Obama: The GOP stuck me with the tab for a steak dinner

posted at 5:26 pm on June 12, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

He. Cannot. Be. Serious. And yet, he is. If this doesn’t qualify as playing up the intellectually cheap, populist, class-warfare rhetoric, then I don’t know what does. He’s not just decrying ‘tax cuts for the wealthy’ (a.k.a., here, the Bush-era tax cuts) as a paltry route to prosperity, he’s throwing in a steak-and-a-martini metaphor to really classy it up! Sigh. At least he has a good sense of keeping with a theme, I suppose.

“Those of us who have spent time in the real world understand that the problem is not that the American people aren’t productive enough,” Obama said during a fundraiser today, after saying that Romney believes that America “automatically” prospers when the wealthy profit. “[Romney says] his 25 years in the private sector gives him a special understanding of how the economy works, [so] my question is why are you running with the same bad ideas that brought our economy to the brink of disaster?” …

The president also said that Republicans, not Democrats, caused the current budget crisis. “I love listening to these guys give us lectures about debt and deficits. I inherited a trillion dollar deficit!” he said. Obama compared Republicans to a person who orders a steak dinner and martini and then, “just as you’re sitting down, they leave, and accuse you of running up the tab.”

Stay with me here, people.

“Those of us who have spent time in the real world”: No. Spending your early adult life writing a memoir amongst the august circles of liberal academia before rocketing through the political ranks as a cool, hip young celebrity-politician does not make you more qualified on matters of the ostensible “real world” than a high-powered businessman turned state executive. In fact, one might even argue it makes you less qualified. Or, you know, not at all. Hence all of this lovely “on the job training” which you’ve so magnanimously bestowed upon us.

“Romney’s years in the private sector gives him a special understanding of how the economy works”: It does.

Several weeks ago Mr. Obama focused his jobs argument on the company that Mr. Romney founded, Bain Capital. Employment growth is usually a byproduct of a firm’s successful pursuit of profit. But it’s become clear that even by the most conservative estimates, Bain has helped create more than 100,000 jobs by making companies grow.

This is especially embarrassing for the White House because, according to the seasonally adjusted jobs numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its household survey, 100,000 is the total net increase in U.S. jobs since January 2009 when Mr. Obama took office.

“I inherited a trillion dollar deficit”: Yeah, you’re darn right the deficit exploded after Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi took control of a newly-Democratic Congress in 2007, and did you do anything to try to quell that deficit? No, you not only let it ride; you added to it with bailouts and stimuli, and now we’re sitting pretty with a whopping $5 trillion more added to our debt than when you took office three years ago.

And where was the President while making these grandiose claims of economic acumen and spendthrift? Fundraising. For money. To profit his campaign. That President Obama can so relentlessly deride the economic contributions of the wealthy, and wealth itself, while asking wealthy people, to give him some of their wealth… boggles my mind. Who falls for this pitiful stuff?


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Haven’t seen you before. Did you sign up at the last open? Why wait this long to burn your login?

JeffWeimer on June 12, 2012 at 8:12 PM

I’ve been awaiting instructions from Soros.

verbaluce on June 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

And 0bama has stuck my kids and my grandkids with his bill for “stimulus” and excessive spending.

Kind of like 10 camels vs $30 million, don’t ya think?

ProfShadow on June 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

“…a steak dinner and martini…”

Thus speaketh the Chardonnay drinker.

Drained Brain on June 12, 2012 at 9:35 PM

I can’t remember if it was libfreeordie or liberal4life that once proudly claimed to be ‘A Tenured Professor of the Humanities’…

Anyone remember???

BigWyo on June 12, 2012 at 6:50 PM

And you trust his/her words? Why?

Sir Napsalot on June 12, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Do you know who doesn’t order martinis? Mitt Romney.

theperfecteconomist on June 12, 2012 at 9:38 PM

And Obama is the guy sits down and orders steak and champagne for the entire restaurant….. and then defends his spending by arguing the guy before him ordered steak and champagne too.

ModerateMan on June 12, 2012 at 9:04 PM

You forgot the part that it was only “fair” that the entire restaurant gets steak in the name of “entree justice”.

Happy Nomad on June 12, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Chardonay? Guess again

Cristol and on our dime!

audiotom on June 12, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Try the Irony, it’s the best in all 57 states.

Hey, Barry…there’s a point where even your own zombies just won’t buy the populist silliness anymore. Effete snob.

a5minmajor on June 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

verbaluce on June 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM

You’re as immature and as inane as they get.

