Advocating smaller, more focused, less costly government since 1996.
February 25, 2019
President Donald J. Trump
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Trump:
First, thank you for your 10/12/18 response to SAFE’s previous letter on the fiscal problem. We contacted a number of political leaders with personalized messages, and you are the only one who responded.
Regrettably, the government’s deficits and debt are still trending up. We take your point that the 2018 tax cuts have contributed to faster economic growth, however, and hope this will continue. In the meantime, SAFE will oppose any new taxes or tax rate increases.
Congratulations to your budget staff for proposing so many well-supported spending cuts; we are urging Congress to give them serious consideration. Perhaps this point should be emphasized in the opening section of your FY 2020 budget proposal.
Your reluctance to tinker with Social Security, Medicare and other entitlement programs is understandable, although changes may be unavoidable longer term. But Congress should refrain from enhancing any of the benefits involved (e.g., by enacting the Social Security 2100 Act) or creating new ones (such as a paid family leave plan).
The fiscal problem could represent a solid issue for you in the 2020 elections, both because it is intrinsically important (as many Americans realize) and because a vigorous debate about this issue could help to differentiate your position from that of the other candidates..
We would suggest that you commit to balance the budget by 2025 – offer a specific plan for achieving the goal – and challenge other candidates to do likewise. We would also suggest that one of the three presidential debates be reserved for the fiscal problem.
Further thoughts on this subject are posted on-line. Browser path: Secure America’s Future Economy, Blog, 2/18/19 & 2/25/19. Your support for our proposals would be greatly appreciated. If you have questions or comments, please let us know (contact info enclosed).
Note: In addition to sending this letter to the president vis US mail, we faxed a copy to Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.