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Reader's View: Republicans running on deceptions, lies

Despite what Trump supporters say, most economists agree we needed massive deficit spending to ward off an even worse economic cataclysm.

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Most voters usually decide that jobs and the economy are paramount issues. So, after President Joe Biden spent lots of money on infrastructure and other economic boosts, many Republicans blamed inflation on Biden’s spending.

But not so fast! President Donald Trump wasn’t much different.

The national debt rose by almost $7.8 trillion under Trump’s watch, the third-largest such increase in history (relative to the size of the economy), as the Washington Post reported in January 2021. Trump was topped only by Presidents George W. Bush and Abraham Lincoln, who presided during two horrific foreign wars and a civil war respectively. When Trump lowered taxes and companies bought back their own stock to artificially elevate the market, the bottom fell out.

According to FactCheck.org: “the unemployment rate stood at 3.5% in February 2020, the lowest since December 1969. During the pandemic, the unemployment rate peaked at 14.8% in April 2020, the highest since BLS (the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) began tracking the figure in 1948.” Much of the rapid decline was caused by Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic.

Despite what Trump supporters say, most economists agree we needed massive deficit spending to ward off an even worse economic cataclysm. However, even before the pandemic occurred, our economy was already in dire straits following Trump’s borrowing and tax cuts. Then, COVID-19 caused the supply chain to fail. By the Trump administration’s own description, the pre-pandemic national debt level was already a “crisis” and a “grave threat.” When COVID-19 arrived in full force, Trump OK’d $2.3 trillion in emergency stimulus checks.

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Yet now Republicans want to blame the continuing rise in consumer prices on too much spending by Biden? Republicans, thy very name denotes defections and misinformation!

Peter W. Johnson

Superior

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