I gotta admit this right up front: I am confused.
As an aging progressive socialist-leaning lefty, I am used to hearing my friends and family on the right screaming about those horrible “tax and spend liberals!”
I’ve grown up hearing the skeptical question, “How do you plan to pay for that?” when progressives ask for more support for the poor, better education, cleaner water, more affordable health care…….
“Oh, you crazy, bleeding heart fools! What about the DEFICIT?”
Back in 2013, the conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, published an article warning us of the many dangers of an increasing federal deficit. They wrote:
President Obama’s high-debt policies will not only bequeath enormous financial burdens to future generations of taxpayers in the form of high levels of interest expense—projected by the Congressional Budget Office to approach a trillion dollars annually by 2023—but these policies will also significantly reduce personal incomes with which to pay these bills.
We liberals took a deep breath, and tried to convince the conservatives that it is both morally and economically wise to invest in the lives and health of the people in our country.
We were laughed at. A lot.
And yet here we are, in the waning days of 2019. The Republican party has been in control of the Senate and the White House for three years.
During those three years, the federal deficit has grown exponentially, as the following graphic will show:
What the hell?
Where are all those fiscal conservatives now? Where are the GOP voices screaming, “How are you gonna PAY for that tax cut?????”
Or even better, “How do you plan to pay for your huge boost in military spending?” Our defense budget has increased by $160 billion in two years under our current administration.
Where, oh, where, are all those outraged Republicans? Where are their memories?
While it is obvious to many that President Trump is suffering from some form of cognitive decline, I am now wondering if perhaps the condition is contagious.
I ask this because…..seriously…..where ARE all the fiscal conservatives? Why is the huge, and rapidly increasing federal deficit suddenly no big deal? Where are the Paul Ryan types who demanded a reduction in spending back in 2013?
Where is Lindsey Graham, who was so horrified about the deficit back in the Obama days? In October of 2015, Sen. Graham wrote:
The biggest domestic challenge facing our nation is our ballooning debt.
So. Where is Senator Graham NOW?
In fact, where are the Democrats?
Where are the progressive voices decrying our ever increasing deficit at a time when we are cutting taxes and rolling back supports for our poorest citizens?
Where the hell is everyone?
I believe the Heritage Foundation when it warns us about the dangers of an increasing federal budget deficit. I believe Lindsey Graham when he demands that the government stop spending more than it brings it.
Where is everyone else out there?
Is the entire GOP suddenly suffering from some form of memory loss? Some type of dementia?
What in the name of goodness is going on out there in the swamp?
7 thoughts on “Does the Entire GOP Have Memory Loss?”
I’m not American, but I have to agree with you on every point you’ve made.
The growing deficit & the relaxing of regulations in financial institutions led to the global financial crash 10 years ago. The current increase in the deficit at a time when trade wars are being started on a whim with allies does not bode well for the global economy.
Nor does the growing chasm between the wealthy & the (working) poor in what is supposed to be the richest country in the world…
You are so right, IMHO, on every count. our income disparity is the biggest issue for me; that and the fact that our entire government is controlled by corporate money. Time to march in the streets….
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I believe you will find that the deficit under Democrats declines or at least growth significantly declines. It’s under Republicans that it increases. And we all believe that the Republicans are the fiscally more responsible? Go figure.
Precisely! Where are the dem voices calling out our current deficit debacle????
Yes, they have memory loss.
I swear, I just do NOT get it….my pro-trump friends and family are all cheering our “booming economy”…..but?????
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The economy is not booming for a whole lot of people living pay check to pay check. A booming stock market does not “trickle down” to low wage workers much less many “middle class” folks.