WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump's fiscal 2021 budget plan doesn't have many fans — among either his GOP allies or opposition Democrats — but it's a measure of the president's priorities as he seeks a second term.
News flash: It's short on politically painful cuts to Medicare and Social Security, sometimes called the third rails of politics — touch them and you die — while proposing cuts to domestic programs that Trump himself has never tried to put into place.
Trump's fiscal missive contains plenty of nuggets for budget geeks but little for Washington's deficit scolds, who see its prescriptions for balancing the budget within 15 years as politically unbalanced and unrealistic.
A look at what's noteworthy in the president's budget:
Trump is again taking aim at the $1.4 trillion “discretionary” portion of the $4.8 trillion federal budget, proposing $2.1 trillion in cuts over 10 years from domestic agencies, foreign aid, and overseas military operations.
But such cuts run entirely counter to Trump's actual performance as president, in which he's signed two budget and debt deals that reversed prior cuts to both defense and domestic programs, along with three rounds of appropriations bills.
Trump's budget plans an immediate 5% — $37 billion — cut to non-defense programs favored by Democrats and 2% cuts to such programs each subsequent year.