• Let’s Be Honest: President, Republicans Dropping the Ball on the Budget Deal

    Surge Summary: Republican President Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress are failing to stand for financial sanity in the current, soon-to-pass debt deal.

    Just in case anyone is actually still entertaining the idea, it would seem the era of big government, no matter who is the president, no matter who is controlling either chamber of Congress, is decidedly not over.

    Erick Erickson gets specific: “The deal to raise the debt limit is a bad deal.”

    It is unfortunate that it seems to take a Republican led Congress and a Democrat President to get meaningful debt reductions in this country. President Bill Clinton and a Republican Congress balanced the budget. That was in the late nineties. In 2011, House Republicans forced Barack Obama to agree to sequestration, which brought about meaningful cuts to spending.

    Sequestration is finally dead with this deal. The present deal busts caps, funds Planned Parenthood, does not fund meaningful border security, and comes the same day the administration made a concession to abortion clinics.

    Brian Reidl writes,

    President Trump and congressional leaders are nearing a deal that would raise the discretionary-spending caps by $320 billion over two years and offset less than one-quarter of those costs (and even those offsets would take a decade to materialize). The budget deal would essentially repeal the final two years of the 2011 Budget Control Act and raise the baseline for future discretionary spending by nearly $2 trillion over the decade.

    Reidl’s diagnosis?

    [The] New Budget Deal Puts Final Nail in the Tea-Party Coffin … The conventional wisdom among Washington Republicans is that populist conservative voters no longer care about spending or deficits.

    Federal expenditures continue to balloon, one trillion dollar deficits draw near, the egregious Planned Parenthood is remains funded. Congressional Republicans bear a good chunk of the blame. They’re not shutting down this lethal cycle of paying out disastrously more funds than the government is bringing in, averting their gaze from serious entitlement reform, the principle driver of the impending debt catastrophe. The President has pledged to not touch that issue.

    Congressional Republicans are failing, floundering, and giving in to fiscal irresponsibility. …

    The Republicans have ceded any and all credibility on fiscal responsibility. The President should not sign this deal. He should demand more concessions on spending.

    Erickson urges the president to demand his fellow Repubs fight for spending cuts now, especially since he is in the White House. They could leverage a debt ceiling increase, as they did eight years ago, for meaningful fiscal sensibleness. Instead, voters are served more out-of-control spending by elected officials more intent on pandering in order to keep their office than on fiscal stewardship.

    This is a signal failure of leadership all around from the President and his GOP colleagues.

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