Robert J. Samuelson: Trump's fantasy budget

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  • kvs West Jordan, UT
    March 19, 2019 9:45 a.m.

    I see in the comments about this article that some folks believe the Republican Party is committed to balancing the budget and other folks believe the Democratic Party is the one committed to that. I agree with the article itself: Neither party has an ounce of commitment to balancing the budget. And we the voters are to blame. We vote against anyone who tries to cut benefits or to raise taxes. I never dreamed I would wish for a return of Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton, but that was a perverse pairing that actually did balance the budget. I see no similarity in any of our national leaders today. Not Democrats. Not Republicans.

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2019 9:36 a.m.

    Which party, instituted pay as you go rules in the 90's? Sure there were problems with it, but it was Democrats who said increase revenue, or cut spending.

    Which President completely paid for the increase in government spending via the ACA, with new revenues? Yup Obama. Which party gutted those revenues? Yup the Republicans.

    Point is Democrats as a party are willing to look at deficit reduction, and Republicans are simply obsessed with tax reductions.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 15, 2019 9:30 p.m.

    He's the self proclaimed 'king of debt'. On that point, he was correct.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    March 15, 2019 2:10 p.m.

    It's beyond strange that the GOP, the party that shouts "fiscal responsibility" from the rooftops, is the party that is always ready to expand our national budget, put wars on the credit card, and then cut taxes ( mostly for the wealthy ).

    While the Democratic Party, which conservatives try to condemn as "irresponsible" and "socialist" are the ones who actually suggest that we use taxes to pay for the things the Republicans want to spend for.

    Politics is a strange, strange thing . . . .

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 15, 2019 10:06 a.m.

    Trump has never understood the basics of budgets. Not spending more than you have. How do you think he managed to bankrupt 2 casinos? Casinos are like a license to print money, and the "very stable genius" managed to bankrupt his.