Steve Daines Keeps Taking While the Debt Keeps Growing

Steve Daines, from his campaign website, when he ran for the House in 2012:

Montanans understand we are in the midst of a debt crisis, and Montanans want to know why we have to balance our budgets and the politicians in Washington don’t? For the sake of our children and grandchildren, we must stand up to the exploding debt the politicians in Washington have created. We must stop this generational theft.

Steve Daines, today, after he and Donald Trump pushed through a massive tax cut that primarily went to people like Steve Daines, leading to a massive expansion of the federal debt:

[painful silence]

CBS News is reporting that the US National Debt has topped $22 trillion for the first time, a number that has grown by over $2 trillion since Trump took office. Even though President Trump promised to eliminate the debt in eight years, the reality is that our rate of debt increase is accelerating even though the economy is relatively strong.

But the ratio of debt-to-GDP has also increased, something that’s unusual in a strong economy. In June 2018, the Congressional Budget Office said in a report that the level of debt as a share of GDP had reached its highest levels since World War II. Michael Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a fiscal policy think tank, said Tuesday’s milestone is only “the latest sign that our fiscal situation is not only unsustainable, but accelerating.

And how has Steve Daines responded?

[prolonged, awkward silence of a Senator afraid of his own constituents]

Whenever Steve Daines demagogues about the debt, whenever he proposes empty gestures like resolutions forbidding members of Congress from collecting their salaries unless they pass a “balanced” budget, remember this: not only has he been silent while President Trump has overseen the escalation of the debt crisis, but he’s enriched himself at the expense of future generations while it’s happened.

No wonder he’s silent.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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