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Government Waste

Draining the Swamp: Trump Considering 10% Spending Cuts, 20% Reduction in Federal Workforce

Written by Philip Hodges

If the Trump administration is able to do this, it would be a tremendous feat.

Most people in America would agree that our federal government is way too large and unsustainable. While politicians in the past have paid lip service to decreasing the size of government, they’ve been too afraid to deal with their opposition.

From the federal workforce’s perspective, decreasing the size of government is “destroying jobs.” And liberals know that when conservatives talk about slashing government spending, they’re really talking about putting the sick and elderly out on the street with no medical care.

It’s true that if the Trump administration is successful in cutting the size of the federal government – and 20 percent is a massive cut – people will lose their jobs. But it would be through attrition, hiring freezes, or reorganization. And it wouldn’t be immediate. It would be over four years.

Also, Medicare and Social Security – what liberals claim conservatives want to get rid of now in order to kill the sick and the elderly sooner – won’t be touched. The Washington Examiner reported:

At least two so-called “landing teams” in Cabinet agencies have relayed the call for cuts as part of their marching orders to shrink the flab in government.

The cuts would target discretionary spending, not mandated programs such as Medicare or Social Security, the sources said.

The spending reductions are expected to be used to help pay for Trump’s plan to boost the Pentagon’s budget, tax cuts and some pet projects, potentially including the anti-immigration wall on the nation’s southern border.

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Presidents rarely cut spending, choosing freezes instead. In the meantime, federal spending has reached historic levels. Trump has picked a budget hawk, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, to head the Office of Management and Budget, a clear sign that spending cuts are a top priority.

Still, Trump is likely to face a wall of opposition from Democrats and federal unions who consider much of the federal workforce on their side.

While national defense is obviously important, the Pentagon does not need more money. What I would not like to see is all the spending and government cuts being offset by more spending in other departments. That wouldn’t be a true cut.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


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