Charlie Buttrey

August 26, 2019

It is the rare occasion that I delve into political matters in this blog. But this article on the CNN website — which points out that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projects that the U.S. federal deficit will reach $1 trillion for the 2020 fiscal year — led me to take a look-see at the 2016 Republican Party platform.  After all, for decades now, hasn’t the GOP railed against budget deficits, to the point that, when President Obama was in office, Republicans were willing to shut down the government rather than increase the debt limit? Wouldn’t massive increases in the budget deficit be antithetical to traditional Republican principles?

Sure enough, on page 8 of the party platform, the GOP declares: “Our national debt is a burden on our economy and families. The huge increase in the national debt demanded by and incurred during the current Administration [that is, the Obama Administration] has placed a significant burden on future generations. We must impose firm caps on future debt, accelerate the repayment of the trillions we now owe in order to reaffirm our principles of responsible and limited government, and remove the burdens we are placing on future generations. A strong economy is one key to debt reduction, but spending restraint is a necessary component that must be vigorously pursued.”

Hmmm…. So, either budget deficits ARE a burden on our economy and families, in which case the Republicans are being hypocritical in allowing them to balloon now that they are in control of the White House, or they AREN’T a burden on our economy and families, in which case the Republicans were… you know… hypocritical.

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