Mitch McConnell Eyes Entitlements After Tax Cuts Failed to Pay for Themselves

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the budget deficit "disturbing."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) | Wikimedia Commons

Here’s the most predictable quote in the world from a Republican who doesn’t give a damn about the deficit, except as an excuse to justify gutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

(Bloomberg) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the U.S. budget deficit is "disturbing" and spending on entitlement programs must be addressed by both Republicans and Democrats.

— Brian Chappatta (@BChappatta) October 16, 2018

Remember that massive tax cut McConnell forced through last year? Remember how he said "I not only don't think it will increase the deficit, I think it will be beyond revenue neutral"? "In other words, I think it will produce more than enough to fill that gap," he said. He lied. Because that’s what McConnell does. He lies. Everybody knew this was coming. Every economist and budget analyst in the nation predicted a ballooning of the deficit with that tax cut, and those of us who have been paying attention to Republicans for decades know what that means.

Because we know that Republicans don’t give a damn about the deficit. They do give a damn about gutting social insurance programs. They love their tax cuts for the rich, and having justification for destroying the nation’s most successful and popular programs is the icing.

The DSCC sends this response:

“Every Republican Senate candidate is on the hook for Mitch McConnell’s plan to cut Medicare and Social Security. First it was jeopardizing pre-existing conditions coverage, then it was pursuing an age tax that would charge older Americans more for care, and now it’s targeting the benefits Americans have paid into. This platform is disqualifying, and just like taking away coverage for pre-existing conditions, it's exactly what GOP candidates don't want to be talking about weeks before the election.”

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