Donald Trump’s new budget “puts the final nail in the tea-party coffin“. At first, you may think you should thank Donald Trump for finally getting rid of those pesky tea party politicians. However, there was nothing wrong with the stated goals of the tea party, the problem was that they were actually absolute hypocrites.
The “Tea Party” was formed to protest the huge and rising US national debt. The problem was that they suddenly decided to protest this, not when Saint Reagan raised the debt, or when both the Bush presidents raised the debt, they suddenly became fiscal conservatives just when Barack Obama got elected in the middle of a deep recession and (wisely) decided that government spending was the only way out of it (which worked).
The Tea Party was furious when Obama raised government spending by 3% during his first term in order to fix our cratering economy. But now, Trump is on track to raise government spending by 4%. Why is Trump raising spending when the economy (thanks Obama!) is doing just fine? And after Trump’s big tax cut for corporations and rich people?
During his campaign, Trump promised to pay off the national debt in eight years. He has already raised the national debt by $2 trillion, and he isn’t even done with his first (and hopefully only) term yet.
So are any tea partiers screaming this time? Hah! Let’s see, how about Ted Cruz, who was a leading voice in the tea party and strongly opposed raising the debt ceiling while Obama was in office? His response when asked about this? “Just call our press office“.