On Thursday, Trump released the outline of the budget that he’ll propose to Congress next month. If it’s anything like the outline, the actual budget will include a record number of budget cuts and spending reductions across all departments.
Naturally, the business-as-usual politicians and reporters in Washington went ballistic. So when reporters asked Tillerson about the cuts to the State Department, they were hoping that he’d throw his new boss under the bus. What he did instead was give them an answer that made them speechless:
“The level of spending that the State Department has been undertaking, in particular this past year, is simply not sustainable. As time goes by, there will be fewer military conflicts that the U.S. will be directly engaged in.”
“I’m confident with the input of the men and women with the State Department we’ll construct a way forward that allows us to be much more effective, much more efficient and be able to do a lot with a lot fewer dollars.”
Taxes are a ratchet. Once the government has them in place they will never be reduced. Lawmakers and politicians will just come up with new ways to spend our money and furnish their lavish lifestyles.
Fortunately for us, we now have a President and Secretary of State who aren’t politicians, but businessmen. They know how to read a balance sheet and can recognize waste when they see it. They are accountable and feel responsible for the taxes they take in and want to make sure they’re spent wisely, so that the burden on the American taxpayer can be reduced.