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Budget Plan Shows Disruptive Path Of Federal Gov’t

March 23, 2019

Editor: President Trump unveiled his proposed 2020 budget at a jaw-dropping $4.7 trillion. It only took the president two years to become another politician on a runaway spending spree with no end in sight. The budget is a half-trillion dollars higher than the 2018 budget and shows the disruptive path the federal government continues to be on. Since 2002, the federal government has been rapidly spending more money than it takes in and nobody seems to deal with the consequences. In 2002, the federal budget was an even $2 trillion while the U.S. population was 287 million people. Now fast forward to 2018. The federal budget passed through continuing resolutions and the horrible Omnibus Spending Package was $4.1 trillion while the population was 327 million people. While the budget has seen a more than 100 percent increase in that time period, the population of the United States has only increased by a mere 12 percent. Even if you factored in the estimated 13 million illegal immigrants currently in the country, that only increases the population by 18 percent. In that same period, the national debt has increased from $6.2 trillion in 2002 to $21.5 trillion in 2018. If you had responsible leaders in charge of this process, the budget based on the increase in population should be around $2.6 billion. Most sites estimate collected tax revenue in 2020 at around $3.6 trillion. Instead of a surplus that can be used to pay down the debt and have on hand in case of national emergencies, we will once again have another massive deficit. What needs to be cut? Everything. Simple as that, and if you can’t see how destructive the numbers above are, you just aren’t paying attention. Matthew Burdett PITTSTON