All that he’s proposing is to rearrange the allocation of annually appropriated spending (the so-called discretionary outlays).
Here’s a chart from a summary prepared by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. As you can see, the federal Leviathan does not shrink in size.
It’s possible, of course, to applaud this shift from domestic discretionary to defense discretionary. Or to criticize the reallocation. But nobody can pretend the net result is smaller government.
My view, for what it’s worth, is that we should accept all the domestic reductions but not boost the defense budget (the U.S. already has a very large military budget compared to potential adversaries).
And speaking of domestic reductions, the main focus of today’s column is to highlight one of my favorite program terminations…
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