<after spending like drunken sailors on shore leave>
"woah guys look at all this debt!" https://t.co/0X3ZvidYN5
— Will's Media Reform School #DoBetter ⚖️ 🌻 (@bywillpollock) September 21, 2021
(this post has updates below including a screen-grab from intrepid Twitter follower MTMama3Skullz)
Only “fuzzy math” that matters today is republicans as spending hawks.
They are not.
To present day, national media launders Qpubs’ reputation as “principled handlers of wallets” but in actuality they spend like drunken sailors if given even slightest bit of power.
— Will's Media Reform School #DoBetter ⚖️ 🌻 (@bywillpollock) July 30, 2021
They can’t govern. They have no interest in governing. Never did. All they want to do is make donors richer and make sure they skim off some for themselves.
☑️ Sinema's annual salary: $174,000
☑️ 3-week internship: $1,117.40
☑️ access to private equity: priceless pic.twitter.com/00wfvsT2GF
— Will's Media Reform School #DoBetter ⚖️ 🌻 (@bywillpollock) September 28, 2021
To be fair some Dems are guilty of that as well.
But this post is about GOP, which, again, should be charged as racketeering-criminal enterprise. They are, once again, holding America hostage with debt ceiling if they don’t get their way. But, weirdly, they have a long track record of ballooning spending all on their own. (Data via ThoughtCo’s Tom Murse)
– raised debt ceiling 17 times effectively tripling debt-ceiling to $2.8T
– raised debt ceiling 4 times representing an increase of $1.345 trillion or 48 percent
– put 2 botched invasions on America’s credit card and also raised debt ceiling seven times which nearly doubled the ceiling, to $11.315 trillion. Dubya & Co. never bothered to offset Medicare Part D spending, either, which called for “spending hundreds of billions in perpetuity” as Slate’s Jonathan Cohn wrote in 2013. (Writer’s note: Lying-Liar Republicans, with lots of help from news media, rehabbed the party’s image so that they would still be seen as spending hawks.)
– The Former Guy raised debt ceiling twice but he had Steve Mnuchin and other operatives running plays behind-the-scenes so that number means nothing
TFG’s number of debt-ceiling raises are lower simply because his thieving conspirators suspended debt ceiling for TWO FULL YEARS so they could complete their drunken spending while everyone was distracted by his and fixers’ criminal behavior.
Illegally installed NYC mafia person presided* over fastest national-debt increase in history… see ThoughtCo graphic above for more.
(*Tr_mp doesn’t preside over anything because he has no core values and doesn’t read)
“McConnell and Republicans are counting on Americans not understanding what the debt ceiling is — that’s the only way this scam can work,” writes Bruce Bartlett for Washington Post (emphasis mine):
In power though? Drunken sailors on shore leave. Republicans literally hate anything that’s good for the country because, each time, beneficial public policy exposes them as frauds.
Taking victory laps on laws they railed against tells you everything you need to know. 🔴
The 2009 stimulus could have been bigger and better and done more good if it hadn't been arbitrarily chopped down in size to get a few extra Republican votes. pic.twitter.com/M6GxBgNakp
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) February 2, 2021
UPDATE (28 September 2021): Moscow Mitch has the nerve.
UPDATE 2 (28 Sept 2021): Boiling this down for folks just tuning in: national-news media keeps pretending like GOP isn’t a failed criminal cult. True for debt-ceiling fight and everything else: frauds.
GQP pretending like last 5 years wasn’t an organized crime spree
— Will's Media Reform School #DoBetter ⚖️ 🌻 (@bywillpollock) May 29, 2021
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