Stop me if you’ve seen this one before. The Republicans pass a huge tax cut for the rich, blowing a hole in federal revenue and ballooning the deficit, then suddenly get very concerned about the growing debt. And rather than repealing the tax cut that caused it to explode, they now want cuts in social services like Medicare and Medicaid to make up for it — while increasing defense spending, of course.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday called the ballooning budget deficit “very disturbing” but said large federal spending programs were to blame, dismissing criticism that last year’s GOP tax cuts are saddling the country with more debt.
McConnell, in a Bloomberg News interview, also said there was little chance Republicans would be able to cut government spending next year if they retained control of Congress because any changes would need leadership from Democrats.McConnell (R-Ky.) said that tackling the mandatory spending programs such as Medicare and Social Security, as well as Medicaid, could not be done by Republicans alone, suggesting that it was unlikely to occur unless Democrats controlled at least one chamber of Congress.
This was, of course, their plan all along. His argument is so blatantly dishonest. Our spending on Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid and food stamps didn’t go way up in the last year. In fact, they probably went down because the economy has continued to grow and the unemployment rate has gone down. What changed? Revenue, because they passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut. Their goal all along was to boost the deficit so they could then blame it on social spending and take an axe to those programs that so many people rely on, while increasing spending on defense (because apparently it isn’t enough to put taxpayers on the hook for 47% of all military spending in the entire world, it has to be more!). It’s a win-win for them. They get to pay off their corporate paymasters with massive tax cuts and hurt the poor, which they take great delight in doing.