It was eight years of fake outrage from the GOP on the deficit and ethics in government.
Never take the GOP seriously when they whine about the deficit and ethics in government. Everything is just politics and a quest for power. The GOP used the deficit and government ethics as a wedge issue. They don’t care when a GOP POTUS runs up deficits or profits from government service.
Trump himself is already making money off his Presidency. He lobbied the Argentine President to get some permits approved in Buenos Aires, Ivanka Trump — who heads up the Trump Asia department — sat in on a meeting with the Japanese P.M., Trump encouraged foreign governments to do business with his D.C. hotel etc. I could go on.
Trump’s HHS nominee — Tom Price — has a long history of profiting off public service. The Wall Street Journal recently reported, for example, that Price “traded more than $300,000 in shares of health-related companies over the past four years while sponsoring and advocating legislation that potentially could affect those companies’ stocks.” Kaiser Health New added soon after that Price got “a sweetheart deal” on an investment opportunity from a foreign biotech firm. CNN then reported that the congressman bought stock in a medical company, introduced legislation that would benefit that company, and then received a campaign contribution from the company’s PAC.
Thus far, it’s been silence from the people in the GOP who freaked out about the Clinton email server and the Clinton Foundation. Unfortunately, many voters and the mainstream media were conned by this fake GOP concern for ethics in government.
The same people who were in full outrage mode for 8 years over the deficit recently voted to add $9 trillion to the national debt and bring us back to the days of $1 trillion annual deficits. Politico is reporting this morning that Trump and the GOP will be proposing tax cuts that aren’t paid for. This is in addition to $1 trillion infrastructure tax cuts and a $1 trillion defense buildup.
As Orrin Hatch said about the GWB years: “ Well, in those days, a lot of things weren’t paid for.” It looks like we are returning to those days. Buckle your seat belts!
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