, cutting social programs by 2 percent per year, or two cents for every dollar spent. Over 10 years, the White House said, it would save taxpayers $1.5 trillion.

The president would curb the costs of Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlement programs except Social Security by $1.7 trillion over a decade, by giving states more flexibility to devise programs more targeted to the neediest citizens. He would cut $675 billion over a decade by repealing Obamacare, another entitlement program.

Cuts are proposed for food stamps and other welfare benefits, federal aid to education, and health care organizations that provide abortions. The budget would eliminate federal funding for public media.

Instead of granting all federal civilian employees an automatic pay raise next year, the White House is proposing to create a $1 billion fund for managers to give out performance-based pay raises. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said more than 99 percent of federal employees currently get performance-based raises automatically.

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • bobnstuff says:

    Are we about to be invaded? Is there a need for out spending the next four nation combined? Just why are we building up our already blotted military? Can anyone really justify this spending? We are building up a great 20th century military in the 21th century. Just who are we planning to invade? Russia has one aircraft carrier, a out of date one. China just put their first one out to sea. We have twenty aircraft carriers, most sitting unused. Why are we wasting so much money on the military?

    1. chw2000 says:

      As an ass hole draft dodger you have no right to make any comment on our military, NONE! As for being invaded, we already have been. Do you think illegals aren’t causing problems for this country? You have your head buried so far up some Democrats ass that you can’t figure out anything but what the dems want you to think. You’re an ass hole Bob. Complete and unclean. You really need a wipe!

      1. bobnstuff says:

        I’m with Cadet Bone Spur except my disability was real. But we can’t and don’t use any of military to guard the borders. Once again you have no defense just name calling.

    2. Gary Smith says:

      Why are we wasting so much money on planned parenthood and crap like that?

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