Just to remind everyone, Republicans control all of our government. They hold majorities in both the House and the Senate and control the White House. While it’s true that Democrats hold some power in the Senate, as we saw when it came to their ability to block the GOP’s latest tax scam, they don’t have much.
Yet that hasn’t stopped Donald Trump from repeatedly blaming Democrats for the incompetence of both himself and his party. From their failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, to the now two government shutdowns (albeit the second one being very brief) we’ve had over the last two weeks, the leader of the party of “personal responsibility” has done everything he can possibly do to try to convince his cult-like followers that his party’s inability to get anything accomplished is the fault of the Democrats.
This was especially hilarious during their attempt to repeal Obamacare when the Senate didn’t need a single vote from a Democrat to repeal the law — yet still couldn’t manage enough GOP to support to do so.
As Republicans often do, they create the problems, then blame Democrats for them later.
Such as these two tweets from Trump on Friday morning blaming Democrats for the massive increases to our deficit Republicans have added recently:
Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want in order to finally, after many years of depletion, take care of our Military. Sadly, we needed some Dem votes for passage. Must elect more Republicans in 2018 Election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2018
Costs on non-military lines will never come down if we do not elect more Republicans in the 2018 Election, and beyond. This Bill is a BIG VICTORY for our Military, but much waste in order to get Dem votes. Fortunately, DACA not included in this Bill, negotiations to start now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2018
Hear that, folks? The massive spending bill Republicans passed that adds billions to our already bloated defense budget is the fault of the Democrats because of “spending on things” Trump didn’t want.
Well, here are a few of those things Trump apparently “didn’t want”:
- $90 billion toward disaster relief for areas hit by hurricanes
- $20 billion for infrastructure projects (Funny, isn’t rebuilding infrastructure something he ran on?)
- $6 billion to combat the opioid crisis (Something else he claims he cares about.)
- $5.8 billion for the Child Care Development Block Grant program
- $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health research
While I have no doubt that Trump has absolutely no idea how much money he just added to the deficit, or where any of the money is actually going — besides defense, of course — I’d still love for someone to ask Trump which of those things I just listed above he “didn’t want.”
For those wondering, it also increases defense spending by $165 billion over the next two years.
Based on this spending bill, and the GOP’s recent tax bill, by next year deficits are expected to hit $1.2 trillion.
To put that into perspective, in 2009, in the midst of the Great Recession, the deficit hit $1.4 trillion.
In 2014, Obama got deficits down to $435 billion — even as Republicans spent years accusing him of “out-of-control-spending” — though they went up slightly during his last year in office (after Republicans controlled all of Congress) to $544 billion, mostly due to a tax deal struck with the GOP.
So after decades of claiming to be the “party of fiscal responsibility,” and years accusing Obama of “out-of-control spending,” in just one year, Republicans have approved tax and spending bills that are projected to increase our deficits to levels not seen since we were trying to bail ourselves out of the worst economic crash since the Great Depression.
As always, Republicans only care about deficits and our national debt when they don’t have power. After they lose it, they spend the entire time Democrats have the White House blaming them for the deficits and national debt to which they added trillions.
What’s even more absurd about all of this is Trump spent a good part of his campaign pointing to the national debt as a “disgrace,” saying he’d “fix it in no time.” Well, in his first year in office, all he’s managed to do is approve legislation that adds trillions to it.
Make no mistake about it, even as Trump tries to claim that the things he “didn’t want” are the reason why deficits are set to explode in the coming years, even if you erased all that money from this bill we would still be looking at an over $1 trillion deficit in 2019.
By the way, this bill doesn’t include the billions Trump wants approved to build his stupid border wall. Money he’s going to try to get by holding DACA hostage until he gets it.
I also don’t think I need to point out the irony of Trump acting like he cares about spending as he spends nearly every weekend golfing at one of his resorts (at the taxpayer’s expense) and apparently wants a dictator-like military parade that’s going to cost taxpayers millions.
Since Republicans are supported by millions of people who don’t like to think for themselves, easily manipulated by simple talking points and rhetoric that sounds good, but ultimately doesn’t make any sense, they can get away with this idiocy.
That’s why I have no doubt that millions of conservatives all over this country agreed with Trump when this “president” blamed Democrats for the fact that our deficits are set to skyrocket over the next few years thanks to the tax and spending bills the GOP-controlled House and Senate passed — that he signed.
Just another day in a world where we are dealing with millions of people who simply don’t live in the same reality as the rest of us.