Trump's budget reveals the GOP's priorities in all their hideous glory

This is what Republicans actually believe in

Capitol Hill.
(Image credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The saying "a budget is a moral document" has become almost a cliche, something that people repeat whenever anyone assembles a budget for the federal government. Interestingly enough, it's usually liberals who say it, while conservatives aren't particularly eager to cast their budgetary choices in the light of morality. There's a good reason for that.

But before we get to that reason, let's take a look at the budget the White House released on Monday. It should be said that this budget won't actually become law — Congress writes budgets, and Democrats and Republicans just made an agreement that will cover government spending for the next two years — but the president's budget is always a window into the administration's thinking and priorities. In this case, that window opens on an ugly place, where the world the Republican Party would like to see is laid out in all its hideous glory.

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