Government Can’t Create Value

The government cannot convey worth through funding.

For a document that amounts to little more than a positioning statement, President Donald Trump’s proposed budget has inspired an inordinate amount of passion. The dudgeon frenzy on the left over the president’s effort to curb and cut discretionary spending (e.g., the 40 percent of the budget that isn’t dedicated to entitlements, anti-poverty programs, or servicing the debt) has been predictably overwrought. There are specific complaints about the nature of Trump’s cuts that deserve thought and examination. To the extent that liberals offer a philosophical justification for their opposition to Trump’s proposal, though, it is based in their embarrassment over the fact that a budget is an expression of priorities—and America’s priorities, they contend, are all wrong. This is logic borne of a fallacy.

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