President Trump and Congressional Republicans Betray the Unborn

Last Friday with the stroke of the presidential pen, the United States’ national debt hit $20 trillion for the first time in the country’s history. President Trump diverted from the path laid out by Republican Congressional leadership in order to make a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that extended the debt ceiling for a three-month period in order to provide immediate relief to Hurricane Harvey victims as well as other short term spending. Coming on the heels of the President’s prudent action in regards to DACA, this move is very troubling. Besides

Will Congress Follow Trump’s Lead, Cut Back on Invasive Education Programs?

In a disappointing move, the U.S. House Education Appropriations Subcommittee made only minor cuts to the overall budget for the U.S. Department of Education (USED) and to numerous invasive and ineffective programs in their bill writing session held last week. The subcommittee also increased funding for some very worrisome programs. This is quite disheartening given the hope engendered by the Trump administration budget blueprint. The good news is that almost all of the requests for expansion of federal school choice programs — which have the strong potential to expand federal regulations like mandated Common Core-aligned testing to private schools or

Charity Should Begin at Home — And Not in Washington

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a recent Liberty Minute, “Charity Begins at Home,” Helen Krieble condemned the attitude of excessive reliance on the government for welfare: Have you ever heard the old saying that charity begins at home? Now we seem to believe charity begins with the government. Whenever there is a tragedy of any kind, people look to government to rebuild homes, bail out failing businesses, and replace people’s lost possessions. But when we look through the lens of liberty, we realize government can

The One, Serious Problem with Trump’s Budget

Last week, President Trump released a budget plan that was widely praised by conservatives for reining in future spending. However, buried near the back of the budget (page 51) is one item in need of further attention — the Trump administration’s interest rate projections. Under Trump’s budget, interest rates on 10-year bonds are projected to rise from 2.7 percent currently to 3.8 percent in 2027. While the 1.1 percent rise in interest rates over the next decade is in accordance with Blue Chip forecasts (which could explain why the figures were chosen for budgetary purposes), the fact that Trump’s budget

Trump’s New Budget Makes History — And Fulfills a Huge Campaign Promise

President Trump is going where no president has gone before with his new proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. Trump hopes to cut funding for Planned Parenthood out of all Department of Health and Human Services programs, a historic move which no previous White House occupant has ever attempted. According to reports, Trump’s budget would exclude America’s largest abortion provider from all federal programs, including: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s cancer screening programs Zika prevention HIV/AIDS testing Grants to prevent sexual assault Maternal and child health programs Sexually transmitted disease prevention grants Infertility prevention grants The $422 million

Liberal Freakout over Trump’s Budget Reveals They Don’t Believe in America

Today, President Trump sent Congress a $4.1 trillion spending plan designed to balance the bloated federal budget over the next decade. Although presidential budgets have historically been given little weight among members of Congress, Trump’s budget still serves one important function — revealing the foolish pessimism that liberals have for America. The administration estimates that, under its plan, the federal budget will balance over ten years as a result of spending cuts and by averaging 3 percent economic growth per year. The 3 percent economic growth projection has triggered a variety of strange commentary from liberal pundits. Here are a

Why President Trump’s New Budget Is the Best in Decades

The release of President Donald Trump’s budget last week set off a bipartisan outrage that gave new meaning to the phrase “March Madness.” As beltway bureaucrats come to terms with the fact that President Trump is actually determined to shrink the size of government, the rest of America is celebrating a budget that would lead to soaring job creation. As The Washington Post noted, President Trump’s budget calls for “a historic contraction of the federal workforce.” If enacted, Trump’s budget “would be the first time the government has executed cuts of this magnitude — and all at once — since