Republicans have traditionally been the party of small government. In recent years, it seems that stereotype has fallen by the wayside as Republicans have given in to big government ideas, policies and way of doing business. Republican candidates all tout the need for smaller government, but few have been prone to try to make that happen.
It was dissatisfaction with the old-school Republicans that led to the rise of the Tea Party as conservative Republicans who really did want a smaller government began to stand up and organize. Despite their best efforts, however, many Tea Party senators and congressmen have failed to accomplish their goals. Once again, conservative Republicans have taken action with the election of President-elect Donald Trump.
Trump has long promised to take a business-style approach to government spending. The Washington Examiner reported that Trump appears poised to act on those promises. He has reportedly “asked his incoming team to pursue spending and staffing cuts.” Some estimates suggest that select departments could see spending reduced by 10 percent and staff reduced by 20 percent. Cuts at those levels “would rock Washington if he follows through.”
The cuts would target discretionary spending and would be used “to help pay for Trump’s plan to boost the Pentagon’s budget, tax cuts” and other projects such as the infamous wall. The Examiner reported that the cuts would not result in layoffs, however. Instead, they would likely occur through a combination of attrition, hiring freezes and reorganization.
— Fox Nation (@foxnation) January 17, 2017
Conservative Republicans are cheering the news, hoping to see the long-awaited cuts they have sought for so long. Trump’s selection of Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-SC, to lead the Office of Management and Budget is “a clear sign that spending cuts are a top priority.”
No doubt Democrats and federal unions are sure to fight Trump on any such cuts. But Trump seems less likely to back down than many other politicians we have seen take this office.
Source: Washington Examiner