The Babylon Bee captured the current state of the Republican Party in all of its hypocritical glory. The satirical website proclaimed “Republicans announce plan to pretend to be fiscally conservative again the moment a Democrat takes office.”
The GOP said it would begin to decry deficit spending and the $20 trillion debt in order to win votes as soon as political power swung back to the opposing party.
“‘The second a Democrat is back in the White House, we will once again start yelling about fiscal responsibility,’ Speaker Paul Ryan said in an address to the House of Representatives Friday. ‘For now, we will continue to vote for unsustainable and irresponsible budgets that your children’s children’s children will pay for for centuries to come.’”
The Bee was poking fun at the budget passed by the GOP Congress last week – the budget that added some $300 billion in deficit spending and raised the mythical debt ceiling. According to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, $300 billion in additional spending will ensure the annual budget deficit will exceed $1 trillion in 2019.
In his podcast Friday, Peter Schiff made the exact same point.
If you really were against the deficits when Obama was president, then why aren’t you doing something to rein them in when Trump is president? Why are you actually voting in even bigger deficits now than the ones you opposed when you were the minority? And this is all hypocrisy. I’ve said this all along – that the Republicans are only fiscal conservatives when they’re in the minority and they can’t do anything about it. But the minute you turn over government to Republicans, they can run up the debt even faster than the Democrats.”
Peter noted that the US Treasury Department plans to auction off about $1.4 trillion in Treasuries this year to finance all of this spending. That raises an interesting question: Who is going to buy all this paper? The last time the Treasury sold more than $1 trillion in bonds, the Federal Reserve was buying. Supposedly, the Fed is now in the process of shrinking its balance sheet. In fact, the Fed plans to allow billions in bonds to mature and fall off its books. That means the government will have to sell even more Treasuries to make up that difference.