The Trump administration's proposed $4.1 billion budget is a "pro-jobs, pro-work, pro-business, and pro-prosperity" financial plan for the nation, Stephen Moore told Newsmax TV.
"The people in the swamp are obviously very upset about this," Moore, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and former senior economic adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, told Newsmax TV's Steve Malzberg on Tuesday.
"But this is exactly what Trump promised, which was to downsize Washington and return power back to America. You can't do that when you have a budget that's growing six percent, seven percent, eight percent per year.''
Moore said complaints of massive cuts do not make sense.
"The budget this year for $4 trillion. Next year it's $4.1 trillion. By my math, that's not a cut. A lot of this talk about these severe cuts is over the top," he said.
"And this is the first president for a long time that's done exactly what he said he would do, and that's why the left is hyperventilating."
Moore called budget director Mick Mulvaney "a superstar."
"I loved what he said: 'You're on food stamps, and you're able to work, you're going to work. We're not going to give you handouts for nothing.' I mean is that such a radical idea? If you want a handout for somebody, you should work in compensation for that," he told Malzberg.
"By the way, we did this in the mid-1990s. Work requirements for welfare. Bill Clinton, who I believe was a Democrat, signed that into law. It was one of the most historic social policy achievements in the last 50 years.
"[President Barack] Obama came in and gutted all those work requirements. We got over half the people off welfare into work. Isn't that what we want to do? So, why can't we do that again? . . . I believe in giving people who are down on the luck a handout for sure. A hand up but not a handout."
Moore said the budget proposal is Trump "laying out is a vision."
"He wants Washington smaller, smarter, more controlled, more responsible," Moore said. "He wants to put more money in the hands and pockets of the taxpayers. What's the title for this budget? Putting taxpayers first. I haven't seen that in 30 years."
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