Republicans experience amnesia epidemic when it comes to caring about the deficit

Republicans experience amnesia epidemic when it comes to caring about the deficit

After the $1.5 trillion tax giveaway Republicans accomplished last year, they’ve just thrown in the towel on even pretending like the deficit matters.

Congressional leaders are nearing agreement on the costliest spending accord in years, and much of it could wind up on the credit card.

For fiscal hawks, it’s salt in the wound. Capitol Hill sources say there is scant evidence that negotiators are attempting to cover the costs of this year’s deal, unlike those in the recent past.

Actually, let’s stop right here to fix that for Politico:

There is scant evidence that negotiators are attempting to cover the costs of this year’s deal, unlike those in the recent past when a Democrat was president.

And, too, if it’s something that Democrats want to you know, help keep people alive or something. Because they’re still demanding payfors for things like community health centers, which haven’t been funded for the past 125 days. But back to our regularly scheduled story.

GOP leaders recently floated a proposal to Democrats that would raise Congress’ stiff budget caps by roughly $300 billion over two years — more than the three previous budget deals combined.

“It’s a lot of money,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told POLITICO this week. “I’m obviously concerned about what I’m seeing preliminarily.”

Yes, it’s a lot of money. But spare us your concern, Corker, you spineless sniveling peacock. YOU could have held out and not voted for that $1.5 trillion tax cut. YOU could have been the principled opposition that could have shamed the likes of Susan Collins into doing the right thing.

Here’s what we’ve learned since forever ago, when we got tax cuts and two wars from George W. Bush at the same time. Deficits don’t matter to Republicans. Not until there’s a Democratic president.

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