Video: Hare calls deficit, debt a “myth”

posted at 1:35 pm on October 6, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The last we heard from Rep. Phil Hare (D-IL), he impressed voters nationwide by assuring us that he didn’t care about the Constitution when creating law in Congress. Now he wants to let us know that the national debt is nothing but a “myth.”  In what will almost certainly become a sound bite in House races across the nation, Hare not only disputes the existence of debt and deficits, he insists that Democrats have to keep spending money we don’t have … for the children:

And we will see a terrible price that we will pay years down the road for letting our children down when they need us the absolute most.  I’m not going to be part of that, so every minute that I have here is going to be spent debunking the myth that this country’s in debt and we just can’t spend.

Well, that’s certainly a new approach.  Or perhaps not; remember in 2005 when Democrats insisted that Social Security didn’t need reform? Do not trouble us with your silly mathematics, Hare and the Democrats are telling voters.  That massive red ink that we’re creating isn’t debt at all — it’s, er … um … performance art!  Yeah, that’s it!

Meanwhile, the people who will have to pay for the massive amounts of red ink will be those same children that Hare claims he’s protecting, or to me even more accurate, the children, their children, and their children’s children.  National debt and deficits are no myth, but what is clearly mythical is the legend of the fiscally responsible Democrat.

Update: People are wondering whether Hare will return in 2011.  IL-17 is a D+3 district, so it should be competitive.  Bobby Schilling is running against him in this western Illinois district.  A recent GOP poll put Schilling up slightly (a virtual tie), but Jim Geraghty notes today that Schilling has been on a fundraising tear, too.  He also has data on a Public Opinion Polls survey that shows Hare in deep, deep trouble.


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so every minute that I have here is going to be spent debunking the myth that this country’s in debt and we just can’t spend.

From a purely literal standpoint. A person is not in debt if they have no intention of ever paying the money back.

Of course every minute he spent explaining this, was a minute lost.

percysunshine on October 6, 2010 at 5:27 PM

America deserves better Congresspeople than this! Vote Rep. Phil Hare OUT OF OFFICE!

Bobby Schilling is the Republican candidate who is running against Democrat Rep. Phil Hare in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District.

Learn more about Bobby Schilling at his campaign website:

http://www.bobby2010.com/

According to the FEC.gov website
http://www.fec.gov/DisclosureSearch/HSRefreshCandList.do as of 6/30/10 Bobby Schilling was running behind Rep. Hare in fundraising.

Bobby Schilling had Cash on Hand = $211,225

Rep. Hare had Cash on Hand = $855,863

Clean the House and the Senate in 2010!

wren on October 6, 2010 at 5:31 PM

I’ll have what he’s smoking.

Bruce MacMahon on October 6, 2010 at 5:46 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

N. O'Brain on October 6, 2010 at 6:15 PM

I’ll have what he’s smoking.

Bruce MacMahon on October 6, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Yes, but at least he’s a nobody. It’s a whole different ballgame with the nation’s VP says that “deficits don’t matter” (think Cheney).

bayam on October 6, 2010 at 6:23 PM

“Our children” are the ones who are going to be paying for his spending. I somehow doubt they’ll be saying “thank you.”

29Victor on October 6, 2010 at 6:34 PM

every minute that I have here is going to be spent debunking the myth that this country’s in debt and we just can’t spend.

Myth-appropriation.

ElectricPhase on October 6, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Doucherocket.

darkpixel on October 6, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Democrat war on simple math.

CWforFreedom on October 6, 2010 at 6:47 PM

It’s a whole different ballgame with the nation’s VP says that “deficits don’t matter” (think Cheney).

bayam on October 6, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Cheney was referring to elections & public opinion. He said that Reagan was able to win big despite deficits on his watch. However, Obama’s deficits make Reagan’s look tiny.
Don’t forget that Reagan had to deal with a rabid Democrat Congress–he had to give them their spending to get his tax cuts. And he had to rebuild the military after Jimmuh dismantled it.

itsnotaboutme on October 6, 2010 at 6:48 PM

“I want to spend more money, I don’t see any debt, it doesn’t exist, la la la la la”

Dollayo on October 6, 2010 at 7:02 PM

So does this mean that Hare supports extending all the Bush tax cuts since apparently we can afford them after all?

