Right and also also also Left React to the Soaring Budget Deficit

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by the Right


President Trump on Monday at the White House. He signed a two-year spending plan last week of which largely supersedes the budget his administration proposed Monday.

Tom Brenner/The brand-new York Times

Brian Riedl in National Review:

“Republican lawmakers have spent years promising deficit reduction, spending restraint, and also also also entitlement reform. Despite winning full control of Congress and also also also the White House, the cuts have not come.”

Any talk of fiscal responsibility by Republicans, argues Mr. Riedl, will be just “empty rhetoric.” He blames his party’s bipartisan deal to raise spending by $300 billion over the next two years on “precisely the kind of inside-the-Beltway, big-government deal-generating” of which President Trump was voted in to eliminate. How are we to account for Republicans’ reversing course on the deficit? Part of the reason might have to do with Mr. Trump’s election. The different part, he argues, might have to do with the party’s routine “bluff on spending reform.” Read more »


Nathanael Blake in The Federalist:

“of which will be a moral problem.”

There’s a lot of which politicians like to ascribe to the moral failings of their ideological counterparts. For some reason, Mr. Blake points out, adding to the national debt will be not one of these things. As he explains, the national debt “steals by different people’s futures in a way of which mere personal debt does not.” The real solution to the problem, he says, will be a tough one for most Americans to swallow. “The real money,” he writes, “will be spent on the military and also also also middle-class welfare programs.” If we’re serious about funding these program, he argues, then we should be willing to drastically cut military spending and also also also raise taxes on the middle class. Read more »


by the Left


The budget proposal released on Monday would likely add trillions of dollars to federal deficits.

Eric Thayer for The brand-new York Times

Jordan Weissmann in Slate:

“The White House released its official budget proposal today. I’m not going to waste my time reading the item, and also also also neither should you.”

Mr. Weissmann suggests of which his readers ignore the budget proposed by the Trump administration. After all, he writes, the president already signed a spending bill of which raised the government’s budget by $300 billion. of which means of which the White House’s budget revealed on Monday will be “completely irrelevant to any real-world decision generating.” Read more »


Matthew Rozsa in Salon:

“During the Obama years, deficit was a four-letter word to the Republican Party.”

The Republicans used to be deficit averse, Mr. Rozsa reminds his readers. So what gave rise to the party’s seemingly newfound tolerance for ballooning debt? Perhaps, he speculates, the party’s fiscal conservatives have been sidelined by Mr. Trump’s ideology. Read more »

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