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Trump budget abandons fiscal conservatism —
and so does hypocritical GOP

McClatchy Newspapers, by Andrew Malcolm

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Posted By:SurferLad, 2/13/2018 6:07:33 AM

Remember Republicans’ enduring commitment over most of our lifetimes to eliminate the federal budget deficit and trim the national debt? Well, forget it. In fact, with the GOP controlling the White House and both houses of Congress, the government this year will likely inflict nearly an additional trillion dollars on the existing $20 trillion national debt. And just like your credit card balance, the total federal obligations will also increase right along with now rising interest rates. Amazingly after all the promises and pleas for more than two generations, it seems everyone, except maybe a showboat senator making a futile


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 2/13/2018 6:18:04 AM     (No. 11542032)

They lied.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: califedup, 2/13/2018 6:38:42 AM     (No. 11542047)

There is a growing suspicion that the leadership of the republicans in Congress want to lose control of both the House and the Senate in the upcoming elections because that would lead to the impeachment and removal of President Trump and they can hide behind the democrats who will do their dirty work for them, plus McConnell and Ryan do not want to be in majority leadership positions because they do not want to lead and fear the consequences of their failure to save our country from the totalitarian democrat party communists.

In this monstrosity of a budget they just passed they fully funded Planned UnParenthood, NPR, PBS, and all of the other oppressive government entities under the rationale of strengthening our military.

I look at the republicans and then look at the democrats and see very little difference at this point.

Our votes are meaningless at this point except for electing Trump.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TOOTALL, 2/13/2018 7:43:15 AM     (No. 11542084)

I am livid! Brad Wenstrup and Rob Portman in Southern Ohio have totally abandoned and lied to us!

The have saddled my children and grandchildren with a debt load that will seriously affect the quality of their lives. I am really, really, angry!

Wait till interest rates begin to tick up and the debt service on the deficit becomes an uncontrollable monster that gobbles up all revenue.

Ernest Hemingway, when asked about how he went bankrupt said, ´it happened gradually .... then suddenly!´ I´m afraid that is our future. But Wenstrup and Portman won´t be anywhere to be found when that happens.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/13/2018 8:13:26 AM     (No. 11542111)

Grow up, you people!
This is the cost to avoid the train wreck of Democratic control of government.
I trust President Trump to whittle away at government over time, but he can´t do it out of officee.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: gijohn, 2/13/2018 8:18:16 AM     (No. 11542116)

Hysterical right out of the gate. I pay as much attention to them as I do the wash post. That is to say none. Skimming the article I noticed the 1 trillion dollar price tag of the tax cuts. But I read elsewhere that in the 1st month of the cuts we had a surplus.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bradcro, 2/13/2018 2:45:08 PM     (No. 11542520)

"Republicanism" is not a religion that must be followed without question.

We have to deal with the situation we face.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 2/13/2018 3:54:12 PM     (No. 11542574)

- Until the entitlements are seriously dealt with - good luck with that! - budgets and deficits will continue to spiral.

- The ever-growing debt service must be paid as it falls due. No leeway there.

- As to discretionary spending every federal program, no matter how ineffective or obsolete, has a tenacious constituency willing to fight for its survival. We want to rebuild our military, do we not? Well, in order secure the necessary funding we´re going to have to concede a lot of financial ground to the Dems, whose pastiche of crazy interest groups has them by the electoral short hair.

And so it goes.

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