Congress

“It’s not a Republican problem”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The GOP's tax cuts for corporations and the rich are expected to cost the federal government at least $1.5 trillion over 10 years or more than $100 billion per year.

Not coincidentally, the federal deficit increased by about $113 billion in fiscal 2018.

The federal deficit has increased to its highest level since 2012 and congressional Republicans are finally acknowledging it, but they say this is a sign that it's time to cut spending on health care.

During Mitch McConnell's interview with Bloomberg this morning, the Senate majority leader said the soaring deficit is "not a Republican problem" and we must cut spending in a bipartisan fashion.

"It’s disappointing but it’s not a Republican problem," McConnell said in an interview with Bloomberg News when asked about the rising deficits and debt.

"It’s a bipartisan problem: Unwillingness to address the real drivers of the debt by doing anything to adjust those programs to the demographics of America in the future." [...]

McConnell said it would be "very difficult to do entitlement reform, and we’re talking about Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid," with one party in charge of Congress and the White House.

"I think it’s pretty safe to say that entitlement changes, which is the real driver of the debt by any objective standard, may well be difficult if not impossible to achieve when you have unified government," McConnell said.

This is a Republican problem. It may be their biggest problem.

Every single time Republicans control the government, they explode the deficit. And they do so recklessly. It's not as if they're spending all that cash on worthwhile endeavors like infrastructure and innovation. No, they spend it on tax cuts and bloated defense contracts that in some cases the Pentagon didn't even ask for. In 2017, Republicans in Congress increased defense spending even more than Trump asked for.

Now, I'm sure Mitch McConnell didn't mean it exactly this way, but he appears to have conceded that the only way to restore fiscal sanity is to return at least partial control of the government to Democrats.

I suppose we should thank him for his endorsement.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Now, I’m sure Mitch McConnell didn’t mean it exactly this way, but he appears to have conceded that the only way to restore fiscal sanity is to return at least partial control of the government to Democrats.

    Because, when the Democrats again clean up the mess the Republicans made, the Republicans will bitch and whine about what the Democrats are doing.

    McConnell did go on to say how the Republicans need that political cover. To admit that the Republicans know what needs to be done, won’t do it themselves, need the Democrats to do it, so they can claim the blame falls on the Dems.

  • muselet

    To repeat my go-to line for situations like this: as predictable as the sunrise.

    –alopecia

  • katanahamon

    Makes me go nuclear. “Real drivers of debt” is actually their tax giveaway to the wealthy. And the fact they won’t legislate a tax police with any teeth to make sure taxes are actually paid. I’ve said it before, but..”it’s torches and pitchforks time!!” A reasonable society takes care of the elderly, and social security is paid into by workers..when will we wake the f up to these robber barons? Sorry to abruptly change topics, but do you notice how Elizabeth Warren can’t do any right? First they accuse her of saying she’s Native American, which by the way she never did..she said her relatives told stories that they had “some” ancestry through distant relatives. Then, she actually releases evidence, and first Rump just says it’s fake, and the Native Americans diss her too! She’s getting the “Full Hillary.”

    • Aynwrong

      The way Elizabeth Warren is being treated is disgusting. She didn’t make this bullshit part of her political identity, right wing assholes on the radio did and now she’s taking shit for rightly debunking it and the fucking media just reports it as nothing more than her problem.

      Apologies for the language. It just spewed forth and I decided to leave it because it’s how I genuinely feel.

    • swift_4

      It’s the standard cycle. And people who call themselves progressive fall for it every time. Republicans attack on the weakest grounds and “liberal” media picks it up for the ratings. Then “progressives” bail because they perceive their darling isn’t pure enough any more.

      Hillary
      Gore – “internet”
      Kerry – “swift boat”
      Warren – “Pocahontas”
      On deck, Kamala Harris

  • Username1016

    SURELY even the red hats are catching on by now? That giant sucking sound is the 1% taking all the money, leaving your grandma destitute. And you too if you live long enough. And it’s THE REPUBLICANS doing it, sheesh!

  • Draxiar

    Cutting taxes for rich people and then crying about the deficit being to high? We’ve heard this before. I’ve got nothing left to give to this except a 2×4 upside Mitch’s head.