February 24, 2017

One of the many reasons why Americans voted for Trump was because he’s a businessman, not someone who’s spent his entire life in the political bubble. They were fed up with the DC mindset that every agency must always get more money to spend than last year, even with the debt climbing toward $20 trillion. Does anyone outside the Beltway Bubble, where even deep recessions never put a damper on spending, ever enjoy that luxury?

Budgeting had become so meaningless in Washington that after Democrats took over both the White House and Congress in 2009, they stopped passing budgets entirely for six years. The GOP finally retook both Houses in 2015 and passed a non-binding budget outline that didn’t require Obama’s signature (he wouldn’t have signed it, anyway: it called for cutting spending by $5 trillion over 10 years). No Senate Democrats voted for it; they predicted voters would be so furious over the spending cuts, Republicans would pay a steep price at the polls. That prediction worked out about as well as their budget-free spending had.

One reason why the deep state bureaucrats are squealing like stuck pigs is that for the first time in their lives, there’s someone in charge who plans to impose a real budget, the type all of our families and businesses have to live on. Trump promised to release a budget next month that starts to clean up the financial “mess” he inherited, and that makes every branch of government responsible for protecting “every last tax dollar. No more wasted money.” Naturally, Chuck Schumer is vowing to fight him “tooth and nail” on it, the nails having been purchased by the Pentagon for $200 each.

No wonder Washington bureaucrats hate Trump so much. They’ve turned wasting our money into an art form, and Trump wants to take that away! It’s like taking away Picasso’s paint brushes! That is, if he bought them from a patron with no competitive bids, paid $3 million apiece for them, and painted only in red.

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  • Carolyn Sawyer

    02/28/2017 03:52 AM

    You are so right as usual. My husband and I respect you and appreciate all you do. We wanted you for President both times. We remember when you came to our church many years ago. Cottage Hill Baptist Mobile, Al. You have such wisdom because you are a godly man. We listen to every word you speak. Trump and our country needs you, doing exactly what you are doing.
    Please come see us in Mobile.
    Mobile, Al loves you and your wife and we love the Trumps.
    We are so proud of Jeff Sessions, a dear friend of our family. Come see us, we have plenty of room and would be honored to have you again.
    God bless you. Carolyn Sawyer

  • Kathy Robinson

    02/27/2017 09:15 PM

    Hold them accountable! I'm tired of politicians wasting my hard-earned tax money.

  • Richard Bean

    02/27/2017 08:10 AM

    Indeed. Many others will also fight him "tooth and nail" on this. The cost of those nails will certainly add up.

  • Marlene Vanorsdale

    02/26/2017 01:53 PM

    At last a President who knows the meaning of a budget and will hold congress to it.

  • John Pfaff

    02/26/2017 11:11 AM

    And this orange jackal wasted millions in ONE DAMN MONTH to house his gold digger in New York and to inconvenience Floridians to play golf. Explain to me how is isn't wasting tax payer dollars again you ASSHAT.

  • Sandra Blanz

    02/25/2017 11:17 PM

    Glad we got him in office! Hope he's able to do all the things he promised. About time we had someone who cares for America and her people.

  • Bob Hardy

    02/25/2017 01:20 PM

    Keep after them Mike.

  • Julie Shterenvaser

    02/25/2017 01:04 PM

    I agree 100%. It is so refreshing having a businessman as president instead of a politician who spends money quicker than the taxpayer can give it to the government.

  • Ruth Hofmann

    02/25/2017 12:16 PM

    I'm with him all the way! We can't keep spending recklessly & not destroy ourselves. I have to live on a budget or I'd be homeless. That's no kind of life I welcome. It'll pinch for awhile, but we'll all benefit when we enjoy the prosperity of cutting back. Go Trump!!

  • donna kovacs

    02/25/2017 11:30 AM

    finally someone who will make government accountable. i am so tired of supporting the Men and women elected to Office W ho live like royalty on my dime. while i live on a penny....

  • donna kovacs

    02/25/2017 11:28 AM

    finally someone who will make government accountable. i am so tired of supporting the Men and women elected to Office W ho live like royalty on my dime. while i live on a penny....

  • Randy Ford Taub

    02/25/2017 07:19 AM

    Congress abdicated its responsibility for the formulation of a budget many years ago. Under the Constitution, it was the House of Representatives that was to initiate the appropriations process. Now, it is the executive branch that formulates and presents a proposed budget to Congress for its approval. Under the current "ass-backwards" scheme, the concept of fiscal restraint was abandoned by everyone, regardless of party affiliation because the repayment of political debts and favors came first.

    The current president is a career businessman rather than a career politician and, as such, does not need to engage in such chicanery. In addition, President Trump is a man of integrity and intelligence who appears to sincerely want to improve the lot of our citizens.

