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Fiscal Conservatives Gone… Replaced by “Austerians” Who Want to Cut Safety Nets

January 9, 2017

David Leonardt’s column in today’s NYTimes, “The Betrayal of Fiscal Conservatism“,  describes the demise of that group of legislators and their replacement by a similar-sized group whose “…top priority is instead reducing taxes on the affluent. If they can’t find budget cuts to match their tax cuts — especially because many budget cuts are unpopular with voters — today’s top Republicans will instead cut taxes anyway and allow the deficit to grow.”

 I think Mr. Leonardt missed the point in his critique. This group’s intent on ballooning the deficit is part one of a two part strategy: Part One is to increase the deficit through tax cuts and the privatization of public projects and public services— like schools. Part Two is to shred the funding for “entitlements” and the “safety net” once the deficit is “out of control” in an effort to achieve their ultimate goal, which is to make the government so small it can be drowned in a bathtub.  Once their mischief is complete, the only “solution” will be tax increases and an expansion of government… and no one will run on a platform that requires that kind of compromise.

 

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