Rep. Grothman Loves, Hates Deficit
GOP Congressman leads in tax-supported newsletters and contradictions on the deficit.
It isn’t exactly breaking news to discover a logic deficit in the official world of Glenn Grothman – – see Grothman, money or Grothman, parenting- – but when the deficit actually has to do with deficits, notice must be taken.
You may have seen the story about Grothman spending about three times as much on taxpayer-paid newsletters than the average spent by others in the WI House of Representatives delegation.
The story is worth a read if for no other reason than seeing Glenn justify, in part, his big spending of taxpayer money on newsletters because he says he’s being outspent in his race for re-election by someone who has more money than does he.
Such unfairness has never been visited on anyone running against a wealthier Republican, like, say, Jim Sensenbrenner or Paul Ryan, but let’s get back to Glenn’s deficit thinking by consulting his e-newletters.
Specifically, in this recent newsletter paen to Paul Ryan, there was this – – “As Speaker, possibly his greatest achievement was ushering in the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act…”
Then followed by these paragraphs:
We are $21 trillion in debt.
That is more than $65,000 for every man, woman and child in America. The reckless government spending today will be a burden to our children and grandchildren tomorrow.
With that in mind, the House brought H.J.Res. 2 to the floor for a vote. This bill proposed the idea of adding an amendment to our Constitution stating that for each fiscal year, government spending could not be greater than revenue.
Unfortunately for our country, the vast majority of Democrats voted against this resolution, striking it down. Voting no on this bill was in essence voting yes for more debt, more partisanship and kicking the can down the road.
I voted voted yes on H.J.Res. 2 and no on the recently passed omnibus because we desparately [Sic] need to get our fiscal house in order.
Somehow Grothman missed the deficit-exploding implications of Ryan’s tax bill as reported by the business magazine Forbes:
Paul Ryan’s Most Lasting Legacy: Permanent Trillion-Dollar Deficits
He’s not going to be in office when they start to happen, but Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) most lasting legacy as speaker of the House of Representatives will be as the person who enabled permanent trillion-dollar deficits in the United States.
Ryan’s announcement today that he would not seek reelection came less than 48 hours after the Congressional Budget Office released a report that for the first time officially confirmed what private sector analysts have been saying for months: Because of last year’s big tax cut and this year’s big spending increase, even in good economic times the federal deficit will be very close to $1 trillion in 2019, will reach $1 trillion in 2020 and will exceed $1 trillion every year through at least 2028.
Ryan not only made all this happen, he is taking a great deal of satisfaction from having done it. He specifically cited the tax bill during his announcement today as one of his proudest accomplishments.