At the beginning of every session of Congress, Bob Goodlatte introduces “balanced budget” amendments to the Constitution while piously declaring his opposition to imposing crush debts on future generations.
So on the surface, it’s rather odd that Goodlatte was so enthusiastic about President Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday.
Never mind for the moment Trump’s ridiculous promise to come up with a health care plan to provide better insurance at a lower cost to everyone currently covered through Obamacare. Or his cynical effort to equate immigration with crime, even though immigrants to the US have a lower crime rate than native-born Americans.
How does Goodlatte expect Trump to fulfill the promises in his speech to massively increase military spending, create a huge infrastructure program and cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy without exploding the deficit?
Based on past history, the answer is that Goodlatte doesn’t expect anything of the sort. And he really doesn’t care. His vaunted fiscal conservatism only seems to kick in when a Democrat happens to be president.