Chaffetz: The GOP Spending Bill Show Republicans Have Lost All Credibility On Debts And Deficits [VIDEO]

“Republicans have lost every single bit of credibility on the idea that they care at all about debts and deficits. They can talk all they want, but when they had the chance to do it, they caved and they spent so much money it’s stunning.” – Former GOP House rep turned Fox bloviator Jason Chaffetz, ranting this morning on Fox Business. The spending bill was opposed by the far-right House Freedom Caucus and Sen. Rand Paul, who staged a 90-minute rant about the bill from the Senate floor last night.

  • JT

    Chaffetz, go back to a nice glass of piss served on your golden plates.

  • Bryan

    Fine he’s not in the House anymore, but whatever, he totally would have been front and center during all this.

    • canoebum

      If Hillary had been in the White House he would have stayed. He has nothing positive to offer, he can only tear things down.

      • bkmn

        That is the case for most of the GOP.

        • jeffg166

          It’s the only thing they have. Discredit everyone. Now they only have each other to discredit.

      • Librarykid

        With his face, he can kill things with one glance, or as my mother used to say, a face that would stop an 8 day clock.

  • Lars Littlefield

    I suddenly have a nose bleed. Thanks JMG.

    • Joe in PA

      Didn’t you mean “Thanks, Obama”? 🙂

  • geoffalnutt

    It’s the mob. They don’t care about governing. They want the money.

  • bkmn

    Republicans lost all credibility a long time ago.

    • kaydenpat

      Exactly. This is just one more example of that.

    • Tom Furgas

      We progressives knew they were full of shit all along.

    • Suckage.

      Seeing them all acting like they didn’t know this was going to happen is like seeing a child with chocolate on his lips deny eating the last piece of cake. Stop acting like you’re surprised, asshole, you helped this happen. You own this.

      • Librarykid

        Like Joe Scarborough.

    • VodkaAndPolitics

      That’s what I was going to say… “Republicans Have Lost All Credibility {Period}”

    • Ron Robertson

      Was just gonna say he could stop at “credibility,” all the rest is unnecessary.

    • Librarykid

      Jason speaks the truth for once. As for the party, there will always be a place for hate, bigotry, greed and xenophobia. They just might have a little more trouble raising money among the more educated of their followers who care about fiscal responsibility–aw, who am I kidding. Like flies to cow pies, their followers will always be with them. If the economy does go berserk from their greedy robbery of the national treasure, they might take a hit in the short term, but history shows that the nation has a very short memory and a deep vein of hate and bigotry which work in the GOP’s favor.

  • The_Wretched

    I have to say I’m surprised to hear about debts and deficits with Republican across the board control. Typically, it only comes out when Dems have control and mysteriously is never ever mentioned by the Republicans when they have power.

    I expect that they’ll lock it down within a week though.

  • teeveedub

    A fine time to attempt to have integrity, Jason – long after you could have demonstrated it when it would have actually meant something.

  • pj

    so now they start whining about the deficit again so they can start cutting medicaid, medicare etc. start with repealing the tax cut moron. we couldnt afford the big payday for your donors in the first place.

    • Joe in PA

      But will the sheeple ever wake up to that? They caused this.

      • jeffg166


    • CanuckDon

      Watching Maddow last night, I learned that the US military is the largest employer IN THE WORLD….so maybe they could look at doing a little cutting there.

      • pj

        they never stopped funding the military at cold war levels even when the cold war was over. its another scam to make their military industrial complex pals rich.

        • TCinBerkeley

          And cushy well-paying jobs to land at.

  • Bambino

    Is he auditioning for the Celebrity Big Brother?

  • DN

    Just fuck off already, Jason.

    • Gregory B

      Thank you DN.

  • Joe in PA

    And yet, he would have signed it. Go away.

  • Michael R
  • Bambino

    Dear Mueller please set up a reality show call Celebrity Republicans. Just air it 24/7. Save a lot of time on interrogation.

  • William

    Chaffetz was the first rat to jump ship. Did he get a glimpse of his Kompromat file?

  • clay

    “What is your political party affiliation, now?”

    • Bambino

      Always the party of $$$$$.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        No, that’s their God.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    What, he didn’t make like the lady mouthpiece on CNN this morning and say that the only way we were gonna get this under control is to give the GOP a 60-40 advantage in the Senate?

    (She also cited the “Democrat majority” in the Senate.)

  • JWC

    Lets just leave it as the the “GOP has lost every single bit of credibility” and stop there

    • Beat me to it.

