For all of the small business owners out there who are still Republicans because you believe in “fiscal responsibility” and “fiscal conservatism,” let’s stop the charade right now. There is nothing about Trump or the current Republican leadership in Congress that is either “fiscally responsible” or “fiscally conservative.”
If Republican leaders are no longer standing for these principles, just what do they support? We won’t go directly to white supremacy because at least a handful would not put that on the party platform. So, let’s examine where the current Republican-controlled Congress is focusing their efforts:
• Fooling with the Debt Ceiling that could very easily lead to default (which may be the single costliest things Congress could do). It is also one of the most irresponsible and damaging actions our Congress could take.
• Unnecessary increases in military spending, with even the military leaders suggesting they do not need this kind of increase.
• An unnecessary and untenable border wall (where we already have one and where one won’t work). Economists conservatively estimate such a wall along our southern border would cost U.S. taxpayers roughly 2.4 billion dollars, according to CNBC reports. And that estimable is only for about one-third of the projected wall. And no, Mexico will not pay for it. For anyone who bothered to read the released transcript of Trump’s phone conversation with the Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Trump did not come off as a dealmaker. In fact, he begged Pena Nieto not to tell journalists of Mexico’s resolve never to pay for the wall.
• Tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans who could easily pay their fair share and never even notice it. Just in case you are interested, a salary for an oil and gas CEO in this country tops $130,000,000 in salary alone. Before Trump oddly named Rex Tillerson Secretary of State, Tillerson was on the low end of salaries with a little over $28 million annually in salary (never mind the perks). And those figures were recorded two years ago!
• Tax cuts for corporations raking in the most grotesque profits in their (and our) history
Consider the Head of the House Freedom Caucus Marks Meadows’ recent statements about the National debt: “But does it [tax cuts] have to be fully offset? My personal response is ‘no.’” It would appear the idea of a balanced budget, a bringing down the deficit is not a priority or even an interest of the most conservative Republicans in Congress anymore.
The Conservative Meadows is not alone. Following the Republican candidates’ debates in the campaign for president in 2016, Fortune magazine noted, “The Republican Debate Made Clear There Are No Fiscal Conservatives in Sight.” After listening to the spend and burn conservatives on the Republican stage, Writer Cyrus Sanati went on to state of the Republican candidates for president, “none has presented a realistic and cogent plan that encourages economic growth while reigning in spending.”
If business owners want to continue to support Republican candidates, they should at least admit that other reasons for doing so that have absolutely nothing to do with fiscal responsibility. Time for at least this one, of many, deceptions about the Republican Party to be exposed.
Nancy Avery Dafoe
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