Apologetic Approval

Published Oct 27, 2017. By David Lerman.

House Republicans were almost apologetic in passing a budget blueprint that they readily conceded was not the one they really wanted.

Gone was their plan for a tax code overhaul that wouldn’t increase the deficit. Ditto their hopes of ordering up at least $203 billion in cuts to entitlement programs over the coming decade to begin curbing red ink.


The blueprint drew scorn from independent budget watchdog groups, which warned it would lead to higher debt. “President Trump and Republican congressional leaders are placing a huge bet that we can borrow our way to prosperity,” said Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan group that advocates fiscal discipline. “The enthusiastic embrace of a $1.5 trillion deficit-financed tax cut is risky business and deeply disappointing.”


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