Sunday, May 28, 2017

President Trump Should Be Happy That His Budget is DOA

By Weekly Standard, May 27, 2017

President Trump is no dummy. He chose to exchange gifts with the pope in Rome while leaving his budget director and Treasury secretary in Washington to respond to critics of his budget. Let them take the heat while he takes the bows for a successful trip.

The pontiff, who speaks for the poor, had not seen the Trump budget, which takes a meat axe to programs that are intended to benefit the less well-off. Had he, only heaven knows what he would have told the president. Not that there would have been a need for papal concern. Past budgets were often deemed by Congress to be DOA, dead on arrival. This one, says Representative Don Young, the Republican from Alaska, "was dead before the ink was dry."

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