When It Comes to the GOP's Massive Deficit, ‘nobody Cares'

When Mick Mulvaney was a congressman, the House had no bigger deficit hawk. And last fall, while running the Office of Management and Budget, the former South Carolina representative was on a similar kick, warning Congress of “the dire consequences of irresponsible and unnecessary spending.”But a short tenure in Donald Trump’s White House has changed that. While briefing GOP lawmakers before the president’s recent State of the Union speech, acting chief of staff Mulvaney was asked about its absence of any mention of the deficit. His answer: “Nobody cares.”His comment received only passing attention. But nothing so epitomizes the transformation of the GOP under Trump as its abandonment of the traditional Republican interest in curbing federal spending and reducing a deficit that continues to rise, despite the strong economy.  Continue reading...

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