CW on June 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Does Moochy know he was eating steak–and with Republicans?

stukinIL4now on June 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Obama: The GOP stuck me with the tab for a steak dinner

Get the ____ outta here. You’ve never been stuck with the tab in your entire life, Obama.

minnesoter on June 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM

why are you running with the same bad ideas that brought our economy to the brink of disaster?” …

I did not realize that Romney was advocating a return to the CRA and loose lending standards for homes that people could not afford. Nor did I realize that Romney was campaigning to restore Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to their former condition and start the toxic lending scheme once again.

Wow, the things you learn from Obama campaign speeches. /s

AZfederalist on June 12, 2012 at 11:08 PM

And where was the President while making these grandiose claims of economic acumen and spendthrift? Fundraising. For money. To profit his campaign. That President Obama can so relentlessly deride the economic contributions of the wealthy, and wealth itself, while asking wealthy people, to give him some of their wealth… boggles my mind. Who falls for this pitiful stuff?

The type of people who profit from this pitiful stuff. That’s who. Sad, but true.

rocker98 on June 12, 2012 at 11:10 PM

When in Rome…

verbaluce on June 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

You’re Boring. These folks did it much better, long before you were even born…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fldW5XitZfE

One quick question: sometimes you capitalize the V in “verbaluce”, and other times you do not. Too busy changing various screen names, or just careless?

Del Dolemonte on June 12, 2012 at 11:14 PM

I’ve been awaiting instructions from Soros.

verbaluce on June 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Umm, sorry, don’t play that game.

JeffWeimer on June 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM

And did you miss “Spending your early adult life writing a memoir amongst the august circles of liberal academia before rocketing through the political ranks as a cool, hip young celebrity-politician”

verbaluce on June 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Hey, that’s pretty awesome the way you combined totally not answering my question about your potential misinterpretation, with an attempt to distract by providing another quote, the purpose of which is entirely obscured through your neglect to expand upon the naked quote.

One might go so far as to assume by your included irony that you perceive this as a “cheap shot” at Obama, apparently thinking that will convince me it is okay for you to treat people in a manner which is not okay. But not only am I not a fan of rationalization, but to call it a “cheap shot” would then expose Obama as making weak personal attacks against a man’s character because he cannot campaign on the strength of his positions.

And anyway, it’s not like that description of his career track is not accurate.

The Schaef on June 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM

“Those of us who have spent time in the real world”: No. Spending your early adult life writing a memoir amongst the august circles of liberal academia before rocketing through the political ranks as a cool, hip young celebrity-politician does not make you more qualified on matters of the ostensible “real world” than a high-powered businessman turned state executive. In fact, one might even argue it makes you less qualified. Or, you know, not at all. Hence all of this lovely “on the job training” which you’ve so magnanimously bestowed upon us.

Erika Johnsen, I love your writing!!!

ITguy on June 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM

“I inherited a trillion dollar deficit”: Yeah, you’re darn right the deficit exploded after Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi took control of a newly-Democratic Congress in 2007, and did you do anything to try to quell that deficit? No, you not only let it ride; you added to it with bailouts and stimuli, and now we’re sitting pretty with a whopping $5 trillion more added to our debt than when you took office three years ago.

Again, Erika Johnsen, I love your writing!!!

ITguy on June 12, 2012 at 11:32 PM

My guess is she won’t say, Bitter critter.
What do you think?
Where does she stand on ‘giving’?
Maybe she’ll step up and tell us…give us a number.
Maybe you will?
Be careful how much you expose yourself in the wilds, though…

verbaluce on June 12, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I just love the ones who start asking stupid questions and then demand answers to their stupid questions. Not happening, my friend. But at least you can tell Mr. Soros that you tried.

jakev on June 12, 2012 at 11:36 PM

I inherited a trillion dollar deficit!”

Mulatto …. Please !!!

SaysWho on June 12, 2012 at 11:36 PM

The Focal Point of any dicussion of Republican economics vs. Democrat economics needs to be the Tipping Point, when the balance of power tipped from the Republican majority to the Democrat majority.

That Tipping Point was:

January 4, 2007

It wasn’t Republicans who drove the economy into the ditch. It was Demorats in control of the wheel who steered away from an increasing employment-population ratio in 2007, drove the economy into the ditch in 2008 and 2009, and have left the economy sitting there in the ditch for 2010, 2011, and 2012.

What Recovery?

