French Hill and the other 'balanced budget' hypocrites | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

French Hill and the other 'balanced budget' hypocrites

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 7:38 AM

click to enlarge screen_shot_2018-10-10_at_7.36.40_am.png
Think Progress names Republicans in Congress, including 2nd District Rep. French Hill, who are talking about the need for a balanced budget as they vote for tax cuts that run up the national deficit. It writes:

As the nation watched the Senate Judiciary Committee meet to consider whether to rush through the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, the House Republican majority was quietly passing the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018 — a bill to make the Trump tax cuts for the rich permanent. According to the GOP-controlled Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office, the bill would add another $545 billion to the federal budget deficit over the next decade. This would be on top of the trillions already added to the debt by the original tax bill and the omnibus budget signed by Trump earlier this year.
The votes are a stark contrast to those, such as French Hill, who spoke during his debate appearance with Democrat Clarke Tucker of the need for a constitutional amendment to force a balanced budget. Think Progress cites a long list of Republicans in Congress who say one thing and do another. For example:

Hill says he has “co-sponsored two versions of balanced budget amendments to the U.S. Constitution to bring our spending in line,” and that, “Our children and grandchildren depend on us to solve our debt problem and give them a brighter future.” He voted for both tax cut bills and the omnibus spending bill.

The truly bad news, notes American Bridge, a Democratic political group, is how French HIll would balance the budget if given a chance. It notes his debate remarks:

Hill, a former banking executive who is running for a third term, told the audience that Congress and President Donald Trump should “follow up on how to reform our spending, particularly for mandatory spending programs,” referring to Medicare,Medicaid and  Social Security.

Tucker, who has made protecting Medicare and Social Security a cornerstone of his platform, fired back, saying it would be wrong to balance the budget “on the backs of our seniors who have paid into Social Security and Medicare for their entire lives.”
It's a race with clear issues, American Bridge notes, and they were highlighted by Tucker in the debate on AETN. Hill would cripple the Affordable Care Act and its required insurance coverage for pre-existing illnesses; Tucker would not. Hill favors tax cuts that overwhelmingly flow to the wealthy. Tucker does not. Hill opposes an increase in Arkansas's minimum wage. Tucker supports it.

UPDATE: Indivisible Central Arkansas has issued a scorecard on six issues in the race. Hill flunked all of them. Tucker aced it.

Tags: , , , ,


Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • One dead, two wounded in early morning shooting

    KARK's Susanne Brunner reports that one person has been killed and two wounded in a shooting shortly after 1 a.m. this morning near Roosevelt Road and Cross Street.
    • Apr 17, 2019
  • Reality bites at Little Rock City Hall; spending must be cut

    A followup to Rebekah Hall's earlier report on Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s announcement that cuts will be necessary in the city budget in part to pay for "priorities," such as his desire to expand the police force, but also to deal with the reality often mentioned here of stagnant to decling city sales tax revenue. Some quick ideas on that:
    • Apr 17, 2019
  • Speaking of hard times in newspapers: Democrat-Gazette's move to digital

    Word continues to filter in of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's pullback from statewide circulation of a print daily edition of the newspaper — the latest from the Hot Springs area, just 50 or so miles down the road from Little Rock. Subscribers there were told home delivery of a print paper would end in May.
    • Apr 16, 2019
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Open line

    • As bad as the Mueller report is regarding Trump and obstruction of justice, the report's…

    • on April 18, 2019
  • Re: Open line

    • DJT today--"This hoax. This should never happen to another president again". The report and all…

    • on April 18, 2019
  • Re: Barr bends the truth on Starr precedent

    • Or fisking might be a pun on that old joke about the Unix fsck command.

    • on April 18, 2019

© 2019 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation