Leaked details of President Donald Trump’s 2018 fiscal year spending plan indicate proposals for the “most extreme domestic spending cuts the country has ever seen,” according to POLITICO including a proposed discretionary spending cap would bring spending back to 2001 levels.
Generally spending cut advocates, Republicans largely see the spending cut proposals as too extreme. POLITICO reports that “GOP legislators have reacted with fury, speaking directly to Mulvaney in recent days.”
Perhaps we can concede that the proposed spending cuts are a bit extreme. It seems a tad reckless to jolt largely unchecked government growth back to 2001. However, Republicans should not fear radical spending cut proposals.
Will the public react poorly to extreme budget cuts that impact most domestic departments and programs? Of course. Taking away money that Americans have grown accustomed too is rarely, if ever, praised. Naturally, GOP officials fear backlash in the voting booth, but that should not impede radical initiative and action to curtail government spending.
Election prospects could shift before 2018, but Trump will likely weigh down the GOP’s election efforts. Because Trump will be a negative force on Republicans, they must curtail government growth while they have the chance. Voters will not be pleased with the GOP regardless in 2018, so Republicans must at minimum offer bold leadership to the electorate.
Unfortunately, as history highlights, GOP officials will likely run and hide from tough decisions and display a passive restraint from enacting broad conservative policy. But cutting spending will allow Republicans to showcase their commitment to governing and enacting long-championed conservative policy. It’s imperative for America’s present and future prospect that Republican officials commit to spending cuts.
America’s future demands bold leadership to attempt to seize control of growing government debt and deficits, and bold leadership requires a certain streak of fearlessness in the face of extreme pressure. What does the GOP have to lose?
Republicans have a choice to make: Bold leadership or passive restraint? Choose wisely.