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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 12:11 PM

Trump's Doomed Budget Helps Democrats by Hurting Republicans

Nobody likes the proposed cuts to Medicare and Social Security

By Joshua Green

Nearly every analyst in Washington agrees that President Trump’s new budget blueprint—a grab-bag of fantastical growth projections and policy demands Congress will never meet—is dead on arrival. Every White House budget is, to some extent, a wish list that serves chiefly as a messaging vehicle. But even Trump’s allies find little to love in the 2020 White House budget plan. “It’s made them irrelevant for the most important issues up on Capitol Hill,” Douglas Holtz-Eakin, budget chief for President George W. Bush, told Bloomberg Television.

Trump’s budget may not resonate with Congress, but as a new memo from the Democratic Super-PAC Priorities USA points out, it’s bound to resonate with voters in a way that could backfire on Republicans. Here’s why: The budget’s hallmark huge growth forecast, billions in border-wall funding, and deep cuts to entitlement spending are meant to play as muscular displays of commitment to two issues—border security and deficit reduction—that he’s failed to deliver on, while masking the cost of one he has, his tax cut.

But the math required to balance Trump’s budget and offset the revenue-draining effects of his tax cut entails spending $845 billion less on Medicare and another $25 billion less on Social Security over the next decade, things he vowed never to do while he was running for president. “Save Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security without cuts,” Trump said in 2015. “Have to do it.” Trump’s promise to protect these programs was popular and set him apart from the other Republican contenders.

His reversal is unpopular.

“Our post-election polling in November 2018 found that a plan to cut Social Security and Medicare to pay for Trump’s tax cuts for the wealthy” was the top concern among new Democratic voters—and also for voters who supported Trump in 2016 and then changed camps in the 2018 midterms, the Priorities USA memo notes. “Trump’s budget does exactly that.”


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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 01:13 PM

1. We have to hammer him on this going into the next election.

Repeat it over and over again and let the republican party own THIS and Trump! Maybe people will finally wake up and realize what the republicans really stand for.

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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 01:16 PM

2. It was really stupid to include those cuts when the budget was a non-starter from day one.

Not sure who on the right thought that was a good idea. Sending surrogates out to float trial balloons - like they usually do - would have been less harmful politically. Committing to it on paper was dumb.

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