Saturday, January 23, 2010

Deficit hystrionics

David Plouffe editorial in the WaPo:
Don't accept any lectures on spending. The GOP took us from a $236 billion surplus when President Bush took office to a $1.3 trillion deficit, with unpaid-for tax cuts for the wealthy, two wars and the Medicare prescription drug program. Republicans' fiscal irresponsibility has never been matched in our country's history. We have potent talking points on health care, honest budgeting and cuts in previously sacrosanct programs. Republicans will try to win disingenuously by running as outsiders. We must make them own their record of disastrous economic policies, exploding deficits, and a failure to even attempt to solve our health care and energy challenges.

The deficit spending practiced now is to stabilize the economy, rebuild the infrastructure, and stimulate job--and we're not burying it in "off-budget" sleight of hand. Those how raised no hue and cry when Bush drove us into debt can hardly cry "deficit" now without exposing themselves as rank hypocrites. Let's call them out on it.

--the BB


Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Finem lauda!

susankay said...

As a friend would say: no shit, Sherlock!

The Cunning Runt said...

Indeed. Why "our" Dems aren't screaming this to High Heaven is beyond me, and the fact that "our" M$M hasn't breathed a word about it belies that garbage about the "liberal media."

Methinks it will fall to us, the Progressive and Conscious, to write our newspapers, phone in radio comments, and generally blog our butts off about it.

Thanks, Paul, for keeping on top of this issue.