A big fat freak-out over Donald Trump’s “skinny budget”

Source: Reason
by Katherine Mangu-Ward

“Presidential budgets have all the legal force of a letter to Santa — they’re essentially the White House asking Congress for a pony. The ‘skinny’ blueprint released by the Office of Management and Budget in March is the result of even less consultation and collaboration than usual with the legislators who hold actual budget-making power, which makes wish fulfillment even more unlikely. Nevertheless, when President Donald Trump announced $54 billion in cuts to several federal agencies, the press immediately got to work on its own form of slash fiction, fetishizing the appropriations status quo and moaning over any possibility of budgetary restraint.” (for publication 06/17)