      • JWC

        I believe it is a very common thought

  • Gerry Fisher

    Note to Democrats: don’t let them pivot to “we have to take care of the deficit” without tying them to the budget busting tax cuts they passed last December.

    • DaddyRay
      • I have very impure thoughts about Jensen Ackles. Can I get an Amen?

        • kcken

          Ramen. He’s adorable.

        • Rambie

          I want more than one a men!

    • JackFknTwist

      “We must take care of the deficit by restructuring Social Security and Health Care and all those horrible entitlements that poor people get.”
      – Paul Ryan, the original plan.

    • another_steve

      Unfortunately, the average attention span of the average American is five nanoseconds. Down the road, when the Republicans start screaming about the deficit, this past December’s tax cuts will be ancient and long-forgotten history.

    • kcken

      Under Bush, War funding was done thru monthly appropriations. Obama added that total to the correct column. The result? They accused him of running up the national debt. Successfully.

      Even at the end of the Bush term, some of the GOP were admitting that they had spent like drunken sailors, but that was soon shoved onto Obama as well.

      I don’t expect it will be any different this time. The GOP is as good at marketing as Apple.

  • Mike C

    Republicans have *never* reduced deficits. Absolutely never.

  • Blake J Butler

    Correction: They can never lose, what they’ve never HAD to begin with.

  • BearEyes

    Try to keep up, Chaffey boy
    The gop has zero cred on debt since at least ray-gun

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    OT: You’ve got to see the fight Joy and Meghan McCain had on the View today. Probably the hottest since Rosie and the Hasselblecch.

    • clay

      I’m glad SOMEONE brought up Trump’s abuse of women.
      Just like the people she’s complaining about, McCain dismisses accusations of abuse and of racism, UNLESS SHE SEES THE PICS. How does she get her hair like that when it’s buried in the sand?

    • jimbo65

      McCain is so delusional. After her old man croaks she’ll use that as a shield, “How dare you attack me. I’m a (grieving) wonan.

      • Librarykid

        Her father was instrumental in preventing or at least delaying the establishment of Martin Luther King’s birthday as a national holiday. “Don’t call him a racist” my ass. Face it, she is on the show for theater and no other reason. She should be worried about getting a hernia for carrying so much water for Republicans.

      • TCinBerkeley

        She doesn’t even like Trump and yet she continually carries water for this Admin on the show! WTF?

        I had hope that, like Ana Navarro, she would be a Republican voice against Trump, but nope.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Dear Adam,

    As far as fiscal responsibility goes, you’re a bit late to the party, and your frock has some nasty stains.

    The Republican Party hasn’t been interested in fiscal responsibility since Ronnie Raygun.

  • Boreal

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  • BeaverTales

    Republicanism is a delusional belief system…like most other Religions, it only works when you close your eyes, shove your fingers in your ears and pretend the gibberish you spew to drown out Reason and legitimate questioning actually makes sense to anyone outside of your own brainwashed cult.

  • Galvestonian

    Yeah, I can still the Republicans moaning and boning during the Obama Administration about debt and deficits …” oh it’s terrible, horrible, oh the humanities, ladies and gentlemen, I just can’t watch, I think I’m having an attack of the vapors, oh my stars … Yankees ! Yankees in Georgia ! Who let them in ? Uncle Peter … my smelling salts … ohhh, ohh, oooohhhh … Democrat spending is out of control … oh my ! “

    • jimbo65

      And they had no qualms about repeatedly wasting taxpayers dollars on the bogus Bengahzi and email “scandals”.

  • Uncle Mark

    They lost that credibility during the W Bush years. These were the guys who voted for two wars AND cut taxes, because the “much improved” economy would make up for the tax cuts. This was followed by Darth Cheney announcing that “deficits don’t matter.” Then after crashing the economy in 2008, the Republicans were literally saying, “Sorry, we got outta control there. We learned our lesson. Please vote for us. We’ll do better this time.”

    …And here we are again, 10 years later with the GOP in charge again…doing the SAME DAMNED THING !! Republicans only care about budgets & deficits when the Democrats are in charge. You can even see that during the Clinton years, as well.

    They also lost the “party of family values” argument the moment they made their Faustian bargain with Trump. He has totally robbed them of that illusion, as well.

    • Menergy

      Exactly on target, precise, and true!

  • FAEN

    And you’re just coming to this conclusion NOW?

    • BobSF_94117

      Every time the GOP busts a budget, someone makes this claim that now the GOP has stopped caring. The truth is they haven’t cared about debt for decades. This incident will quickly fade and the next time we’ll get the same folks saying now the GOP….

