President Donald Trump's 2018 budget goals are "not only politically unrealistic but also unlikely to balance out the administration's proposed spending," according to the editors of National Review.
In an opinion piece published by the conservative commentary blog on Tuesday, the editors write that Trump's proposed 10 percent increase in military spending would be offset by "across-the-board cuts in as-yet-unspecified discretionary-spending programs" a plan not grounded in "fiscal reality."
"It's still in the earliest stages, but his plan portends a significant increase to an already massive federal debt. It goes without saying that the federal government is chock-full of waste," the editors say.
"Bureaucracies are beset with bloat — duplicative or ineffective programs, overstaffing, and more — that can and ought to be trimmed.
"However, deep cuts to the EPA, the Department of Education, the Department of State, and the rest, which the White House's budget outline partly relies on, are not only politically unrealistic but also unlikely to balance out the administration's proposed spending."
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