I’ve got a question

On the stimulus package, one wingnut says:

So, President Obama phoned the Senate GOP sellouts Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, and Arlen Specter and praised them Friday night for showing their “patriotism” by cutting a trillion-dollar, backroom deal to mortgage our children and grandchildren’s future.

My question, especially concerning the “mortgage our children and grandchildren’s future” part: Where were these patriotic wingnuts when Bush used his eight years in office increasing government spending to such a degree that, by the time he left, he accrued more debt then all of his 42 predcessors combined?  Future historians will not argue over whether Bush was a successful president, they’ll argue over whether his administration added $10 trillion on the low end, or $15 trillion on the high end, to our national deficit debt [thanks to SeanH in comments for the correction].  So where were these wingnuts when Bush’s first act was his $1.35 trillion tax cut bill in 2001?  How come a trillion wasn’t big spending then?

Not to build up a strawman to trash the messenger (how’s that for horribly mixing metaphors?), so let me step back and say, you know, maybe the Republicans against the stimulus bill have a point.  Maybe we should listen to them.  But how can I — or anyone else — take them seriously when they don’t look in the mirror and ask the exact same questions I’ve just posed?  Fact is that Republicans against the stimulus don’t ask these questions of themselves; they have not publicly apologized for their big spending attitudes during the years of their boy, Bush.  Until they publicly fess up, all their complaining about Obama’s stimulus package isn’t honest criticism — it’s a statement claiming Republicans should continue doing whatever they want, whenever they want, and as long as a Republican does it then it’s right.

Well, it’s wrong.  The need for a stimulus bill since our economy is in the tank should be evidence enough of that.  Don’t expect them to admit it, though.

(edited by DrGail)

3 Responses to “I’ve got a question”

  1. SeanH says:

    Future historians will not argue over whether Bush was a successful president, they’ll argue over whether his administration added $10 trillion on the low end, or $15 trillion on the high end, to our national deficit.

    Quick nitpick: He added 10-15 trillion to our national debt. Individual annual budgets can have deficits which add to our national debt.

    Great post though and it’s about time the President and Dem congressional leaders get off their butts and start beating that drum. The GOP didn’t say peep while their boy was blowing more of our money than every previous president combined, but now that the economy’s in trouble and we need government spending to get out of it they’re suddenly worried about big government?

  2. tas says:

    Thanks for the pointer about debt and deficit, Sean. It’s easy to mix an match this stuff…

    As for why Obama and other Democrats haven’t gone on the attack yet, it still amazes me. I know Obama wants to change the culture in Washington and yadda yadda, but.. I think one thing his administration may, unfortunately, prove is that “change” means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I think many thought that Obama’s version of “change in Washington” meant going down there, skipping over partisan bullshit and political gridlock, and doing what’s necessary without delay. This is not a parliament — we do not need to caucus with the Republicans. Lord knows they didn’t give us the same dignity when they fucked this country up over the past 8 years. I thought the “change” I voted for was to bring a president into Washington to fix this mess, not allow Republicans to continue it.

    On the whole, this bipartisanship gamble could be a pretty dumb fuck move for Obama in general. If the first sniff Americans get at his stimulus doesn’t work, it doesn’t matter how many Republicans he got to vote for it, that baby is his and the Democrats’ to carry into the 2010 Congressional elections. If this stimulus doesn’t work, guess what party will lose half of its power in Washington? People keep on talking about the incredible withering Republican party but don’t believe it — Mitch McConnell could be majority leader before we have a chance to say “What the FUCK just happened?” And I don’t want to accuse our loyal opposition of actually wanting to see the economy tank just to win back Congress in 2010, but when they are being so blatantly hypocritical and their thought lords hope Obama fails (a la Rush Limbaugh), I really have to wonder about their motives…

    Then the question is if Obama is getting played or not.

  3. SeanH says:

    I’m worried about it too, but my hopeful theory is he’s setting them up like bowling pins with these showy attempts at bipartisanship so they’ve already been framed as obstructionists in the media when he moves on to the more progressive causes on his agenda.

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