ITguy on June 12, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Do you know who doesn’t order martinis? Mitt Romney.

theperfecteconomist on June 12, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Ha!

sockpuppetpolitic on June 13, 2012 at 12:21 AM

“Steak dinner” is RACIST

John the Libertarian on June 13, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Those of us who have spent time in the real world understand that the problem is not that the American people aren’t productive enough,”

Punk, you have never spent time in the “real world”.

Your narcissistic impertinence will be punished, as it s/b.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Obama compared Republicans to a person who orders a steak dinner and martini and then, “just as you’re sitting down, they leave, and accuse you of running up the tab.”

But, but, we’re “riding in the back.” So when did we get out of (whatever it was Obama had in mind when he declared that “Republicans ride in back”) and sit at this table and order this food and then leave again?

Obama can’t commit to his pejorative about Republicans. We’re “vampires,” we’re “riding in the back” (a cryptic if not a disgusting slur when you think about what Obama REALLY had in mind there), now we’re “sticking” him “with the check”.

Obama’s a crude man. No, wait, he’s not a man.

Lourdes on June 13, 2012 at 3:09 AM

“Steak dinner” is RACIST ™

John the Libertarian on June 13, 2012 at 12:22 AM

I was just reading the story linked on DRUDGE to the Spike Lee remarks where he declares that “Romney can’t hang (Obama).”

The Left continues to push these crude, violent references to racialist references.

From people like Spike Lee, who IS crude, understandable but from people in the Presidency (Obama), well, it’s worse than an outrage, it’s despicable. Just like Holder’s excusal of Black Panther’s club-threats at voting place/s — “my people” — the current Obama-Left is circling the toilet.

Lourdes on June 13, 2012 at 3:14 AM

That President Obama can so relentlessly deride the economic contributions of the wealthy, and wealth itself, while asking wealthy people, to give him some of their wealth… boggles my mind. Who falls for this pitiful stuff?

Who? The answer is: people who voted for Obama and those who still consider him supportable and worse, “entertaining”.

Here we are, preaching to the choir, when our nation’s problem really boils down to those in our population who vote on such flimsy if not delusional motives, and are responsible for electing The Worst President Ever: Obama.

Lourdes on June 13, 2012 at 3:17 AM

Do you know who doesn’t order martinis? Mitt Romney.

theperfecteconomist on June 12, 2012 at 9:38 PM

EXCELLENT.

And you know who DOES order martinis? Barack Obama. And his wife.

Lourdes on June 13, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Yeah, you’re darn right the deficit exploded after Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi took control of a newly-Democratic Congress in 2007, and did you do anything to try to quell that deficit?

Hey wait a second, Erika …

Yes we know that Obama is a big spender and one of the biggest spenders in the history of this planet. And we know that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are big spenders too.

But seriously, YOU CAN’T be “forgetting” about the HUGE expansions of government entitlements under Bush and his REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED CONGRESS – now can you?

Who gave us NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND and expanded the Department of Education’s authority, budget – and intrusion into our lives?

Tell me Erika, who was it that gave us MEDICARE PART D? The biggest expansion of the entitlement state since LBJ? WTF Erika? Selective memory much?

Were you old enough to vote for Reagan Erika? I did – he said he would cut government – he never did – he grew it. Okay – I’ll cut him some slack because he had to deal with a Dim congress the whole way. I WILL NOT CUT GW BUSH circa 2000 – 2006 when he and his establishment GOP had control of EVERY SINGLE FACIT OF GOVERNMENT!

When’s the last time we had a balanced budget Erika? Oh – that’s right – it was with Bill Clinton – a Democratic President and he was aided in that by Newt Gingrich – a guy YOUR GOP NOMINEE spent a good part of the campaign shi**ing all over.

Good luck Erika with your propaganda.

Until you realize that both parties are $crewing us – you’re just a propagandist conservative slave parroting the talking points of your elite GOP masters!

Study HISTORY Erika – I know it’s hard, but it pays off in the end.

HondaV65 on June 13, 2012 at 5:33 AM

When’s the last time we had a balanced budget Erika? Oh – that’s right – it was with Bill Clinton –

I can’t believe people still propagate this falsehood.

tom daschle concerned on June 13, 2012 at 5:38 AM

Here we are, preaching to the choir, when our nation’s problem really boils down to those in our population who vote on such flimsy if not delusional motives, and are responsible for electing The Worst President Ever: Obama.

Lourdes on June 13, 2012 at 3:17 AM

So you think that McCain would have saved the nation by cutting government – that “President McCain” would have given us a booming economy?

LOL – what drugs are you on?

