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Biden Administration's Blame Game Amid Surging National Debt

Shifting Responsibility: White House Points Fingers as Debt Hits $34 Trillion.

In a landmark moment for American finance, the national debt has escalated to an unprecedented $34 trillion. Despite nearly three years under President Biden's leadership, the White House has swiftly directed blame toward Republican policies. At Wednesday's press briefing, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre pointedly attributed the debt increase to GOP tax cuts, asserting that "Republican tax cuts are responsible for about 90% of it."

The White House's stance remains firm despite the historic debt level, with Jean-Pierre highlighting Biden's efforts like the Inflation Reduction Act and intensifying IRS oversight on high-income tax evasion. "His agenda would cut the deficit another $2.5 trillion by making the wealthy pay their fair share," she stated, contrasting this with the GOP's tax policies favoring the wealthy, which she claims would exacerbate the debt by over $3 trillion.

Despite a White House reporter challenging Jean-Pierre's narrative, citing Biden's tenure and the daily $10 billion debt increase, Jean-Pierre reiterated the 90% figure, emphasizing Biden's legislative measures aimed at deficit reduction and healthcare cost management.

Meanwhile, several liberal fact-checkers have scrutinized Biden's claims of reducing the budget deficit by $1.7 billion. While the annual federal deficit dropped significantly from fiscal year 2020 to 2022, fact-checkers pointed out that this reduction wasn't solely due to Biden's policies. Despite repeated assertions by Biden throughout 2023, these claims were deemed "misleading" and "lacking context."

Adding to the fiscal concerns, a report from the Congressional Budget Office in May revealed a near-$1 trillion federal deficit in the first seven months of fiscal year 2023 under Biden's administration. This period saw the government amass an alarming $928 billion in debt.

The Associated Press noted that the recent surge in national debt was propelled by significant borrowing during both Biden's and former President Donald Trump's terms, compounded by post-pandemic inflation and rising interest rates. This context paints a complex picture of the nation's financial challenges, transcending partisan narratives and pointing to a broader economic dilemma facing the United States.


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