This is a must-answer question for any politician, and it’s absurd that our politicians in the position of primary power (at present, the Republicans) are always such failures at properly funding government expenditures. When Obama had his Democratic congress, the roles were reversed and the Republicans were deficit hawks; now Trump has a Republican congress and the Democrats are deficit hawks. I wonder: Did The Atlantic ask this same question when the Democrats were in power? Paul Krugman (Democrat to the extreme) argued against deficit hawks the whole time Obama was in office but has become a deficit hawk now that Trump is in office. Regardless of the inconsistency, illogic, and hypocrisy of Krugman and similar Democrats, the Republicans still owe an answer to this question—and the answer better be yes.