Despite calling themselves the “party for fiscal responsibility” for the last few decades, the GOP is anything but that. Republicans haven’t had a president from their party balance the budget in over half a century, with their “conservative icon” Ronald Reagan nearly tripling the national debt (adding almost $3 trillion to it) during his eight years in office.
During Barack Obama’s two terms as president, Republicans (including Rand Paul) frequently painted him as some sort of “out-of-control spender” who was selling away the futures of all of our grandchildren — despite the fact that our 44th president actually reduced deficits by nearly $1 trillion during his time in office.
But who cares about facts, right?
Well, prior to our government shutting down (briefly) for the second time in just a couple of weeks, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) took to the Senate floor to blast his party’s hypocrisy when it comes to spending.
“When the Democrats are in power, Republicans appear to be the conservative party,” Paul stated. “But when Republicans are in power, it seems there is no conservative party. The hypocrisy hangs in the air and chokes anyone with a sense of decency or intellectual honesty.”
While I couldn’t agree more with Sen. Paul, I’d be doing everyone reading this an injustice if I didn’t point out his hypocrisy. After all, he’s one of the Republicans who voted for their big tax scam that’s projected to add at least $1.5 trillion to our deficits. So forgive me if I’m a little cynical when it comes to Paul’s sudden concerns for our nation’s fiscal well being.
That said, his comments Thursday were exactly what many Democrats like myself have been saying for years, if not decades.
All I heard from Republicans during Obama’s administration was how “spending was out of control” and how he was “auctioning off our future.” Repeatedly the GOP pushed our nation toward its first ever default as they spread blatant lies about what raising the debt ceiling meant to fear monger against Obama. Donald Trump even built a large part of his campaign slamming our $20 trillion debt, claiming it was a “disgrace.”
Yet here we are, just over a year after he was sworn into office — with Republicans in complete control of the House, Senate, and White House — and all Trump and the GOP have managed to do is pass legislation that’s projected to raise deficits to $1.2 trillion by 2019.
Though as much of a hypocrite as Paul is for slamming his party’s hypocrisy on spending after he voted for adding $1.5 trillion to our deficits with the GOP’s tax scam, he was absolutely right when he said Republicans only pretend to care about spending, deficits, and our national debt when a Democrat’s in office and they can use all three to fear monger and push ridiculous propaganda against them.
So, knowing Republicans the way that I do, I’m going to go ahead and make a “bold prediction”: The next time they lose the White House, they’re suddenly going to become “fiscal hawks” who then spend most of their time blaming that Democratic president for the massive deficits and trillions added to our national debt that they created — as well as any other problems caused by their inept policies.
Honestly, I can’t really call that a “prediction” because that’s what they always do.