Trump Asks Cabinet for 5 Percent Cut in Next Year’s Budget

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

Dubbing it the “nickel plan,” President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he’s asking every Cabinet secretary to cut their next-year’s budgets by 5 percent.

“Get rid of the fat. Get rid of the waste,” Trump told members of his Cabinet during a meeting at the White House. “And I’m sure you can do it.”

Trump said he couldn’t ask for the spending cuts earlier because he was working with Congress to increase funding for the U.S. military.

Trump’s budget request is due early next year. It’s for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, 2019. He said he wants to keep defense spending at $700 billion.

Trump said he’s heard of a money-saving strategy called the “penny plan” to reduce federal spending by 1 percent.

“Rather than go by the penny plan, we’ll go by the nickel plan,” he said

Some Cabinet secretaries can probably cut more than 5 percent, he said.

“I believe we can actually do it easily,” he said.

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2 thoughts on “Trump Asks Cabinet for 5 Percent Cut in Next Year’s Budget

    • Yes, to get elected in the first place, Trump had to ‘promise’ a lot of stuff. Even if he wanted to cut deeply, voters and members of both House of Congress wouldn’t let him.

      If I were President, I’d say something like, ‘I’ve been given a mandate for $25 Trillion in spending (budget plus repaying National Debt), but only $4 Trillion in funding. Obviously, not everything can receive money.’ Then I would proceed to rip the Budget apart, declaring (for example) that where US law violates the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution, that spending will be phased out over 6 months.

      FYI, the 10th says that powers not given to the federal government, nor prohibited to the states, belong to the states and the people. Since grants to the states total around $700 Billion a year, and since no state legislator who wants to get reelected will refuse the money, and since those grants always entail significant state spending to monitor, etc the grant money, States’ Rights under the 10th are being violated by ‘forcing’ states tospend where the federal government wants it spent.

      With a lot of other federal spending that I could find to be Unconstitutional, cuts would overwhelm the Deficit and actually generate a significant Surplus. But, I’ll never be President.

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