- Chris Edwards: There is no magic money tree in Washington; states and private sector should pick up slack for cuts in Trump's proposed budget
- But, he says, Trump's defense-spending boost doesn't help US save money: entitlement programs hold real key
- Still, Edwards says, budget a good first step
Chris Edwards is the director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, and editor of www.DownsizingGovernment.org. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)When President Donald Trump released his first budget this week proposing to cut a range of agencies and programs, he declared, in an accompanying message "our budget blueprint insists on $54 billion in reductions to non-defense programs." He said: "We are going to do more with less, and make the government lean and accountable to the people."