I, for one, back any and all elimination of the welfare state, as well as the warfare state. Both of them seem to get us in the most debt and the most trouble in this nation. While “military spending” is up (that means not just defense but the empire we’ve been constructing), President Donald Trump is making a move to make $3.6 trillion in cuts to the US welfare state over the next ten years.
The Trump fiscal 2018 budget proposal was released on Tuesday and he is looking to cut $3.6 trillion in food stamps, Medicaid health insurance payments, disability benefits, low-income housing assistance and block grants that fund meals-on-wheels for the elderly.
Still, not one of those things is something that Congress is authorized to spend money on per the Constitution. Not one! So, with regards to the cuts, they are right, but to be constitutional, they should be eliminated completely.
Bloomberg reports that Trump’s budget is not finding any favor in Congress, even among Republicans. So much for being conservative, right?
“It’s a taxpayer-first budget,” said Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. “We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs and the amount spent on those programs.”
Well, government shouldn’t be measuring compassion in the first place. It’s not their job to do that. That’s individual citizen’s responsibility. As I’ve pointed out before, the Bible is the real standard here, and as such the Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1-3) gave this parable and notice that he spoke of individuals, not government showing compassion and love for people with their own money, not someone else’s. Keep in mind this is a lawyer that comes and asks this of Jesus.
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. -Luke 10:25-37
The government seems to want to do anything and everything but what they are supposed to do, which is to punish evildoers (Romans 13:1-5).
However, to Mr. Mulvaney, who was the representative in my district before obtaining his current position, which programs are being eliminated Mr. Mulvaney? None, of which I know, and you are continuing to fund those programs, so what is the reason you won’t completely eliminate them? Is it because you are measuring compassion with other people’s money? I think it is, or else you would remove these unconstitutional programs.
Republicans and Democrats both sounded off on Trump’s budget.
“We know the president’s budget is not going to be passed as proposed,” Republican Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). Cornyn said the bill would be “dead on arrival.”
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that the budget was “the latest example of the president breaking his promises to working Americans.”
Of course, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said that the budget would get a serious adjustment in Congress, which simply means more unconstitutional spending. After all, Ryan has had no problem selling the American people out time and again.
“Here’s what I’m happy about: We finally have a president who’s willing to actually even balance the budget,” Ryan told reporters. “And we will have a great debate about the details on how to achieve those goals.”
Well, Speaker Ryan, it is not Congress’ job to “balance the budget.” It’s Congress’ job to stick to constitutional spending under the enumerated powers of the Constitution! I wish these guys understood that!
The total reported cuts in the spending bill, including the welfare state cuts, over the next decade would come to a total of only $4.5 trillion.
While Trump’s budget could push the economy towards a 3 percent growth goal, it relies on an overhaul of the U.S. tax and regulatory code to stimulate that growth. Yet, the real question is, is the budget constitutional or not? That is a question you will not hear asked in DC, and this is a part of the problem with spending, deficits and debt in government.
Why they won’t simply say the real cuts per year is anyone’s guess, but I think it’s nothing more than to be deceptive to make it sound like a lot of money is being cut when the reality is that only a couple of billion, which is a drop in the bucket of federal spending, is what is being proposed.