"John W." has some thoughts on the new budget.
After years of running on a platform of fiscal conservatism, our POTUS just signed a $1.3 trillion pork laden budget, the largest in U.S. History. What the hell happened?
Apparently, after many continuing resolutions and fighting with the democrats to get any budget through congress, Trump saw that it would be futile to try to push through a budget that had no chance of passing. Meanwhile, Trump had his military commanders begging him for a stable military budget, one not dependent on the capricious whims of the democrats.
The alternative would have been yet another government shutdown with the democrats and their media allies blitzing the American public with even more stories of an impotent Trump administration. Trump, the author of the Art of the Deal, got very little from this deal. Instead of funding for his border wall that is projected to cost at least $25 billion, he received a paltry $1.5 billion, enough to build a few sections, if any.
The democrats walked away with most of their shopping list, including money for DACCA and Planned Parenthood, plus, plus.
Trump's legacy. Undoubtedly the democrats will bludgeon republican candidates who try to run on traditional fiscal conservatism. It's reminiscent of H.W. Bush's "read my lips, no new taxes." The biggest hit has come to Trump's credibility.