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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

"It's a great irony that not just Paul Ryan but Republicans who claim they care so much about the deficit have now presided over huge increases in the budget deficit," says Chris Van Hollen, now a Maryland senator, who was the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee in 2013, when Ryan was chairman. "It's going to take, unfortunately, a long time to get back on a path to fiscal sustainability, because they just blew another $2 trillion hole in our debt."

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""It's a great irony that not just Paul Ryan but Republicans who claim they care so much about the deficit have now presided over huge increases in the budget deficit," says Chris Van Hollen, now a Maryland senator, who was the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee in 2013, when Ryan was chairman. "It's going to take, unfortunately, a long time to get back on a path to fiscal sustainability, because they just blew another $2 trillion hole in our debt.""

Why is anyone surprised? The Republicans have been doing this since 1980. Only one Republican even tried to slow it down, H.W. Bush. All the rest of the Republicans pretended "deficits don't matter."

#1 | Posted by danni at 2018-12-19 01:02 PM | Reply


From the cited article:

...When Paul Ryan became speaker of the House in 2015, the federal budget deficit was $438 billion. He blamed the "failed policies of President Obama" for budget deficits that had exploded to $1.4 trillion in 2009, the year after the Great Recession, though shortfalls began shrinking in the following years and were continuing to fall as Ryan took the gavel....

Those "failed policies" of fmr Pres Obama are the policies that started and grew a very significant expansion of the economy out of the Great Recession, growth that Pres Trump is currently taking full credit for.

Spkr Ryan was a failure. He failed the main goals he had set out for himself.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-12-19 01:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Paul Ryan leaves behind the stench of the kind of Republican that likes to talk about his grandmother while pushing most grannies offa the cliff.

Now he'll try to take that to the WH. As bad as Trump is, it's because he's a natural born criminal. Ryan is as close to hypocritical political evil as it gets.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2018-12-19 01:08 PM | Reply

It was never about the deficits or the debt.

I was always about where the money goes.

Middle class spending is bad.

1% spending is good.

#4 | Posted by 726 at 2018-12-19 01:25 PM | Reply


@#4 ... It was never about the deficits or the debt.

I was always about where the money goes. ...

How dare you separate words from actions. :)

The words were about deficits and debt.

The actions were a wholesale transfer of wealth to the 1%.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-12-19 01:59 PM | Reply

For a self proclaimed "anti-deficit/debt hawk" , the math and facts say he failed epically! The ultra wealthy love him though for his reverse Robinhood tactics.

#6 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-12-19 08:49 PM | Reply

Debt hawks are debt chickenhawks.

It's always been a ruse to cut social services to pay for tax cuts for the rich.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-12-19 08:56 PM | Reply

Paul Ryan Leaves Behind Big Deficits and Ballooning Debt

Typical Republican

They hate our country, our working class, our strength as a nation.

So they defund our country, cut taxes for the rich, deregulate corporations, divide the nation, spread anger and hate.

This country would be better without them.

#8 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-12-19 09:26 PM | Reply

The deficit hawk turned out to be a deficit hack.

#9 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-12-19 09:29 PM | Reply

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