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"The more things change...": Trump's budget adds just as much national debt as Obama's

Published in Blog on March 13, 2019 by Convention Of States

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President Trump released his proposed budget to Congress this week, and even a cursory glance proves the truth of the old adage, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

When it comes to irresponsible national spending, Republicans have proven to be just as bad as Democrats. 

In fact, according to a recent report from The Washington Examiner, Trump's new budget will add just as much national debt as former President Obama's.

President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget projects that he would add nearly as much to the national debt in eight years as former President Barack Obama did during his tenure.

The proposed trillions in added debt proposed by the administration run counter to Trump's criticisms of Obama and congressional Democrats.

"Funny to hear the Democrats talking about the National Debt when President Obama doubled it in only 8 years!" he tweeted on Nov. 29, 2017. 

We don't have a personnel problem in Washington, D.C. Every time we send a new, "better" batch of representatives to our nation's capital, they maintain many of the same bad policies we voted against in the previous election.

President Trump has implemented many good ideas, but his latest budget proves that he's operating under the same paradigm as his predecessors: spend more taxpayer money to achieve his goals, regardless of the consequences.

Our problem isn't with personnel -- our problem is with the structure of the federal government. We need to change that structure by effectively and permanently limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and we can only do that with an Article V Convention of States.

A Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that force Congress to be fiscally responsible, shrink the power of the federal government, and mandate term limits for federal officials. These amendments can change the paradigm in D.C. from one that uses untold taxpayer dollars to try to solve all our problems to a small, less-powerful federal government that sticks to a limited set of issues.

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