My thoughts on the hypocritical nature of the Republican Party and the conservatives who support it are well documented. A day doesn’t go by where I’m not absolutely blown away by the unprecedented levels of hypocrisy displayed by these people. There’s nothing like seeing someone who once told me that the monthly economic reports that proved the Obama administration had been very good for the economy were all “fake” — now using those very same numbers to brag about Donald Trump’s supposed “economic successes.”
I’m sure I’m not the only one who notices the lies, propaganda, and talking points Republicans often use when a Democrat’s in office seem to change drastically the moment a Republican is living in the White House.
So, in the spirit of this hypocrisy, I thought I’d run down five things conservatives seem to stop caring about once a Republican is president.
1. The deficit: Whenever a Democrat is in office, all Republicans seem able to talk about is the need to reduce the deficit and pay off our national debt. During Barack Obama’s years, hardly a day went by where Republicans weren’t accusing his administration of “out-of-control spending” and “selling off our grandchildren’s futures.” Yet now that Trump’s in office, I can’t remember the last time I heard a Republican talk about deficits. In fact, the tax proposals backed by the current administration would add trillions to our debt. Though I’m sure just like Republicans have in the past, they’ll simply wait for the next Democrat to get elected to office, then they’ll suddenly care about deficits again.
2. Declining labor participation rate: Though a relatively new attack line, since Republicans couldn’t keep harping on Obama’s jobs numbers considering they were so strong for most of his presidency, the one area they often focused on was the declining labor participation rate. Even though a large part of this decline can be attributed to “baby boomers” reaching retirement age, Republicans still tried to claim this statistic “proved Obama’s economy was a disaster.” Of course, now that a Republican is in the White House, even though the participation rate is still in decline — you don’t hear much about it from the GOP.
3. The national debt: Much like deficits, Republicans love to bring up our national debt whenever a Democrat calls the White house home, but don’t seem too interested in discussing it whenever a Republican is living there. I can’t count how many times Trump and other members of his party brought up our nation’s debt during the 2016 election. Over and over again, they painted Obama as someone who had sold away our country’s future while claiming that they’re the only ones who can solve our “debt crisis.” Well, with the national debt officially going over $20 trillion recently, and Republican policies estimated to only add trillions to that total, I’m going to go ahead and make a prediction that you won’t hear much about the “burden our national debt is putting on Americans” until after they lose the White House again.
4. Presidents issuing executive orders: King! Dictator! Emperor! Unconstitutional! These were just a few of the insults Republicans used against Barack Obama whenever he issued an executive order. Even though he only issued 276 over eight years, which is fewer than George W. Bush (291) and Ronald Reagan (381) signed during their presidencies, that didn’t stop the GOP from often proclaiming that our 44th president was an “unconstitutional dictator” for signing these orders. Once again, now that a Republican is in the White House, they clearly don’t mind that Trump’s already signed 50 (at least as of writing this, that number will almost certainly be larger by the time many read this) in less than a year in office. He’s currently on pace to issue 67 per year, which would put him at 268 over a four-year term — only 8 shy of what Obama issued in eight years.
5. A president golfing/taking personal trips/vacations: Even though Barack Obama took far fewer vacation days than George W. Bush, Republicans always labeled him as the “Vacationer-in-Chief.” They took particular exception to his fondness for golf which, admittedly, Obama did enjoy playing. Yet now that we have a Republican “president” who seems to travel to one of his golfing resorts every other weekend, and is on pace to cost taxpayers more during his first year in office for personal travel expenses than we spent during Obama’s entire two-terms as president, most Republicans don’t seem to have any problem with this. I’m sure once the next Democrat is elected president, then they’ll care about how much personal time they spend away from the White House.
Obviously there are more, but I think I’ll save those for a “Part 2.”
There are many reasons why I oppose the GOP, especially in its modern form. However, dating back to my earliest days following politics, one of the first issues I recognized with the Republican Party was their hypocrisy — an issue that’s only gotten worse over time.
What was once simple, ordinary hypocrisy has become so egregious that it borders on outright insanity.