Goldman: Trump Budget is 'Political Document' not 'Working Fiscal Proposal'

If you are in a disability insurance and are not supposed to be, you are not really disabled, we need you to go back to work, ' he noted.

Roughly two months after Trump's administration released what was termed a "skinny budget", the more comprehensive proposal - termed a "taxpayer first" plan - takes a hatchet to a number of programs while raising spending on border security and defense.

During the campaign, Trump attacked the weak economic growth of the Barack Obama years, and pledged that his economic program would boost growth from the lackluster 2 percent rates seen since recovery began in mid-2009.

John Kasich seems to think President Donald Trump's budget proposal is actually a reflection of how Mick Mulvaney, the Office of Management and Budget director, would choose to allocate funding if he were president. "If you're under 30, you've never had a job in a healthy American economy - the optimism that comes from that is what this nation is all about". I'm aware of the criticisms and would simply come back and say there's other places where we were probably overly conservative in our accounting.

The Transportation Department's "discretionary" budget is being cut by 12.7 percent, or $2.4 billion to $16.2 billion. It hinges on the country achieving 3% annual growth, but most economists say this is unlikely for the US.

But there is no question the proposed budget favors the wealthy over the poor.

"The budget balances on paper-and having a specific fiscal goal-is an important first step".

"A New Foundation for American Greatness" was built on quicksand, and the president's defenders are happy to keep shoveling it.

The entire plan is based on the notion that the country's economy will grow at an annual rate of at least 3 percent, almost twice as much as the 1.6-percent growth in 2016, a rate that has not been reported in almost 20 years, experts noted.

"It's a recommendation. We'll take these things into consideration and move forward".

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, noted in his statement that the power of the public purse lies with Congress and lawmakers will make their own decisions on funding programs.

"If we implemented this budget, you'd have to retreat from the world or put a lot of people at risk", said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.

Judging by his recent budget plan, Trump's supporters stand to lose quite a lot. "The money can be used to both reduce the budget deficit and offset Mr. Trump's proposed tax cuts", he told reporters. "This budget makes it clear that we will reverse this larceny".

Mulvaney's appearance on Capitol Hill is just one of four planned for Wednesday, as Trump Cabinet officials, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue, also will testify before House panels to defend the president's budget.

"We assume the Affordable Health Care Act that passed out of the House passes", Mulvaney said. He seeks to balance the budget within 10 years.

Democrats will likely use the surprise cuts to Medicaid as ammo against weak Republicans, whereas some fiscal archconservatives may feel the budget doesn't go far enough to dismantle the bureaucratic state. It is a despicable way to try to excuse a heartless, cruel budget clearly created to somehow keep campaign promises no matter what.

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