Here are a few news briefs you may not have heard.
IF YOU MISSED THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING thursday, you missed an outstanding presentation by Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on the president’s budget. Seriously, it was refreshing insight into the budget process, developed after reviewing the promises made by President Trump during his campaign. Referencing the plan to cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, he said, how do you tell someone in coal country or a mother of two in Detroit to send in their taxes so we can pay for these organizations? Of course, the Democrats ran to the microphones afterward to say the cuts would doom Meals on Wheels. Not specifically in the budget as that’s state expenditure. To watch Mulvaney’s fast-moving, informative presentation, click here. Don’t get too excited; Dems and establishment Republicans will be looking for money for their states. By the way, it is Mulvaney, not Mulcaney as spelled by you tube.
IT DREW LITTLE INTEREST BY THE MEDIA, even though the Associated Press reported that as many as 70 teenagers in some 30 Wisconsin counties voted illegally in the April primary election. Wisconsin election officials blame the social media posts of former Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for giving false information about 17-year-olds being able to legally vote in primaries.
BUSINESS IS OPTIMISTIC – Investor’s Business Daily reports that 141 CEOs of some of the largest companies that make up the Business Roundtable, see the business environment improving with the president’s focus on jobs and growth. In a survey, 41 percent of those CEOs say they plan to increase hiring in the next six months, 46 percent say they plan to increase spending, and 78 percent expect sales to rise in six months. The optimism index hit the 93.3 mark, the biggest increase in eight years. Now it’s up to the president and his Republican Congress to get his agenda through.