|There Is No Party For Responsibility|
by Erick Erickson
The Republicans only care about smaller government when a Democrat is in the White House. Democrats never care about it
Credit where it is due, Mick Mulvaney risked the ire of the White House by saying if he were in Congress he'd vote against President Trump's budget. One can only imagine how much worse the budget would be if Mulvaney were not there. This is becoming a recurring theme at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The budgeting and spending would be much worse without Mulvaney in the same way White House staffers acknowledge the chaos would be much worse without General Kelly there.
What is there is chaotic enough and what is there in terms of budgeting is bad enough. The President's budget embraces deficit spending with a fig leaf of savings. Republicans who voted en masse against Barack Obama's trillion dollar infrastructure plan will vote in lock step for Donald Trump's. They will claim it is smaller and will involve private spending. But the private spending is not guaranteed and you and I both know they'd gladly vote for it without the private spending.
Neither party is willing to be a responsible fiscal steward of the nation. The GOP is only interested in smaller government when a Democrat is in the White House and Democrats are never interested in smaller government. The leviathan must always be fed and we are suckers for voting against the leviathan.
Unfortunately, the leviathan feeds China, which grows stronger and more threatening as we grow fiscally less solvent. Every few weeks we also get new word of Russia's growing nuclear armaments. It seems the Russians and Chinese are betting they can bankrupt us as we bankrupted the Soviets. Given the lack of fiscal responsibility exercised by both parties, it is plausible.
Republicans and Democrats alike have failed at being responsible stewards of our national financial resources and it will not just be our children at risk because of it. We will be at risk in this generation. $20 trillion in national debt is a no man's land and no one in Washington has any real interest or incentive seeing that number reduce. President Trump may get an immigration deal, but those immigrants will be moving into a bankrupt nation.