In Washington, words do not carry the normal, common sense meaning. If I told you that I was cutting back on my coffee expenses this year, you would assume I was spending less this year than I did last year.

But in Washington, the hysteria around budgets precludes normal cool-headed interpretations of things. Take Trump’s proposed budget, especially related to Social Security.

While he should be trying to cut these programs, because they should not exist, just like every other lousy Republican President since these programs were created he is not going to cut them.

Here is the actual document.

The “Baseline” expenditures predict the following for Social Security and Medicare in the years to come (page 109– numbers in billions of dollars):

The “proposed” expenditures are as follows (page 110– numbers in billions of dollars):

If it’s too small to read, here is Social Security:

2020: Baseline: $1,102; Proposed: $1,102
2021: Baseline: $1,166; Proposed: $1,165
2022: Baseline: $1,235; Proposed: $1,234
2023: Baseline: $1,309; Proposed: $1,307
2024: Baseline: $1,387; Proposed: $1,384
2025: Baseline: $1,468; Proposed: $1,465
2026: Baseline: $1,553; Proposed: $1,550
2027: Baseline: $1,642; Proposed: $1,638
2028: Baseline: $1,737; Proposed: $1,733
2029: Baseline: $1,835; Proposed: $1,831

Here is Medicare:

2020: Baseline: $702; Proposed: $679
2021: Baseline: $762; Proposed: $711
2022: Baseline: $861; Proposed: $800
2023: Baseline: $892; Proposed: $822
2024: Baseline: $920; Proposed: $840
2025: Baseline: $1,038; Proposed: $949
2026: Baseline: $1,121; Proposed: $1,025
2027: Baseline: $1,202; Proposed: $1,109
2028: Baseline: $1,385; Proposed: $1,251
2029: Baseline: $1,361; Proposed: $1,212

In other words… Trump suggested small¬†increases¬†in expenditures. Look at the proposed numbers, year by year. See how they get bigger? Let me translate: he is doing the opposite of cutting. He is growing them.

Even my 5 year old would get this.

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