Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The attempts to suggest Trump betrayed some previously healthy ideal of budgetary rectitude -- remaking, abandoning -- combined with the implication that it somehow grows out of his personality -- his own image -- represent the party's utterly predictable efforts to explain away its already-collapsing promises. Trump has not abandoned Republican economic policy. He has carried it out faithfully. The party's attempts to pin its collapse on his personal shortcomings of willpower are a completely predictable part of how that policy takes shape.

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A recent Post story channels this vein of intraparty criticism. "Trump, who proclaimed "I love debt" in a 2016 interview, showed little concern about relying on heavy borrowing in his business career," it reports. "A political chameleon who has shifted between the two parties numerous times, Trump has never embraced the sort of austerity favored by budget cutters such as Ryan." Of course, Ryan supported every bill Trump signed. He also supported all the bills increasing the deficit under Bush. Indeed, Ryan has had far more influence on the design of fiscal policy than has Trump, who happily signs anything the Congress shoves in front of his face.

Blaming the president's idiosyncratic personality traits is a way for conservatives to avoid confronting the complete unworkability of their fiscal model. In reality, Trump did not remake the Republican economic playbook in his own image. Republicans remade the Trump economic playbook in theirs.

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Meanwhile, Trump's allies have already begun to blame his big-spending ways for the swelling deficit.

When Republican fiscal policy caused a debt explosion under Bush, conservatives blamed his "compassionate conservatism." Bush was not a true believer, you see.

Therefore his deficits did not count against conservatism.

They are now applying the same ideological disowning to Trump.

Today alone, conservatives including Brian Riedl, Victor Davis Hanson, and Brandon Weichert have published the requisite denunciations of the administration's spendthrift ways.


So conservatives will be Trump.

And Trump will undoubtedly blame Hillary.

And Trump voters will undoubtedly blame Obama.

Garbage in, garbage out. Rinse, spend, repeat.

And all of this is why the United States of America is in permanent decline.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-02-13 01:43 AM | Reply

A trillion a year on the credit card....

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-13 09:36 AM | Reply

Stimulus spending in the good times and in crisis.

#3 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-13 09:50 AM | Reply

Rubio's insistance on larger, refundable child tax credits, as well as the melding of the Standard Deduction with the Personal Exemption will mean a larger percentage of filers will pay no net income tax.

Republicans will express outrage at the percentage not paying income taxes, and blame the Democrats.

Just like the last time the child tax credit increased, or when EITC was incorporated onto the tax return: folks were thrown off the net-tax rolls due to Republican ideas, for which they blamed Democrats.

Obama's fault, obviously.

#4 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-02-13 09:58 AM | Reply

We ran a surplus the first month of the tax cut.www.cnsnews.com

#5 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-13 12:52 PM | Reply

Trump is ok with debt and deficit. It only affects OTHER people.

#6 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-02-13 12:56 PM | Reply

I blame Republicans mothers for how badly their rotten children grew up to be.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-13 01:04 PM | Reply

"We ran a surplus the first month of the tax cut." - #5 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-13 12:52 PM

A tax surplus of $49 billion.

Meanwhile:

There was a $51 billion surplus in January, 2017 without the tax cut (thanks Obama).
And there was a $55 billion surplus in January, 2016 without the tax cut (thanks Obama).
Your stupidity and lack of curiosity make you the perfect target.

Ever figure out how dates work?

#8 | Posted by Hans at 2018-02-13 01:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 13

Republicans have never had a workable economic plan.

#9 | Posted by squinch at 2018-02-13 01:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

If the GOP wants things to go back to the way they were in the 1950's the need to replicated Eisenhower's unapologetic support for science, education, massive government spending, and record setting taxes for the top 1% of society.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-13 01:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

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They want to turn the clocks back to the 1930s, before Roosevelt helped millions out of poverty.

#11 | Posted by Bubba10 at 2018-02-13 01:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Obama's fault, obviously.

#4 | Posted by Danforth

YUP!

If Obama hadn't spent $7 trillion putting the economy back together then Trump wouldn't have to spend $28 Trillion to prove he can out President him.

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-13 01:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Stupid, ignoramus, hypocritical rightwingers do not need to be told who to blame. They already know. It is all Obama's fault. And anything that cannot be attributed to Obama can be attributed to Pelosi/Schumer. And the scary thing is that most of these ------------ really believe it.

#13 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-02-13 01:29 PM | Reply

If the GOP wants things to go back to the way they were in the 1950's the need to replicated Eisenhower's unapologetic support for science, education, massive government spending, and record setting taxes for the top 1% of society.

#10 | POSTED BY TOR

Well said !!!

And, Thank You !!!

Oh yeah ...

And, Bless You !!!

NEWSWORTHY !!!

#14 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-02-13 02:36 PM | Reply

"We ran a surplus the first month of the tax cut." - #5 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-13 12:52 PM

A tax surplus of $49 billion.

Meanwhile:

There was a $51 billion surplus in January, 2017 without the tax cut (thanks Obama).
And there was a $55 billion surplus in January, 2016 without the tax cut (thanks Obama).

Your stupidity and lack of curiosity make you the perfect target.

Ever figure out how dates work?

#8 | Posted by Hans at 2018-02-13 01:09 PM | Reply | Flag

New withholding tables did not come out until February 2018, the old tables were working under the old tax law. January is always a surplus month as it is the month where the final payment of 2017 tax estimates are due.

#15 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-13 03:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

One can only hope that McConnell is working to make The Dotard a one-term president. We can't afford any more than that...

#16 | Posted by catdog at 2018-02-13 04:55 PM | Reply

Stupid, ignoramus, hypocritical rightwingers do not need to be told who to blame. They already know. It is all Obama's fault. And anything that cannot be attributed to Obama can be attributed to Pelosi/Schumer. And the scary thing is that most of these ------------ really believe it.

#13 | POSTED BY MODER8 AT 2018-02-13 01:29 PM | FLAG:

And you blamed everything for the last 8 years make that 9 on Bush.

#17 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-14 02:12 PM | Reply

Most Januarys run a surplus as taxpayers are closing out their tax year.

This is a non story.

#18 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2018-02-14 02:17 PM | Reply

"Joined 2005/06/16"
Hilarious. Fishpaw thinks the above means someone joined in 2016. It must be difficult to be that stupid."

FF

"And you blamed everything for the last 8 years make that 9 on Bush.

#17 | POSTED BY FISHPAW"

There is clear causation. That's the primary difference between the right and left; we can actually back up our claims with empirical data. Too bad you idiots take pride in rejecting it.

#19 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-02-14 03:17 PM | Reply

blame everybody, your system is bought and sold to the highest bidder, les jeux sont faits

#20 | Posted by panchovilla at 2018-02-14 07:36 PM | Reply

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