Sure, Obama has spent like a drunken Sailor (and I can say that because I was a Sailor) … but let’s face it – the debt was unsupportable even before Obama ran for Senate in Illinois!!

Not excusing OBAMA – there’s no excuse for him. But there’s no excuse for YOU ignoring the fact that the GOP helped to put us into this mess and your answer to this quandry is to put the same kind of guys in charge again who $crewed us before!

HondaV65 on June 13, 2012 at 5:39 AM

I can’t believe people still propagate this falsehood.

tom daschle concerned on June 13, 2012 at 5:38 AM

I can’t believe you’re an idiot and don’t realize it’s true! LOL at you.

HondaV65 on June 13, 2012 at 5:40 AM

I can’t believe people still propagate this falsehood.

tom daschle concerned on June 13, 2012 at 5:38 AM

Oh, and one more thing – I noticed you cherry picked one statement out of my very long response that you disagreed with. I’m assuming that you agreed with the rest of what I wrote about the GOP and it’s historical spending habits.

They are slightly less “spendy” than the Dims but they have NEVER, NOT ONCE CUT GOVERNMENT.

How long have they been promising that? Oh that’s right – about 50 years. So you, and millions of other conservative slaves continue to go to the polls and vote in idiots who LIE TO YOU. Now tell me – does that make you any smarter than a Democratic Obama voter?

No … no it doesn’t.

HondaV65 on June 13, 2012 at 5:49 AM

http://www.craigsteiner.us/articles/16

tom daschle concerned on June 13, 2012 at 6:28 AM

morning joe crew lapping this meme up big time this am

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 6:41 AM

So SCoaMF inherited a steak dinner gives him the excuse to buy 2 steak dinners per year for every year into infinity.

Man up, boy.

MNHawk on June 13, 2012 at 7:26 AM

““Those of us who have spent time in the real world understand that the problem is not that the American people aren’t productive enough…””

So says the mincing, arugula hoovering, semi-literate, never had a real job imbecile that not too many months ago was claiming that Americans had “gotten soft” and expected things too easy. Nice consistency of message, you from the herky jerky, coke scorched dolt.

Having neighbors write a couple books for you to stamp your name on, squandering millions in education grant funds, agitating for the implosion of the mortgage industry, and being a mediocre guest lecturer at a university does NOT constitute spending time in the real world.

GrassMudHorsey on June 13, 2012 at 7:33 AM

But seriously, YOU CAN’T be “forgetting” about the HUGE expansions of government entitlements under Bush and his REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED CONGRESS – now can you?

HondaV65 on June 13, 2012 at 5:33 AM

I imagine she isn’t, but then again, I’m also fairly certain I never heard George Bush say the Democrats spent all the money and then heaped it on him. See, the (apparently) tricky thing is, Obama made this claim, and the article is about this event, and her response is to his claim.

So the distinction is very simple. Either Bush is the cause of all Obama’s spending (despite the differences in deficits being a factor of three), and therefore Obama is correct, or Obama is responsible for his own (non) budgets, and therefore it was a stupid thing to say. Anything else is a distraction from the issue of this singular article, in which I note that you make a very great number of assumptions about Erika’s views and the things she may or may not have said in the past, based on a very small amount of information which does not point to the conclusions you have drawn.

The Schaef on June 13, 2012 at 7:47 AM

YOU LIE !!

Cincy Conservative on June 13, 2012 at 7:55 AM

I’ve been awaiting instructions from Soros.

verbaluce on June 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Umm, sorry, don’t play that game.

JeffWeimer on June 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Sorry, Jeff.
It was a joke.
And no doubt an affirmation of truth for many.

verbaluce on June 13, 2012 at 8:03 AM

One quick question: sometimes you capitalize the V in “verbaluce”, and other times you do not. Too busy changing various screen names, or just careless?

Del Dolemonte on June 12, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Del,
A quick answer –
I don’t ‘sign’ my comments. I use the same login every time.
Not sure why the system would generate different tags at the end of my posts. I also don’t type in the date and time you see that follows my name.
That’s the answer.

verbaluce on June 13, 2012 at 8:09 AM

The president also said that Republicans, not Democrats, caused the current budget crisis. “I love listening to these guys give us lectures about debt and deficits. I inherited a trillion dollar deficit!” he said.

Let’s see who was lecturing whom in 2008:

“The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents – #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.

