posted by jmog
Lowering future INCREASE PERCENTAGES is NOT the same as a cut. The spending is still going up each year, just not by a much as previously expected (assuming his proposal gets passed, which it has zero chance of doing).
Yeah, once you dig into the numbers, the mandatory parts are not cuts, they are just not as high increases. The big three: SS, Medicare, Medicaid, still go up every year for 10 years, just not as much as in previous budgets.
The real gripes are the agency budgets. Outside of the DOD, VA, NASA and Energy (but only the nuke stuff), every agency is getting cut.
An area where the President campaigned on, rebuilding America is getting cut. The Army Corps of Engineers is down 31% and the Department of Transportation is down 21.5%.
Kinda hard to rebuild the infrastructure of the two main agencies are getting gashed.
As others have said, this budget is just the start and will not be the end product. But, this does show the policy priorities for the President. Apparently, infrastructure and rebuilding America is not one of them.
List of the budget, with tables at the end: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/budget-fy2020.pdf