Trump’s budget fattens ‘Republican’ programs (and starves ‘Democratic’ ones)

With the release of his first budget proposal Thursday, President Trump is aiming to make good on his promise to dramatically change how federal dollars are divided among the government’s departments and agencies. …

These enduring priorities have become critical elements of both parties’ brands in the public’s mind, a phenomenon that political scientists call “issue ownership.” …

There is a nearly 1-to-1 correspondence between issues that the Democrats own and programs that Trump wants to cut. That includes federal spending on the environment, education and programs for the poor and unemployed.

Trump’s proposed spending increases on the military and domestic security are issues owned solidly by the Republican Party. CONT.

Patrick J. Egan (NYU), Monkey Cage