(WASHINGTON TIMES) — As they signed off on the payroll tax cut this week, lawmakers said nobody was a clear winner, but there was an undeniable loser: the federal deficit, which will be more than $100 billion deeper in the red this year thanks to the deal.

It’s just the latest time that a bipartisan deal has given each party some of what it wanted, but at the expense of future taxpayers who will eventually have to pick up the tab for the higher debt.

“Why is it that the only time we can come together and reach an agreement, it’s in a manner that increases the deficit or explodes spending?” said Rep. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican. “That’s enough to make the country cry for more partisanship.”

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