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Friday, January 29, 2010

Fiscal facts

There's a clamor in Washington coming out of the Republican Party over the size of the US budget deficit, which has indeed ballooned as part of efforts to deal with the massive economic meltdown.

But as always, there's something missing from the GOP arguments: context:

The budget surplus when Bill Clinton left office to George Bush: $236 billion.

The budget deficit when George Bush left office to Barack Obama: $490 billion.

Republican claims of fiscal credibility in the face of a near three-quarters of a trillion dollar turnout: Priceless.

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Blogger Patricia of Trakai said...

Amen! Democrats should be shouting this from the housetops.

January 29, 2010 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep blaming it on Bush, and you will lose more support with Independents. Just ask Martha.

January 30, 2010 3:56 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Sorry anon, it's not blame. It's fact.

January 31, 2010 4:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the future all talks about budgets will be prefaced by a pre-9/11 and post 9/11 caveat. George W had the misfortune to be at the helm when the horrible attack was inflicted upon us and the responses necessary sent us into horrible debt. It would have happened if a Dem or Rep was in charge. Much like coming home and finding your house was broken into, we spent a lot on a new ADT system, subscribed to a Brinks system, and bought a dog and a few hand guns. It was quite an outlay at a time when normal business cycles were also on their way down. The credit card bill is due now, we'll make some extra payments and in 50 years people will wonder how we managed to cope. By then maybe we'll be lucky enough to have a President from the Independent Party who will preside over the final payment to finish off the national debt.

February 02, 2010 12:25 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Anon, by your analogy, that means I should buy an alarm system for my neighbor's house after I was broken into. With a credit card that belongs to someone else.

We have squandered billions in dollars and thousands of lives on a war in a country, Iraq, that had nothing to do with the people who attacked us.

Nor have we ever been asked to make any sacrifices -- except for our civil liberties -- to pay for it. Past wars all required a sharing of burdens, whether in terms of a draft or taxes. Not this one.

February 03, 2010 5:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This war is like no other. The front lines are everywhere from Worcester (where a home grown terrorist tried to become a Jihasist, to Detroit on Christmas day, to Kabul). It's being fought not only by our military but by our border patrols and banking auditors. As far as the war in Iraq do your remember the first Gulf war? Saddam hit Israel with 50 scud missles, and had used WMD's within his own borders (Sarin gas against the Kurds), was it unreasonable to expect that he would eventually combine the two? He would have to be confronted eventually and better sooner than later. Same with Iran now.

February 03, 2010 9:24 AM  

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