ON THE WINDS OF SPRING

The budget battle was a second chance for both parties to make a good first impression. At the least, it was a fight to be avoided.

  • Mandatory spending includes things like Medicare, Medicaid and social security.
  • Debt service is what the government pays for borrowed funds.
  • Discretionary is everything from pre-school programs to defense spending and includes energy and the environment.

Talk about The Curse of the Billy Goat; something else we Chicagoans know a thing or two about.

Mulvaney claimed an unwed welfare mother in Detroit was insisting Trump cut these and other programs, e.g. flipping Big Bird off — the dole.

Graph: David Malakoff/Science/ Data: U.S. Congress-
  1. blame the previous administration for funding programs the new administration opposed, e.g. environmental protection and abortion counselling; and
  2. claim it was simply too late to start over.

What we just did this week was fine and passable, but not ideal … I think a good shutdown would be one that could help fix that…

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Stronberg is a senior executive and attorney with over 40 years of experience in federal and state energy, environmental and sustainability issues.

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Stronberg is a senior executive and attorney with over 40 years of experience in federal and state energy, environmental and sustainability issues.

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