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Are Republicans no longer the party of fiscal conservatism?

During Obama's presidency, Republicans constantly complained about the national debt and deficit spending, but since Trump took office, they haven't made a peep. Between Republican hypocrisy on the deficit and Trump's insistence on a high-cost border wall, many believe Republicans are no longer the party of fiscal conservatism. But Rand Paul recently called out his colleagues and insisted the GOP remain fiscally conservative, even when a fellow Republican is in the White House. What do you think? 

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During Obama's presidency, Republicans obsessed over the national debt and deficit spending, but since President Trump took office, Republicans haven't made a peep. The GOP passed a tax bill that will add a tremendous amount to the deficit, and haven't pushed back with any strength against Trump's expensive and frivolous border wall.

Republicans spent the early years of the recovery obsessed with the national debt, castigating Democrats for their supposed irresponsibility, warning about the dangers of the almighty bond market, and helping to construct complicated mechanisms to slash federal outlays. They are now spending what might very well be the late years of the recovery ignoring it, having passed a tax plan that will add more to the debt than President Obama’s stimulus package did and having forgotten their once-urgent plans to make cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

This has many wondering: is the Republican Party no longer the party of fiscal conservatism? A party that once touted it's hawkish approach to the budget seems to have completely abandoned those commitments as long as it means giving tax breaks to the rich. 

It is cynical, it is hypocritical, it is Washington. But it also reflects a profound change in policymakers’ understanding of deficits and debt. Maybe it is not that Republicans should be more obsessed with the debt now. Maybe it is that nobody in Washington should have been so obsessed with the deficit back then.

The fact of the matter is, Republicans no longer complain about the deficit because they never cared about it in the first place. The GOP is no longer the party of fiscal responsibility, they are the party of hypocrisy.

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But not everyone believes the Republican Party has abandoned its commitments to fiscal conservatism. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) delayed the vote on a budget deal and called out his fellow Republicans for their hypocrisy toward fiscal conservatism. Paul argued Republicans must always be fiscally responsible, not just responsible when a Democrat is in office.

"We were very, very critical of President Obama's deficits, you know, approaching a trillion dollars in a year. We talked endlessly about them we had 100,000 people rally on the [National] Mall in Washington. And I'm still against deficit spending; just because Republicans are doing it, doesn't make it any better.”

Paul explained fiscal responsibility doesn't mean Republican's need to be categorically against spending--and defended his vote on the GOP tax bill--but rather argued Republicans should be smarter about their spending. Fiscal conservatism isn't dead, it just needs an adjustment. 

"I think one of the questions the Republicans, I think, are not willing to ask themselves is, can you be fiscally conservative and be for unlimited military spending? [Republicans are] unwilling to confront that they want more, more, more for military spending and so to get that they have to give the Democrats what they want, which is more and more and more for domestic spending."
"We're spending 50 billion dollars a year. And if the president really is serious about infrastructure, a lot of that money could be spent at home. Instead of building bridges and schools and roads in Afghanistan or in Pakistan."
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Are Republicans no longer the party of fiscal conservatism?
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#GOPStillConservative