INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier Republicans in Washington have long touted their fiscal conservatism, but when push comes to shove, it’s now clear that that was a bunch of “BS,” Brian Howey wrote Friday. Pulling no punches, Howey assailed the former deficit hawks for supporting a plan that adds $1.5 trillion to the debt. Coming in for special criticism was Congressman Rokita, who has long said that we can’t grow our way out of debt – and now is getting behind a plan that relies exclusively on that idea.
For years, no, make that decades, we’ve heard Hoosier Republicans from Mike Pence to Luke Messer and Todd Rokita decry the national debt and budget deficits. We’ve gone from a balanced budget when President Clinton left office in 2001 to a deficit of over $1 trillion when President George W. Bush left office in 2009. That’s deficits with a T rather than a B.
On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled Senate passed a budget plan that will add $1.5 trillion in new debt over the next decade. There was nary a peep of criticism from the entire Indiana Republican delegation. So all these years, the deficit hawk stuff was just BS. Back in 2012, Rokita traveled with a power point presentation on the evils of deficits. “The debt hole is too great now that you can’t just grow your way out,” Rokita told the NWI Times.
This is where the “alternative facts” come into play and all the hawks become doves, charging up the federal credit card for the kids and grandkids to grapple with.