The Long Con of the GOP on the Budget

This is not something the GOP came up with yesterday or last year. This has been the grand strategy — the long con — of the party for decades and beyond: Cut taxes on the wealthy, ballooning the deficit. Then, when the bills come due, sound the siren that social programs for the middle class and the poor are to blame for the red ink and must be cut, cut, cut. The question is whether the jig finally will be up for this switcheroo in 2018, or whether enough of the electorate will be fed up with it to sweep the party from power and let the Democrats have a go.