Video: One last point on deficit blame-shifting

posted at 4:25 pm on March 25, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

I want to make one final point about Barack Obama and his “I inherited the deficit” meme, one made earlier today by Bruce McQuain at QandO. First, let’s hear Obama blame George Bush one more time for the “inheritance” of the ballooning deficit:

I’m not about to let Bush and the Republicans off the hook for the spending from 2001-6. They abandoned the principles of smaller government and fiscal responsibility in an orgy of spending. However, the deficit actually peaked in 2004 and began declining until 2008, when another orgy of private-industry bailouts shot it to the highest levels of the Bush administration.

However, Bush doesn’t allocate funds to the federal government: Congress spends the money. Democrats controlled Congress in 2007 and 2008, and had plenty of opportunity to cut the budget and reduce spending to trim the deficit. Did they do so? No; in fact, they increased the budgetary spending at a rate higher than that of the Republicans when the GOP controlled Congress.

And even more, the 2009 budget wasn’t Bush’s at all. The Democrats held up most of it, outside of defense spending, in order to wait for the next President. Instead, they passed continuing resolutions until pushing through the omnibus spending bill for the 2009 budget — which was signed by President Obama this month.

More to the point, Barack Obama was a member of Congress during the last four years. What did Obama do to reduce the deficits as the Senator from Illinois? What legislation did he author? What opposition did he provide to the high-spending policies of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in 2007 and 2008?

If the answer is nothing — and it is — then Obama inherited the fruits of his own inaction and the burden of his own party’s policies. Perhaps the national media, which seemed to have awoken a little from their slumber last night, might fully achieve consciousness at the next one and give him this little civics lesson.


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PTBDS (Post Traumatic Bush Derangement Syndrome – a condition suffered by those who had BDS, Bush Derangement Syndrome, but who now suffer from not having President Bush in office to blame. See: withdrawals).

madmonkphotog on March 25, 2009 at 9:04 PM

Barko,

I really do understand where you are coming from, and had Getalife not destroyed this forum it would make sense. What you said would probally better be said in an e-mail convo with Ed as it makes slightly more sense when taking into account that this is his job, and for the most part he does it well.

WE need to do a better job at presenting facts in a not ‘wow obama is stupid hehe’ manner. Most adults know that, but sometimes on this conservative blog we get into that ‘obama is a dumbass’ mode because…. well… it fits sometimes.

But honestly bro (im assuming your male, so please correct me if im wrong) conservatives are HIGHLY defensive right now because we feel like were being attacked on all sides. I know what your trying to say, but you came off as a troll.

Also, chuck aint spinning stuff. you cant spin numbers like that.

Yngmarine on March 25, 2009 at 9:12 PM

No, Barkolounger is a troll. What does he want links to — Obama’s term of office? The omnibus bill we spent all month discussing here? The fact that it’s 2009 now? If he wants to prove me wrong, he can put the links in his comments. He’s a moby, calling himself conservative and adding nothing to the discussions except supposed instruction on how to argue effectively.

Well, at least he was until now.

Ed Morrissey on March 25, 2009 at 10:20 PM

getalife:

So why didn’t Obama veto the budget? If it was Bush’s budget and not the Democrats, if Bush was behind it all, why didn’t Obama just veto the bill and send it back to his Democratic colleagues and tell them to shave off a few hundred billion.

You know Obama actually signed a bill as President that had an earmark in it he had put there as a Senator?

Bush’s name is no where on that thing. The Democrats made sure of that. Now the least they can do is take some responsibility for it.

Terrye on March 25, 2009 at 10:46 PM

Ed:

I saw an interesting graph over at Instapundit that laid out the numbers for the last several years. It is plain to see.

Terrye on March 25, 2009 at 10:47 PM

Democrats controlled Congress in 2007 and 2008, and had plenty of opportunity to cut the budget and reduce spending to trim the deficit. Did they do so? No; in fact, they increased the budgetary spending at a rate higher than that of the Republicans when the GOP controlled Congress.

Wait, wait, wait… are you accusing Obama of lying, in this clip? I mean, he does state emphatically that he inherited this deficit from the Republicans… But if the Dems controlled Congress in 2007 and 2008, that means B. Hussein is lying here! How dare you accuse him of such things, even if the facts support you! Don’t you know, “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for!?” (I’m not sure what that means either, but it was in my teleprompter)

RightWinged on March 26, 2009 at 4:38 PM

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