Nearly a year ago, while the debate over the Republican tax breaks for the ultra wealthy was near its horrible end, Senate Majority Leader and terrible turtle Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) lied that the tax cuts did not need to be compensated for – because they would pay for themselves.
“I not only don’t think it will increase the deficit, I think it will be beyond revenue neutral,” Mitch McConnell lied shamelessly in December 2017. “In other words, I think it will produce more than enough to fill that gap.”
Whether the Republican leader actually believed his own deceitful rhetoric is an unknown, but either way, we know now that the Kentucky senator’s statement was spectacularly wrong. The greed-driven Republican tax breaks have, like Democrats and anyone familiar with arithmetic predicted, launched the nation’s budget deficit into outer space.
Take a guess what McConnell said to Bloomberg News about he wants to do to fix his mistake.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blamed rising federal deficits and debt on a bipartisan unwillingness to contain spending on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and said he sees little chance of a major deficit reduction deal while Republicans control Congress and the White House.
“It’s disappointing but it’s not a Republican problem,” McConnell said in an interview with Bloomberg News when asked about the rising deficits and debt. “It’s a bipartisan problem: Unwillingness to address the real drivers of the debt by doing anything to adjust those programs to the demographics of America in the future.”
He said that he thinks “Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid” are “the real driver of the debt.”
The Republicans’ tax cuts for the rich are what have made the deficit so much larger. When Mitch McConnell calls the excessive federal borrowing “very disturbing,” like he did this morning, it’s just like watching an arsonist complain about the ashes he created with his own selfish actions.
The Senate Republican leader created this mess, meaning his complaints about it are dishonest and evil.
During the debate regarding the Republican tax package, the Democrats made an obvious prediction: Republican policymakers would blow a huge hole in the budget, then use the shortfall as their excuse to damage social-insurance programs such as Medicare and Social Security, which are vital to America’s well-being.
Of course, that’s exactly what’s happening now.
The upcoming midterms have ushered in an unbelievable debate over which of the parties truly supports the pillars of modern American life like Medicare and Social Security (it’s the Democrats). Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed, reality be damned, that voters should view Republicans as the true supporters these programs. But many leading Republican officials – in the White House, in the Senate, and in the House – continue to admit that they’re very eager to cut Medicare and Social Security. Perhaps the public should believe the Republicans and stop them from destroying America by voting against them in November.