The White House is now planning a humongous ten percent hike in defense spending, while making comparable deep cuts in domestic government programsexcluding big entitlement programs, such and Medicare and Social Security, which President Trump has promised not to touch. During his campaign, the president also talked about a massive $1 trillion infrastructure program and just recently pledged again to spend big on it. Finally, he plans to slash taxes significantly. Those who have been paying attention for a while could be excused for having a sense of Republican deja vuexpanding government deficits leading to rapidly expanding national debt.
|Ivan Eland is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace & Liberty at the Independent Institute. Dr. Eland is a graduate of Iowa State University and received an M.B.A. in applied economics and Ph.D. in national security policy from George Washington University. He spent 15 years working for Congress on national security issues, including stints as an investigator for the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Principal Defense Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office.|
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