Nuggets of Wisdom

Friday, March 17, 2017

Trump Budget Bloats Already Overbloated Military


Donald Trump's first budget outline has been made public, and it's exactly what I expected: cuts to minuscule spending sources such as science and arts while increased spending to our already over-bloated military industrial complex:
$639 billion in total defense spending, including both base budget and Overseas Contingency Operations (the war budget) — a $52 billion increase.

Increases of 7 percent and 6 percent, respectively, for the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Veterans Affairs. That includes funding for a border wall, $1.5 billion more to remove undocumented immigrants, $314 million to hire more Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, and a $667 million reduction in grants to state and local governments, including FEMA grants.
Yeah, any "fiscal conservative" who voted for this guy because they sincerely thought he was going to tackle "big government" and "wasteful spending"—well, I'd say that they should be feeling like suckers by now, but let's be honest: if they were too stupid to vote for him, they're too stupid to notice the cognitive dissonance of their expectations and his actions.