Chuck Todd showed a level of personal disgust with the politicians he schmoozed with as he temporarily dropped the false equivalence.
Heitkamp got the layup and she took it.
I had to do a double-take and then immediately record a segment I had no intentions of covering. But if Chuck Todd decides to drop the level of false equivalence he has perfected over the years, I had to cover that news.
Democrats and Republicans are doing the yearly dance that occurs about the debt ceiling when Democrats are in charge. Republicans only think about the debt when others are in control. A case in point is Trump’s debt, as described by the well-written Pro Publica piece, “Donald Trump Built a National Debt So Big (Even Before the Pandemic) That It’ll Weigh Down the Economy for Years,” that everyone must read.
The national debt has risen by almost $7.8 trillion during Trump’s time in office. That’s nearly twice as much as what Americans owe on student loans, car loans, credit cards and every other type of debt other than mortgages, combined, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. It amounts to about $23,500 in new federal debt for every person in the country.
The growth in the annual deficit under Trump ranks as the third-biggest increase, relative to the size of the economy, of any U.S. presidential administration, according to a calculation by a leading Washington budget maven, Eugene Steuerle, co-founder of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. And unlike George W. Bush and Abraham Lincoln, who oversaw the larger relative increases in deficits, Trump did not launch two foreign conflicts or have to pay for a civil war.
Did the Democrats use Trump’s irresponsibility to hold America hostage? No! Why? Because they care and are responsible. But yet, too often, the savage game played by Republican politicians is treated with a disgusting false equivalence. Well, today may have put a small hole in that armor.
“Members of Congress,” Chuck said. “Aren’t you embarrassed by the silliness of this debt limit thing that we go through this shenanigans? Just shame on all of you. Shame! Come on. Particularly Republicans; you’re playing games this time. I know the Democrats play games but enough of this. This is stupid. Enough of it.”
I will take it if more of this is done. Let’s identify the culprits.
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