Thursday, December 6, 2018
CONFIRMED! - TRUMP HIRES ILLEGALS!!!
In politics, a "Kinsleyan gaffe" is defined as the misfortune of a politician inadvertently telling the truth. A new piece in that President Trump myopically rebuffed early recommendations that his administration take policy steps to curb the country's , privately telling aides that the eventual fiscal crash would happen on someone else's watch. If accurate -- and it's certainly plausible, given his -- this calculation combines irresponsible, short-sighted, buck-passing cynicism with frank honesty:
The friction came to a head in early 2017 when senior officials offered Trump charts and graphics laying out the numbers and showing a “hockey stick” spike in the national debt in the not-too-distant future. In response, Trump noted that the data suggested the debt would reach a critical mass only after his possible second term in office. “Yeah, but I won’t be here,” the president bluntly said, according to a source who was in the room when Trump made this comment during discussions on the debt…Several people close to the president, both within and outside his administration, confirmed that the national debt has never bothered him in a truly meaningful way, despite his public lip service. “I never once heard him talk about the debt,” one former senior White House official attested.
As I not too long ago, neither of our political parties is truly serious about addressing this brewing crisis, or arresting our downward spiral. Republicans were full of sensible, forward-looking ideas and policies when those policies had no chance of implementation, but when they gained full power in Washington, the difficult, painful and necessary project of entitlement reform fell by the wayside. (I should note that the unsuccessful would have reformed one major program, and will remind readers that tax reform is emphatically not the causeof our fiscal difficulties). The president is simply not interested in leading on this issue, and he's reportedly told his subordinates precisely why that's the case. Liberals will undoubtedly decry this revelation as further evidence of Trump's recklessness and selfishness, but let's be serious: If the quote attributed to the president is accurate, he was simply stating outright what many, many politicians have privately concluded for years, all while feigning concern about the debt for public consumption.
The Obama administration, under which the to an unprecedented degree, vastly expanded an -- and now President Obama has the massive expansion of another program, which is already the top driver of our long-term debt. The math is empirical and could not be clearer, yet any and all efforts to tackle the predictable crisis have been reflexively rejected. I'll never forget the following exchange between Obama's Treasury Secretary and then-House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. Ryan, one of a handful of politicians who actually the urgency of the long-term debt challenge, confronted Timothy Geithner with the same sort of chart that apparently left Trump unmoved. that Team Obama had no alternative solution, simply reaffirming that they opposed Ryan's reforms. Toggle ahead to the very end of this clip:
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