    As a fellow alumnus of my beloved University of Pennsylvania, the President is a credit to its founder Benjamin Franklin.

  • Daniel D Dillon

    02/25/2017 05:39 AM

    This is an interesting assessment of "The Donald." This person may have nailed this guy for what he really is. (It is credited to Mychal Massie, but I did not use quotes because I do not have the original article.)

    Regardless of how you label your "party affiliation" this is worth your time to read.

    Trump Is Not Conservative, He’s A Pragmatist
    By Mychal Massie on January 19, 2016 in Daily Rant, Race & Politics 5

    We recently enjoyed a belated holiday dinner with friends at the home of other friends. The dinner conversation was jocund, ranging from discussions about antique glass and china to theology and politics. At one point reference was made to Donald Trump being a conservative to which I responded that Trump is not a conservative.

    I said that I neither view nor do I believe Trump views himself as a conservative. I stated it was my opinion that Trump is a pragmatist. He sees a problem and understands it must be fixed. He doesn’t see the problem as liberal or conservative, he sees it only as a problem. That is a quality that should be admired and applauded, not condemned. But I get ahead of myself.

    Viewing problems from a liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness, and more attacks on the working class in all economic strata.

    Viewing things according to the so-called Republican conservative perspective has brought continued spending, globalism to the detriment of American interests and well being, denial of what the real problems are, weak, ineffective, milquetoast, leadership that amounts to Barney Fife Deputy Sheriff – appeasement oriented and afraid of its own shadow. In brief, it has brought liberal ideology with a pachyderm as a mascot juxtaposed to the ass of the Democrat Party.

    Immigration isn’t a Republican problem – it isn’t a liberal problem – it is a problem that threatens the very fabric and infrastructure of America. It demands a pragmatic approach not an approach that is intended to appease one group or another.

    The impending collapse of the economy isn’t a liberal or conservative problem it is an American problem. That said, until it is viewed as a problem that demands a common sense approach to resolution, it will never be fixed because the Democrats and Republicans know only one way to fix things and the longevity of their impracticality has proven to have no lasting effect. Successful businessmen like Donald Trump find ways to make things work, they do not promise to accommodate.

    Trump uniquely understands that China’s manipulation of currency is not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem. It is a problem that threatens our financial stability and he understands the proper balance needed to fix it. Here again successful businessmen like Trump who have weathered the changing tides of economic reality understand what is necessary to make business work and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn’t work you don’t continue trying to make it work hoping that at some point it will.

    As a pragmatist Donald Trump hasn’t made wild pie-in-the-sky promises of a cell phone in every pocket, free college tuition, and a $15 hour minimum wage for working the drive-through a Carl’s Hamburgers.

    I argue that America needs pragmatists because pragmatists see a problem and find ways to fix them. They do not see a problem and compound it by creating more problems.

    You may not like Donald Trump but I suspect that the reason people do not like him is because: 1) he is antithetical to the “good old boy” method of brokering backroom deals that fatten the coffers of politicians; 2) they are unaccustomed to hearing a candidate speak who is unencumbered by the financial shackles of those who own them vis-a`-vis donations; 3) he is someone who is free of idiomatic political ideology; and 4) he is someone who understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again.

    Listening to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders talk about fixing America is like listening to two lunatics trying to “out crazy” one another. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are owned lock, stock, and barrel by the bankers, corporations, and big dollar donors funding their campaigns. Bush can deny it but common sense tells anyone willing to face facts that people don’t give tens of millions without expecting something in return.

    We have had Democrats and Republican ideologues and what has it brought us? Are we better off today or worst off? Has it happened overnight or has it been a steady decline brought on by both parties?

    I submit that a pragmatist might be just what America needs right now. And as I said earlier, a pragmatist sees a problem and understands that the solution to fix same is not about a party, but a willingness and boldness to get it done.

    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure. Feel free to copy and paste. Go Trump.

  • Raymond Manlapas

    02/25/2017 01:54 AM

    It's about time to put in the "controls" and fiscal discipline seriously I'm place and that is what politicians fail to follow through. President Trump is a businessman and a true-blue American Leader first and foremost. ...

  • James Chester

    02/24/2017 10:40 PM

    Like always Mike you are spot on. I am sure the spot remover is available from the Pentagon for $175 a bottle. While on the subject of waste. Your consulting services are needed in California. It is sickening and a sin that they pilfered all tax and bond money coming to the state and neglected the basic minimal upkeep maintenence on the vast infrustructure. They all should be fired

  • Belinda Quarles

    02/24/2017 09:27 PM

    I know God's hand is in this. We must continue to pray for the restoration of our country.
    Thrilled to have a sensible business person in the office to work for big companies, mom and pops, and the economic health in between.
    Go Team Trump!

