That Dang Deficit!

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By Bill Maher

I don’t know why Trump does what he does. My best guess is mad cow disease. But he presented his budget last week and, because he’s a Republican, he’s obliged to imagine a magical date somewhere down the road where the budget will balance. He’s chosen fifteen (15) years down the road, because that’s three years after the end of the world. The deficitwas $714 billion in Trump’s first year. This year, according to the CBO, it’ll be $900 billion. But Republicans have a plan: Sen. David Perdue and Rep. Andy Biggs have introduced a joint resolution declaring the debt a “fiscal crisis.” According to a press release“(D)eficits are unsustainable, irresponsible, and dangerous…” And “it is beyond time for our colleagues in both chambers to become serious about balancing the nation’s budget and recognize this issue as a threat to our national security.”

You can’t say they’re ignoring the debt. It says right here they “recognize” it. Like, “Hey, don’t I know you from somewhere? Aren’t you that debt I caused?”

According to ThinkProgress, five Republican senators and 53 Republican house members have co-sponsored the resolution. That should look good in a campaign flier. They include Joni Ernst, Ben Sasse and Louie Gohmert. All but one of the co-sponsors who were serving at the time also voted for the Trump tax cuts. The cuts are on track to add at least $1.5 trillion to the debt.

That’s some Michael Jackson-level denial. I’m not starting with the man in the mirror. It’s a full-time job to take these people seriously.