Hyperventilation Over Any Limits on Government Growth

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This isn’t just an anti-Trump thing, but a chronic pro-big-government tic of most mainstream journalism.  To be sure, this isn’t the flashiest, most-eyeball-catching-est detail, but Dan Mitchell highlights the bottom line of President Trump’s proposed budget:

First, the budget isn’t being cut. Indeed, Trump is proposing that federal spending increase from $4.06 trillion this year to $5.71 trillion in 2027.

That’s a 3.5% increase every year, when inflation is projected to be about two-thirds of that (a little over 2%).  What would it take for the news media to begin reacting skeptically to those proclaiming the end of the world because federal spending is only growing consistently at 75% of inflation?

Much of the response to the budget proposal seems to me to have been defining a growth-and-employment approach to helping the poor as “cruelty.”  Non-cruelty, apparently, is giving more of some people’s money to other people, as opposed to creating the conditions in which they can earn their own money.  Compassion, in short, is measured by the amount that government gives things away.

That’s not a healthy view.



  • Rhett Hardwick

    “mainstream journalism” Among the questions I would have for any member of that group are: Have you ever spent an hour on a bar stool in a biker bar? Have you ever conversed with a “lot lizard” at a truck stop? Does Dynamit Nobel have any meaning to you? Can you bait a hook? Do you now, or have you ever, known anyone who lived in a “split level”?

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