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Government is still a problem

Posted 03/13/2017 7:29 am by

When it comes to big military adventures, spending and government involvement in your life, the new boss looks a lot like the old boss.


If the Obamacare “repeal” being pushed by President Donald Trump and the GOP establishment is any indicator of how conservative the president’s vision for America is, it’s safe to say that many of his voters are in for a disappointing few years.


The healthcare bill is little more than an amendment to the current healthcare scheme.


As Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told Fox: “This bill is just Obamacare in a different form. … This is smoke and mirrors when we suggest that we’re gonna dupe the American people, we’re gonna do this bill behind closed doors and roll it out and expect the American people to believe it. Let me just tell you, they’re smarter than that and they understand that this is just Obamacare with a different label.”


This week, Trump is expected to roll out his budget proposal.


And while there are expectations that the White House budget suggestions will come with massive cuts to federal agencies in an effort to reduce spending for Trump’s military buildup, the president’s budget is just that– a suggestion.


Congress holds the power of the purse. And the same GOP establishment that was too afraid to repeal Obamacare isn’t likely to go gangbuster of federal bureaucracy, carrying out what Trump advisor Steve Bannon referred to as a “deconstruction of the administrative state.”


Already, some members of the GOP establishment are groaning about “how difficult” it is to go about cutting agency staffs.


More conservative members of Congress who have seen details of the coming budget, the same folks fighting Obamacare Lite, say that Trump’s budget likely isn’t going to go far enough to begin reversing economic damage even if Congress followed all of its recommendations.


Meanwhile, Trump is calling for a huge increase in military spending– which all Republicans will be happy to give.


At the end of the day, Americans are going to end up with a budget that spends more on the military and makes a lot of compromises on cuts to domestic spending. Bottom line is that spending continues to increase.



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