– -Opinion | Democrats- Debt and Double Standards – By Paul KrugmanThe New York Times

By Paul Krugman
Opinion Columnist

Feb. 11, 2019

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Deficit scolds were mute in 2017 when the Democratic congressional leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi fought the Republican tax cuts.
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Deficit scolds were mute in 2017 when the Democratic congressional leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi fought the Republican tax cuts. CreditCreditTom Brenner/The New York Times
Much of Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was devoted to describing the menaces he claims face America — mainly the menace of scary brown people, but also the menace of socialism. And there has been a lot of discussion in the news media of what he said on those topics.

There has, however, been little coverage of one of the most revealing aspects of the SOTU: what Trump said about the menace of America’s historically large government debt.

But wait, you may object — he didn’t say anything about debt. Indeed he didn’t — not one word. But that’s what was so revealing.

After all, Republicans spent the entire Obama administration inveighing constantly about the dangers of debt, warning that America faced a looming crisis unless deficits were drastically reduced. Now that they’re in power, however — and with the deficit surging thanks to a huge tax cut for corporations and the rich — they’ve totally dropped the subject.”