      • FAEN

        My comment was more for Chaffetz than the rest of us.

  • Nic Peterson

    Looks like the reprograming took. He should start sounding like David Frum any minute now. He’s waving goodbye to the tea folk and they aren’t smart enough to get the joke.

  • It Takes a Village, People
  • Cuberly Deux

    Sooooo the joke is he thought the GOP had credibility to begin with?

  • Hank

    “Republicans have lost every single bit of credibility on the idea that they care at all about debts and deficits.

    • Hank

      They are taking their Tax Plan Money and running…. away from Congress!!!

  • Uncle Mark

    Just fuck off, you traitorous, Brillo-haired rat !!

  • RJ Bone

    Piss off, weasel. You’re only afraid of consequences now that you don’t have any (perceived) power.

    You’ll stab us in the back, once we turn around.

  • Can’t lose what you’ve never had.

    Reagan began the scam, and over the decades the cult of cutting taxes while increasing spending began. One of the untold goals, of course, was to ensure certain parts of the gov’t would be expanded massively under GOP majority governments (mainly military, but also corporate welfare), but as soon as Dems took control, they’d hammer on deficits so that it would be nigh impossible ever to expand social programs.

    What they just did in December and last night is no different.

  • rapepublicans have NEVER had any credibility on this issue. anyone who thinks they ever did is an uneducated fool. the entire party, at this point, is made up of rapists, appeasers and apologists. to vote for one of them is to vote for the party of rape.

    i can tell this is going to be a difficult day for me as a blog reader. it’s the weekend and i just wanted to catch up on some sites i haven’t been to in a while. so far, every one of them has a story relating to sexual assault as a top post. i know some will say, “just turn it off and go watch a movie about unicorns” but i can’t do that. I Must Rant. because there are rape victims out there who skim and lurk and don’t yet know what i do.

    which is simply: you CAN escape. you don’t have to put up with it. husband, father, neighbor, boss, stranger- it doesn’t matter. if you ever need me, my comment history is public and you can find my contact info. or just respond. i am so totally serious about this. no one should live in the slavery that physical abuse creates. no one, not even you, no matter what your “sin.”

  • Jay Silversmith

    Is this the same Chaffetz that spent $7 million on never-ending Benghazi hearings now whining about deficits? The irony completely escapes him.

  • Pip

    Oh, that was lost a LONG time ago.

  • Ninja0980

    They never had any.

  • Luther Kreiger

    Wow, you noticed 30 years too late, but that’s better than the republican average on a lot of things, I guess.

  • If anyone had any doubts about the Republicans’ “fiscal responsibility,” that went when they gave their billionaire donors a trillion dollars of our money (you know, what they called “tax reform”).

    • Librarykid

      It’s just a matter of understanding to whom they are responsible. On the campaign trail it is ignorant religious bigots who supply the votes. When they get elected, it is to the money that calls the shots.

  • Dot Beech

    Damn, I hate finding any point of agreement with Jason Chaffetz.

  • Gustav2

    Dude, that happened in the 1980’s.

  • JackNasty

    No one has contributed to the GOP’s lack of credibility more than Jason Chaffetz has.

  • Michael

    It’s insane men who had zero issues adding two trillion to our deficit can say crap like this with a straight face.

    • Menergy


  • -M-

    You never had any credibility and if you had you would have lost it with the tax scam.

  • Jmdintpa

    Well now that we got that out in the open…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  • 2patricius2

    No, it’s not the spending bill that shows this Congress doesn’t care about debts and deficits. It was the tax scam bill.

    • Gianni

      Agreed. That has the major impact on the spending bill. Not enough tax dollars coming in and too much of a reduced income being spent – hello major deficits and tremendous increase in the national debt. For a party that has long touted fiscal responsibility and bitched royally about Obama increasing the National Debt by a trillion dollars, they have deliberately done the same thing. Now they’re bitching about how they need to cut those nasty “Entitlement” programs that have worked well for us. A deliberate setup if ever there was one.

  • How have they EVER had credibility as fiscal conservatives. They do this every fucking time they are in power. They did it in the 80s. And the 00s. And now they’re doing it again. This is who they are. And I still hear people tell me they are Republicans because they are fiscal conservatives. I just look them in the eye and say, “no, you’re a bigot but you know that fiscal conservative sounds better. You vote for deficits and bigotry. If you don’t know that you’re an idiot. If you do know that, you’re a liar.”

  • JCF
  • wds

    “Republicans have lost every single bit of credibility on the idea that they care at all about debts and deficits.”
    Said the man who ended his career with about as much credibility as a wet piece of paper … SMH