Administration’s Budget Plan Would Slam Rural America, Cripple States; Pie in the Sky Proposal Would Most Likely Force States To Raise Taxes

It raises a red flag whenever Washington tells us it plans to cut our taxes, because in the end it simply means the federal government will not be sending more of our hard-earned money back home to the states. So America if you want the services you have come to expect or need, you better get your states to raise taxes to make up for the loss.

This latest budget proposal, the brainchild of White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, is particularly devastating for rural Americans. Mulvaney will bark that the $1.7 trillion in cuts over 10 years will mostly hurt urban Americans, hawking the reduction in spending as welfare reform in thinly veiled code meant to confuse voters. But don’t be fooled. This budget blueprint, rolled out to coincide with President Trump’s attention-getting foreign trip, is a punch to the breadbasket for rural voters.

Consider these proposed cuts in the budget to departments and agencies that directly serve rural America:

  • Department of Agriculture -25%
  • Health and Human Services -16%
  • Department of Education -14
  • Department of Interior -12%
  • Small Business Administration -5%
  • Department of Transportation -13%

There are other examples, but we get the idea. Mulvaney is using the White House’s first full budget proposal to cut services to Americans to pay for massive tax cuts mainly for the wealthiest in our country. “Trumpenomics” dream of tax cuts that could be north of a trillion dollars over 10 years will without question hurt rural Americans deeply, many of whom are voters who cast ballots in favor of this administration that is turning its back on the their needs.

Adding to this inexplicable budget proposal is a laughable growth projection that runs contrary to forecasts from economic analysts with far more expertise then Mulvaney can boast.

“We believe that we can get to 3% growth,” Mulvaney said, providing no empirical evidence for his wishful thinking and ignoring the fact that actual growth the first three months of the new administration was the lowest in three years at 0.7%.

So here is the conflict: top economics experts using tools rather than guesses, like the blue chip Congressional Budget Office that is in the business of evaluating budgets, project growth at 1.9% through 2026. Would we love to see the gross domestic product average 3% over the next 10 years? Of course! But it does no American any good to throw out arbitrary, unrealistic numbers – just to pay for a tax cut.

It all amounts to a recipe for passing the buck to the states, which surely will be forced to raise taxes if this budget were to be approved by Congress.

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