National Politics - 2016

Donald Trump Previews His Campaign’s Spending Cuts

CANDIDATE TAKES AIM AT COMMON CORE, EPA … GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has rolled out immigration, gun and tax policy proposals … but he has yet to definitely say how he would address government spending. This week, Trump is beginning to preview his spending priorities … drawing an early bullseye on…


GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has rolled out immigration, gun and tax policy proposals … but he has yet to definitely say how he would address government spending.

This week, Trump is beginning to preview his spending priorities … drawing an early bullseye on the U.S. Education Department (ED) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“I’m not cutting services, but I’m cutting spending,” Trump told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “I may cut the Department of Education. I believe Common Core is a very bad thing.”

Trump’s opposition to the new federal education standards obviously stands in stark contrast to former Florida governor Jeb Bush‘s support for Common Core.  Of course “The Donald” has plenty of company when it comes to wanting to get rid of this particular federal agency.

At least five other GOP presidential hopefuls – Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio – have previously said they are considering eliminating the bureaucracy.  Ben Carson – who is currently running neck-and-neck with Trump at the national level – has said he wants the agency to monitor U.S. institutions of higher learning for political bias.

The billionaire real estate mogul also railed on the EPA, which is in the midst of a major controversy over its “accidental” dumping of millions of dollars of toxic chemicals into the Animas River in Colorado.

“What they do is a disgrace,” Trump told Wallace.  “Every week they come out with new regulations. They’re making it impossible (for businesses).”

That’s true … and up to this point the U.S. Congress has shown precisely zero in the way of testicular fortitude by way of response (although a recent court ruling did seek to put a stop to the overreach).

We’ll be interested in seeing precisely what Trump wants to cut from the federal budget.  As we’ve said repeatedly in the past, every campaign for any public office (at any level) really boils down to three questions: 1) How much are you going to spend? 2) What are you going to spend it on? and 3) Where are you getting the money?

Beyond that, it’s all just talk as far as we’re concerned …

And talk is cheap.

What’s not?  America’s increasingly perilous fiscal position …


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9" October 19, 2015 at 4:07 pm Reply
Black Lung October 19, 2015 at 4:23 pm

You didn’t mention what he said when Wallace asked who would protect the environment. We’re going to self police…Riiight.
“They — we’ll be fine with the environment,” Trump replied. “We can leave a little bit, but you can’t destroy businesses.”

Bubba October 19, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Well, he certainly knows how to pander to morons. Of course he wants to cut education. He’s looking at all the low-info voter support he’s getting, where it’s coming from and acting accordingly. What are these suckers going to do when he drops out?

nitrat October 19, 2015 at 6:21 pm

If we’re lucky, they’ll slit their throats.

ProudSCresident October 20, 2015 at 12:10 am

The Federal Dept of Ed needs to go. All they do is create more rules and regulations. Our own State Dept of Ed already churns out enough meaningless and time consuming regs for our teachers to take their time away from teaching. Common Core is a Bill Gates creation designed to fatten his wallet more. If everyone gets on the same page, he can sell them the computers with the computer programs already loaded that can help the schools MEET THE STANDARDS! That’s what this is all about…feeding a one-size-fits-all curriculum to every student at each grade level. Trump knows how to run a business, and our government is run by crooks who know nothing but spending.

IgnorantSCresident^^^ October 20, 2015 at 10:26 am

Trump knows how to run a business? You’re joking, right?
This is why we need to do something about SC’s embarrasment of an education system.

CorruptionInColumbia October 20, 2015 at 12:20 pm

I bet Trump has got a hell of a lot more money than youbever will.

ProudSCresident October 20, 2015 at 1:34 pm

How many billion do YOU have? You may think you are educated, but you are seriously lacking in manners and owe me an apology for insulting me. I am entitled to my own opinions as you are yours, and calling me names is very hurtful.


Truther October 19, 2015 at 4:53 pm

I heard if you fold a one dollar bill in a certain way, you’ll see an image of Donald Trump single-handedly preventing 9/11.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt October 19, 2015 at 8:17 pm

I thought Trump didn’t rely on campaign finance. But it sure seems to me he’s taking his marching orders from the Koch brothers just like every other shill.

The Koch’s have this wild fantasy that all public schools and universities have an agenda against conservatives and vulture capitalists and that the best way to ensure they can keep raking in billions for lifetimes to come is to deconstruct the very foundation of US education so that kids get indoctrinated to the dark side early and are less likely to agitate when they get older.

The Kochs are sheeple farmers.

MoreFreedom2 December 18, 2015 at 11:49 am

The Kochs employ about 100,000 people in businesses they built. And guess what, they aren’t funding Trump. From what I see, they aren’t funding anyone this election because it appears only Rand Paul is supporting freedom and he’s not likely to get the nomination. You won’t even find the Kochs listed at as one of the top 100 donors: Which begs the question as to why the hatred for the Kochs, while peeps the word for Soros and Steyer. The problem is politicians are selling favors that shouldn’t be sold, not that people are buying those favors.

So you apparently don’t support separation of school and state. In spite of the failure of government schools to educate, especially compared to private schools. Apparently the education of US children isn’t important to you, but ensuring teachers unions keep their income (so they can buy favors from Democrat politicians at our expense) and that no government teacher is fired is OK. At least the Kochs are putting their own money into educating students, where they voluntarily sign up, unlike in government jails, I mean schools.

Jim Shier October 22, 2015 at 6:29 am

“Talk is cheap”….an interesting quote from someone hiding their name, who does nothing but…
Calling out Trump for this is a good thing! He’s a fake with nothing more than blustery talk and nonsense who deceptively tells everyone who will listen, that he is intelligent and knows what he is talking about and has all the answers. I could use the same description for FITS News. Some of the worst garbage I have read from this election season, has come from FITS News. So, I am very reluctant to give some praise here.
If the author of this piece is really that concerned about our fiscal house, they ought to reconsider their position and some of the trash they have written on the best candidate this country has seen, for President, in our lifetime and certainly the only one with a real plan to really cut spending, Rand Paul!
I don’t forget easily and I won’t forget every piece of garbage FITS has put out, calling Rand Paul’s candidacy finished, when the results come in, in Iowa.
Rand Paul 2016!


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