The Religion of Budget Cutting Will Lead Us to Ruin

The Hill reports on the Trump budget, which plans to cut trillions in federal spending over the next decade, eliminating entire cabinet-level departments and massively scaling-back government’s role in society.

If enacted, it will be an utter disaster.

Budget-cutting has become a conservative religion, divorced from any rational assessment of the actual role government plays in society and driven only by the insatiable hunger for more tax cuts for the wealthy. If this sort of approach is enacted it will create a deep recession — government doesn’t burn the dollars it spends, huge amounts of it fuel the economy — and will push us backward in innumerable ways.

You may have been conditioned by Fox News pundits to think that government is your enemy in some vague way, but if you ask anyone in any specialized field, be it science, research, computing, engineering, arts, education, law enforcement, public health — you name it — the role of the government is large, on balance beneficial, even if sometimes annoying, and in many cases essential.

Even if the Heritage Foundation thinks differently.

Craig Calcaterra

Craig is the author of the daily baseball (and other things) newsletter, Cup of Coffee. He writes about other things at He lives in New Albany, Ohio with his wife, two kids, and many cats.

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