Republicans are making a mockery of their reputations

I’m old enough to remember when the Republican Party was pro-FBI, pro-morality and anti-deficits. What a startling turnaround. Now Republicans are issuing venomous and cretinous attacks on the FBI that make a mockery of their reputation as the party of “law and order.” They are unwilling to condemn a president whose lawyer allegedly paid off a porn actress, who endorsed an alleged child molester for the Senate and who tolerated aideswho allegedly beat their wives, making a mockery of their reputation as the party of “family values.” And they are going on a spending and tax-cut binge that makes a mockery of their reputation as the party of fiscal discipline.

We are a long way removed from 1953 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “There must be balanced budgets before we are again on a safe and sound system in our economy.” We are even a long way removed from 2013 when Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) warned that debt “will weigh down our country like an anchor,” and from 2016 when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.) said that “this level of national debt is dangerous and unacceptable.”

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