Now, you might try to dismiss this as fake news; but it fits in with Trump’s character. Despite talking about making America great again, he seems concerned only with how actions reflect on him today, with no interest in tomorrow. Which is a pretty good way to make America mediocre.
Just ask Kansas. After Sam Brownback was elected governor in 2010, he presided over the largest tax cuts in state history and promised “a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy.” Instead, it was more like a shot to the head. According to The Hill, an analysis at the University of Wisconsin found that “economic growth in Kansas fell well below its pre-Brownback trend and, by the spring of 2017, the rate of job growth in Kansas was not only lower than the rates in most of its neighboring states but less than half of the national average.”
So, naturally, early this year Republicans repeated the experiment on a national scale. Unemployment has remained low and the economy has remained robust, but the national debt is expanding at a record pace and nearing $22 trillion despite strong economic growth.
Debt is a concern
Which leads to questions about what kind of Kool-Aid they are serving in Congress. During an interview with The Columbian’s Editorial Board before she was elected to a fifth term, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, said, “What we see right now is we have more taxpayers with bigger paychecks and a more stable economy paying down the debt.” Um, we must have missed the memo about paying down the debt.
As Romina Boccia wrote last week for The Heritage Foundation: “In some sense, the national debt and its drivers represent the most predictable crisis in U.S. history. … The consequences are far-reaching, from higher interest rates to lower economic growth, and the potential for a severe fiscal crisis and a reduced ability to meet national security demands to keep America and its allies safe.”
Add that to Trump’s protectionist tariff policies, and the economic boom appears fragile. Tariffs have hampered Washington’s agriculture and construction industries. Farm bankruptcies in the Midwest are rapidly increasing, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. And Clark County businesses are seeing a price jump from vendors.
We hope this doesn’t end in disaster. Rooting for President Trump to fail would be akin to hoping the plane you are on flies into a mountain because you don’t like the pilot. But it sure seems that we could use some Republicans with a conscience in Washington, D.C.