The Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has announced his plan to slash government waste, eliminate the influence of the deep state, and cut the spending power of “warmongers.”
Trump’s plan is to restore executive branch impoundment, something he describes as “a crucial tool” in the battle to cut waste.
Impoundment is a now-limited presidential power that would require legal measures to revert back to the President. Congress enacted the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, which transferred most spending control to the House and Senate.
Trump wants to fight it.
“For 200 years under our system of government, it was undisputed that the President had the Constitutional power to stop unnecessary spending through what is known as Impoundment,” he explained.
“This meant that if Congress provided more funding than was needed to run the government, the President could refuse to waste the extra funds, and instead return the money to the general treasury and maybe even lower your taxes,” he continued.
“This is the ONLY way we will ever return a balanced budget: Impoundment.”
— Daniel Baldwin (@baldwin_daniel_) June 20, 2023
Trump Will Use Impoundment To Slash Waste, Starve The Warmongers
Trump’s entire plan is predicated on the idea that he’ll convince Congress to overturn a Budget and Impoundment Act that has been in effect for nearly 50 years. An Act that gives spending control to Congress.
In other words, he wants Congress to willingly turn over control of the nation’s purse strings. It’s not going to happen, but that hasn’t sullied Trump’s optimism.
“This disaster of a law is clearly unconstitutional—a blatant violation of the separation of powers,” he said.
“When I return to the White House, I will do everything I can to challenge the Impoundment Control Act in court, and if necessary, get Congress to overturn it,” added Trump. “We will overturn it.”
New: Trump is vowing to challenge the Impoundment Control Act – a 1974 law at the heart of his first impeachment.
He argues that “reasserting” impoundment authority will “restore critical negotiating leverage with Congress to keep spending under control.”https://t.co/XefU7PXgIa
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) June 20, 2023
On the off chance that he’s successful in that regard, Trump’s goals for using impoundment sound excellent.
“I will use the president’s long-recognized Impoundment Power to squeeze the bloated federal bureaucracy for massive savings. This will be in the form of tax reductions for you,” the GOP candidate explained. “This will help quickly to stop inflation and slash the deficit.”
The plan also seeks to cut power to the “globalists,” the “deep state,” and those pushing the country into endless wars.
“Bringing back impoundment will give us a crucial tool with which to obliterate the Deep State, Drain the Swamp, and starve the Warmongers,” Trump said. “We are going to get the Warmongers and the Globalists out of our government.”
Trump promises “to obliterate the deep state, drain the swamp, and starve the warmongers—These people that want wars all over the place! Killing! Killing! Killing! They love killing!”
“We’re gonna get the warmongers and the globalists out of our government!” pic.twitter.com/xqzqUJ9j8F
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) June 20, 2023
Draining The Swamp
Trump previously announced a plan to drain the swamp and take on the entrenched federal bureaucracy. That plan includes requiring all federal employees to pass a Civil Service test to prove their understanding of the United States Constitution.
“I will require every federal employee to pass a new Civil Service test demonstrating an understanding of our Constitutional limited government,” he announced in April.
“This will include command of due process rights, equal protection, Free Speech, religious liberty, federalism, the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure … and all the other constitutional limits on federal power,” he continued.
But it just might be his “starve the warmongers” comment that results in the most resistance.
Trump blamed “deep state actors” for his consistent legal issues several months ago and hinted it was due to his push for peace in Ukraine.
“It’s no coincidence that the deep state is coming after me even harder since I pledged to swiftly end the war in Ukraine,” he pondered.
Since then he has been indicted twice.
President Trump in Waco: “It’s no coincidence that the Deep State is coming after me even harder since I pledged to swiftly end the war in Ukraine.” pic.twitter.com/Y42IMIWvij
— MAGA War Room (@MAGAIncWarRoom) March 26, 2023
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