Trump’s New Budget Proposal

Thoughts on the mendacious media coverage of it.

A lot of Artemis fans on Twitter were cheering for the budget proposal of seventy billion dollars over five years to get back to the moon. Even ignoring how ridiculous that number is, I had to remind them of something.

[Update a few minutes later]

The White House budget shows why we’re fiscally doomed.

[Wednesday-afternoon update]

Stop pretending that the president’s budget matters.

[Bumped]

11 thoughts on “Trump’s New Budget Proposal”

  1. NASA will get us to the moon after it sells us all a share of a bridge in Brooklyn. So let’s get going! Get out your wallet and buy a rivet!

  2. “All of these headlines make is seem like Trump is proposing a Reagan-style budget with lots of cuts, especially with regards to domestic programs.

    All of that would be great news…if it was true.”

    Totally great news, just look at how the non-cut cuts were treated by the media. How has proposing any budget sanity worked out for Republicans in the past? I think the answer to that has more to do with why Trump isn’t making an issue out of it than anything else. He already gets 98% negative coverage though, so what’s another 2%?

    Trump doesn’t control the House either.

    I’m confident NASA can get “us” back to the Moon on the commercial track they are on. But if us means humans and not robots, then the commercial track will be outpaced by SpaceX. Not necessarily a bad thing if the right kind of prospecting gets done.

  3. From the link:
    And the rest of us await the inevitable crack up when all of our fiscal chickens come home to roost.

    Some of us have been waiting for those “chickens” since Bush the Elder told us to “read my lips.” Like Global Warming Climate Chaos Change, it always seem to be a few years away. At some point, and I don’t blame them, people stop caring.

    Personally, I’m tired of being played for a sucker by the Comfy Class, and now that I’ve retired, I’m gonna grab as much gov’t swag as I can. Let Bernie’s Fan Club deal with the mess that they’ll just make even worse, given the chance.

    1. Some of us have been waiting for those “chickens” since Bush the Elder told us to “read my lips.” Like Global Warming Climate Chaos Change, it always seem to be a few years away. At some point, and I don’t blame them, people stop caring.

      I think it’s been clear for decades that the US isn’t going to just fold up in an instant. But we’re seeing long term government financials continue to get worse and worse with vast unfunded liabilities that continue to grow, publicly held debt growing substantially relative to GDP, and no coherent movement to fix this.

      What can’t continue forever, won’t.

  4. I seem to remember protests in the streets that claimed to be upset about increased in spending, porkulus, and raising the debt ceiling. Wonder what ever happen to those and the people attending them, don’t see them protesting anymore. Or what has changed?

      1. Well What a BUNCH OF SNOWFLAKES a little ridicule and they just roll up shop.
        Huh? I don’t seem to remember the Republican Media apparatus ridiculing the Tea Party. Sure their was some establishment “RINOS” Republicans doing the ridiculing but since when did those people care what the likes of Cocaine Mitch, John Boehner, John Mccain and Lindsey Grahamansty think.

        Also funny thought they had elected a few Congress people who even formed caucuses that were determine to bring down the debt. Did they all just suddenly lose and caucuses disappear?

    1. Well, here you are making fun of the people who wanted fiscal sanity on a post about how we need fiscal sanity. Clearly some people recognize the gravity of it but not you as you continue to belittle those who want our fiscal house in order.

      You don’t want the debt under control, so what is your purpose?

  5. Well What a BUNCH OF SNOWFLAKES a little ridicule and they just roll up shop.

    I guess it must not have been important, right? It’s always gets interesting when it’s more important that the other tribe loses than your country has a future.

  6. The “progressives” and their children of the night prattle on about “sustainability.” The upcoming generation likely hasn’t been through credit counseling…yet. Even if they had been, odds are they can’t connect the dots between spending way more than you take in and ultimate, inevitable financial ruin. Someone needs to steer the younger generation’s anxiety about “sustainability” toward a real target, such as federal spending, instead of some phantasm of global warming. That’s the real existential threat they face. And they are the ones that face it. I’m 65. I won’t be around for the collapse. But my sons will.

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