Why Trump's budget blueprint loses libertarians

Source: Reason
by Nick Gillespie

"President Donald Trump has released what was being touted as a 'skinny' budget, meaning that it would put federal spending on a diet. Would that that were true. The blueprint, which doesn't engage with entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security and other forms of 'mandatory' spending at all, simply balances cuts to various parts of the government with increases to the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. In fiscal 2017, the government plans to spend around $1.1 trillion in discretionary spending (this is spending that is voted on every year; the rest of the federal budget is essentially on autopilot). Under Trump's plan, it will spend that much again in 2018. Overall federal spending will still come in around $4 trillion. Let's call this what it is: Unacceptable." (03/16/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/03/16/trumps-budget-blueprint-is-decadent-and

  • dL

    Well, you would actually have to possess something before you can "lose" it. Trump never "had" me to begin with. So, he didn't "lose" anything.

    The "Reason shtick" by and large is irrevocably wedded to the institution of conservative fusionism. It doesn't matter what the Rethugs do…they will never lose Reason and beltway crackpipe libertarians. Oh, they will give dire warnings, raise of litany of raised furrow brows, write a stack full of requiems, but they will never leave.