Americans hoping that the new Republican majority in Congress would offer real budget cuts just got sucker-punched by the Republicans, the Libertarian Party chair said yesterday.
“Americans hoping to get real about our national debt just got sucker-punched by Republican Paul Ryan,” said Mark Hinkle in a statement. “Republicans want to spend $40 trillion over ten years. That averages a staggering $4 trillion per year.”
As recently as 2000, federal spending was only about $1.8 trillion. Republicans also want to increase the federal debt from $15.0 trillion to $23.1 trillion.
“I hope our children and grandchildren enjoy paying interest on that extra $8.1 trillion.”
Barbara Howe, state Libertarian Party chair, said she was not surprised.
“When I read Mark’s (Hinkle) comment about being sucker-punched, my first thought was, ‘Yeah, again.’ Why are we surprised that the Republicans are so weak with budget cuts. After all, GOP stands for Good on Promises, Gutless on Performance,” Howe quipped.