Stephen Macklin on October 6, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Why do we suffer these fools? How is it that we are stupid and he’s one of the smartest blobs in the room? He must have gone to the same school of economics his boss did.

Kissmygrits on October 6, 2010 at 7:38 PM

The unemployment line beckons

Purple Avenger on October 6, 2010 at 8:14 PM

I find it really frightening that this idiot and idiots like him get elected. What is wrong with Illinois?

SANTA on October 6, 2010 at 8:27 PM

Isn’t he a little . . . harebrained? (nyuk, nyuk, nyuk)

The Evil Doctor K on October 6, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Basic math let alone common sense aren’t exactly liberal strong points are they?

Yakko77 on October 6, 2010 at 10:29 PM

I remember telling my kids, when they were at a certain point in their swimming progress, that being in the deep end, which was 10 feet deep, was really no different than being in not quite the shallow end–around 5 feet. If you can’t touch the bottom, I pointed out, it’s all the same. I think these “the size of the debt doesn’t matter” types are working off of a similar premise. But they’re badly wrong. We are so far under water, that “we will reach a point in 10 years where we have to doll out $2 trillion to pay off only the interest on the money we’ve borrowed. . .

smellthecoffee on October 6, 2010 at 11:44 PM

Fat, drunk and stupid.

Jaibones on October 6, 2010 at 11:51 PM

The quote was dumb enough when you read what he said, but it’s thrice as bad hearing and seeing him say it!

I was trying to think of whom Hare reminded me of (y’know, besides Sgt. Schultz from Hogan’s Heroes), and it finally struck me: Commentator “Bennett Brauer” on Saturday Night Live as played by the late great Chris Farley. Click and compare.

L.N. Smithee on October 7, 2010 at 12:07 AM

This man is the lowest of the low; I realized that from watching his last hit video. However, now, he’s moved into Bawney’s Frank territory; Frank has far too much audio and video of personally “debunking” Republican and Conservative warnings that the US was heading for economic calamity, thanks to Fannie and Fred. Compound that with his more recent lies that the democrats were trying to spread the alarm (which is really rich, considering how much control they had over Congress and key committees, all the while), and the Republicans and Conservatives were the ones ignoring the signs. Then, further compound this with Bawney’s Frank sputtering that there was no problem, and if there was, it was the Republicans’ fault.

Now, we have this idiot.

He claims that the national debt is a myth?!</strong> When he got caught admitting his utter contempt for the Constitution, he never tried backpedaling; he just ran for the hills and refused to get into another such situation where his mouth might take over and inadvertantly tell the truth. Until now. Now, like Bawney, he’s telling a stupidly transparent lie, and I don’t expect he’ll backpedal on it, but try to act like he never said anything.

Liberals, for the most part, are a tacky, classless lot that deserve mass deportation. Their treatment of George W. Bush, when he was leaving office exemplifies this. However, in this case, we really need to sink to their level when Butterball Junior gets put out of office.

Sha-na-na-na!
Sha-na-na-na!
Sha-na-na-na!

Hey! Hey! Hey!

Good-byyyeee!

Virus-X on October 7, 2010 at 3:40 AM

Yes, but at least he’s a nobody. It’s a whole different ballgame with the nation’s VP says that “deficits don’t matter” (think Cheney).

bayam

Why use Cheney when we can use the current VP instead?

Biden: We have to go even further into debt to avoid bankruptcy.

xblade on October 7, 2010 at 5:09 AM

All we have to do is print money and poof, the debt goes away.

But seriously, all this igit needs to do is produce enough dead voters to get re-elected.

jpmn on October 7, 2010 at 10:13 AM

It is a myth that our children’s children’s children will be paying off our debts. It never works that way. Just like our personal finances, if we become so bloated with debt that no one will loan us money, then suddenly the spending stops by force. Then there is a time of financial misery while we re-learn personal financial discipline.

In the case of our government and our community piggy bank, people will stop loaning us money. The dollar will be devalued and we will pay back our debts with worthless dollars. It’ll be over in a generation. The next generations may not live as high on the hog as ours, but they won’t be paying off our debts.

samuelrylander on October 7, 2010 at 1:21 PM

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