Trump tax cuts hiked the deficit, now $1 trillion, so guess what Republicans want for 2020

The 2017 tax cuts produced only a brief sugar high for the economy. America can’t afford Round 2: Our view

In 2017, trying to sell Congress on a $1.5 trillion package of tax cuts, President Donald Trump made some pretty Trumpian predictions.

“The economy now is at 3% (growth),” he said. “Nobody thought it would be anywhere close. I think it could go to 4, 5 and maybe even 6%, ultimately.”

In fact, the economic growth rate that year was not 3% but 2.4%. And with Trump’s sweeping, massive, transformative, awesome, really huge tax cuts, the growth rate in 2018 surged all the way up to — drumroll, please — 2.9%.

That’s right, half a percentage point, and even that uptick was short-lived. Most projections for this year have it back below where it was before enactment of the tax cuts. Next year’s projections range from 2% to outright recession.

Deficit hits $984 billion

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Article URL : https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/11/07/trump-tax-cuts-hiked-deficit-republicans-want-more-editorials-debates/4168022002/

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