There may be some fireworks around the legislative battles over the next debt ceiling increase. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
Having warned that “everything will grind to a halt on March 5th” due to the under-appreciated debt-ceiling debacle that looms over Washington, and exclaiming that “what is going on today is complete insanity,” former Reagan Budget Director David Stockman is rapidly losing faith that anything can be done…
“I’ve thrown in the towel because he’s not paying attention and he’s not learning anything and he’s making ridiculous statements.”
Reflecting on Trump’s address to Congress, and what we know of The White House agenda, Stockman told Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto:
“We don’t need a $54 billion increase in defense when the budget already is ten times bigger than that of Russia. We don’t need $6 trillion of defense spending over the next decade because China is going nowhere except trying to keep their Ponzi scheme together.”
Stockman rejected Trump’s dynamic scoring hope…
“Trump is so deep in fiscal la-la-land, he won’t even find the wrong envelope… he is saying crazy things.”
And wasn’t sold on Speaker Ryan’s Obamacare plan.
“If you look at the Ryan draft that came out over the weekend, it’s basically Obamacare-like. It’s not really repealing anything,” he said.
“It’s basically reneging and turning the Medicaid expansion into a block grant, turning the exchanges into tax credits [and] it’s still going to cost trillions of dollars.”
Last week, Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, told FOX Business the administration is “focused on an aggressive timeline” to produce a tax reform plan by August Opens a New Window. , but in Stockman’s opinion, tax reform won’t happen this year.
To continue reading: Stockman: “Trump Will Create A Debt Crisis Like Never Before