  • Glenn Burton

    02/24/2017 08:45 PM

    Amen !!!!

  • Bo Blackmon

    02/24/2017 08:42 PM

    I agree 100%. About time we had a President that would put the country and the people before the politicians.

  • Kim Zetterstrom

    02/24/2017 08:20 PM

    Our Government has been doing this wasteful spending for over 30 years that I know of. The company's that charge our Government these prices should be ashamed of themselves. I am glad President Trump is being a responsible parent and running the country like most businesses is run, the best bid wins.

  • Steven Lechtenberg

    02/24/2017 08:19 PM

    President Trump, I just love saying that, has decades of over spending to overcome. He will not only be fighting against the tax and spend dumdocrats, but the never do anything to stop them Repulicants. He needs to show the people all the wasteful spending and fraud that has been perpetrated on the tax payers

  • Brad Barnett

    02/24/2017 07:13 PM

    Thank you for your refreshing thoughts. I read just about everything that you post. Even in my Navy days the mentality was "Spend more so we can justify asking for more". Spend money on things that we absolutely need, not on frivolous things. And $200 for a nail is absurd but unfortunately not far from the truth.

    Thank you for your fresh and honest commentary. Go Hogs.

  • Ron Burge

    02/24/2017 06:58 PM

    It's about time we had fiscal responsibility in Washington long overdue governor thanks for your service to our state and country.

  • Robert Wrucke

    02/24/2017 05:26 PM

    Keep up the good work Mike. I read many of your posts. I would like to read all of them but sometimes time constraints don't allow that.

  • Lena Cornell

    02/24/2017 05:26 PM

    Right on Huck. Your comments are right to the point and brief....I like that. I am new to your column.

  • Francine Schut

    02/24/2017 04:45 PM

    Governor Huckabee,
    I so welcome this new President. It is very difficult to listen to the Democrats say such unbelievable nasty comments on this man without ever having given him a chance. When Obama was in office I too made comments but never to this extreme. However, I am going to say something here that some people would say is really wacko. With so many leaks happening in the White House, did anyone ever think that the place could be bugged. There is too little time between when things are said and when they are leaked. I would think that Obama would be capable of doing such a thing. I might be wrong and my comments might be over the top but this is what I think of the former President and the Democrats and I pray that President Trump shows the American people what kind of people we could have lost America to. Thank you for what you are doing Governor. You are a true American. God Bless.

  • Maggie Faltskog

    02/24/2017 04:34 PM

    You are so right here with this waste! That is exactly the same problem we have with such expensive health ins. The hospitals are so overcharged for their supplies..that they have to pass it on and guess who pays for it?? And, this is exactly why they are fighting Pres. Trump so much..the gravytrain is drying up!! It has nothing to do with his's all about not filling their pockets!! Schumer is a joke! He doesn't care about his supporters..people need to realize that it's all about him and not what's best for us!! But, NYC needs the Dems, but not upstate...and that's why he wins. Too bad we can't separate NYC from the rest of the state, they pull us down all the time! Evil in high power!
    By the way, I think you are the best and I love ya!! :)

  • Brenda Ann Nevins

    02/24/2017 04:28 PM

    The loudest squealers in Congress have the most pork to lose!

  • Robert W. Bullington

    02/24/2017 04:25 PM

    I am a retired AF E-6. Before retirement (1991) I was in charge of a training section that was undergoing a renovation. I was told I had $1000 for break room furniture. I went online, downtown and every other place I could to shop for furniture. I wanted quality furniture that would stand up to years of abuse by students that had no concern for its upkeep. I also wanted enough furniture to seat a full class (15-20) during their breaks. After researching, I submitted my requests through appropriate channels only to be told that I had to purchase through the companies that were approved by Congress. (I imagine they had donated to a congressman to get on the list of authorized companies.) To make a long story short, the furniture that I was able to purchased lasted a week before breaking and cost twice as much as the furniture that I had located. That meant that I was able to purchase half of what I needed, and after a week, I didn't even have that. $1000 wasted.

  • Bobby Aggarwal

    02/24/2017 03:57 PM

    What kind of situation is budget for 6 years. That's a reason enough for impeachment and these characters talk of impeaching Trump. This whole thing is a sham and a coverup.

  • Cjaye engelstad

    02/24/2017 03:55 PM

    Love that you read your comments! Wish we could have gone on the Israel trip with you! Have a brand newborn so couldn't swing it. My kids love their "One Nation Under God" DVD and we have continued to purchase the others! Thank you for everything you do!

  • Dianne Roberts

    02/24/2017 03:55 PM

    I love reading your comments and your explanations of the topics.