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GOP senator complains about national debt he helped raise by $2 trillion

Sen. David Perdue loves adding trillions to the national debt when it benefits the rich and powerful.

By Dan Desai Martin - February 28, 2019
Sen. David Perdue (R-GA)

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) helped add $2 trillion to the national deficit when he voted for the GOP tax scam that lavished Wall Street banks with billions in kickbacks.

But even though he happily doled out goodies to corporate benefactors, he’s now complaining about the size of the national debt — and threatening to cut Social Security benefits.

The national debt is the “quintessential crisis of our generation,” Perdue said while attending the far-right Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “It’s the greatest threat to our national security. And President Trump is moving to deal with that.”

But Perdue’s supposed convictions about the importance of the national debt are not evident in his voting record. In 2017, he voted to add almost $2 trillion to the national deficit when he supported the GOP tax scam. That bill helped Wall Street banks haul in record profits, and over the course of 10 years it will hand more than 80 percent of its benefits to the richest 1 percent of Americans.

When Perdue and Republicans were in complete control of Congress for two years, they helped Trump increase the national deficit to record levels, pushing it above $22 trillion for the first time in U.S. history.

Meanwhile, Trump reportedly doesn’t care at all about bankrupting future generations. Trump shrugged off worries about increasing the debt, stating he was unconcerned because “I won’t be here” when the debt becomes untenable.

And how does Perdue plan on dealing with the national debt? In the same interview from CPAC, he attacked earned benefits like social security, Medicare, and Medicaid. He called those programs the largest driver of debt and said he wants to start dealing with those programs.

But Perdue is out of touch with how Americans want to deal with the deficit. According to a 2018 poll, the overwhelming majority of Americans would rather reverse the GOP tax scam (60 percent) to deal with the deficit than reduce Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid (21 percent).

His vote on the tax scam shows he’s just the typical Wall Street-loving, deficit-hiking Republican, despite any claims to the contrary.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

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