"because he won't be around to shoulder the blame when it becomes even more untenable."
To be fair, this has been GOP economic/[political strategery since Irving Kristol and Starve the Beast in the 1980's.... according to Reagan's own Budget Dirs and just about everyone else involved as quoted here:
"According to supply-side economists, the wealthy would use their tax break to spur investment, and the economy would boom. And if it didn't well, to Reagan's cadre of small-government conservatives, the resulting red ink could be a win-win.
"We started talking about just cutting taxes and saying, Screw the deficit,'" Bartlett recalls. "We had this idea that if you lowered revenues, the concern about the deficit would be channeled into spending cuts."
It was the birth of what is now known as "Starve the Beast" a conscious strategy by conservatives to force cuts in federal spending by bankrupting the country.
As conceived by the right-wing intellectual Irving Kristol in 1980, the plan called for Republicans to create a "fiscal problem" by slashing taxes and then foist the pain of reimposing fiscal discipline onto future Democratic administrations who, in Kristol's words, would be forced to "tidy up afterward."
There was only one problem: The Reagan tax cuts spiked the federal deficit to a dangerous level, even as the country remained mired in a deep recession. Republican leaders in Congress immediately moved to reverse themselves and feed the beast.
"It was not a Democrat who led the effort in 1982 to undo about a third of the Reagan tax cuts," recalls Robert Greenstein, president of the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. "It was Bob Dole."
Even Reagan embraced the tax hike, Stockman says, "because he believed that, at some point, you have to pay the bills."
Of course, these days rwingers, the GOP or Trump, have no conscience at all about this strategery,