- Barack Obama
July 3, 2008

On the day Obama said that, July 3, 2008, the we now have Total Public Debt Outstanding was $9,492,245,770,798.70 (under $9.5 Trillion)

When Obama said that, we were starting the fourth quarter of the FY 2008 budget… which had been passed by the Nancy Pelosi House and Harry Reid Senate (which included Senator Barack Obama, Senator Joe Biden, and Senator Hillary Clinton). Yes, it was signed, not vetoed, by President Bush, but Obama can’t blame the FY 2008 deficit on “the way Bush has done it”.

Democrats have held majority control (controlling 2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency) since January 2007.

… less than 4 years after Obama made those comments about Bush on July 3, 2008,

we now have over $15.7 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — over $50,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.

Think about it… they have increased the national debt by well over $6 Trillion in less than 4 years, and the Democrats have been in majority control of the spending process (holding 2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency) the entire time.

The Democrat majority has been adding about $1.6 Trillion per year to the national debt each and every year.

—————————————————-

It’s time for a NEW DIRECTION.

It’s time for a CHANGE.

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ITguy on June 13, 2012 at 8:14 AM

I can’t believe you’re an idiot and don’t realize it’s true! LOL at you.

HondaV65 on June 13, 2012 at 5:40 AM

He’s right. Clinton’s only “surplus” came under falsified government accounting rules. There were no two years when the national debt fell. There were certainly no years when we ran a surplus, under GAAP.

So what’s that have to do with SCoaMF blaming Bush for the F’2013 deficit.

MNHawk on June 13, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Obama compared Republicans to a person who orders a steak dinner and martini and then, “just as you’re sitting down, they leave, and accuse you of running up the tab.”

Projection!

Democrats have run up the tab and blame Bush!

ITguy on June 13, 2012 at 8:16 AM

There were no two years when the national debt fell.

MNHawk on June 13, 2012 at 8:16 AM

The last time the national debt actually went down from one fiscal year end to the next was…

FY 1957!!

ITguy on June 13, 2012 at 8:19 AM

ITguy on June 13, 2012 at 8:14 AM

You were more comfortable with a ‘Republican increased’ debt?

verbaluce on June 13, 2012 at 8:22 AM

The president also said that Republicans, not Democrats, caused the current budget crisis. “I love listening to these guys give us lectures about debt and deficits. I inherited a trillion dollar deficit!” he said.

Let’s see who was lecturing whom about debt and deficits in 2006, and making promises of “no new deficit spending” if the electorate would put them in power…

Here is what Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats promised in 2006 in order to win the 2006 elections and control of Congress:

Over the past decade, the Republican controlled Congress took our nation in the wrong direction. Too many Americans are paying a heavy price for those wrong choices: record costs for energy, health care and education; jobs shipped overseas; and budgets that heap record debt on our children. For millions, the middle-class dream has been replaced by a middle-class squeeze…

Democrats are proposing a New Direction for America…

With integrity, civility and fiscal discipline, our New Direction for America will use commonsense principles to address the aspirations and fulfill the hopes and dreams of all Americans. That is our promise to the American people….

Our federal budget should be a statement of our national values. One of those values is responsibility. Democrats are committed to ending years of irresponsible budget policies that have produced historic deficits. Instead of piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren, we will restore “Pay As You Go” budget discipline.

Budget discipline has been abandoned by the Bush Administration and its Republican congressional majorities. Congress under Republican control has turned a projected $5.6 trillion 10-year surplus at the end of the Clinton years into a nearly $3 trillion deficit– including the four worst deficits in the history of America. The nation’s debt ceiling has been raised four times in just five years to more than $8.9 trillion. Nearly half of our nation’s record debt is owned by foreign countries including China and Japan. Without a return to fiscal discipline, the foreign countries that make our computers, our clothing and our toys will soon be making our foreign policy. Deficit spending is not just a fiscal problem – it’s a national security issue as well.

Our New Direction is committed to “Pay As You Go” budgeting – no more deficit spending.

And here is what Nancy Pelosi promised on January 4, 2007 when she became Speaker of the House:

After years of historic deficits, this 110th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: pay-as-you-go, no new deficit spending. Our new America will provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt.

- New Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 01/04/2007

Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House from January 4, 2007 to January 3, 2011.
How much new debt was created during Pelosi’s 4 years as Speaker?
Over $5.3 TRILLION!

And how much new debt that has been created since the Democrats took majority control on January 4, 2007?
Over $7 TRILLION!

ITguy on June 13, 2012 at 8:24 AM

The president also said that Republicans, not Democrats, caused the current budget crisis. “I love listening to these guys give us lectures about debt and deficits. I inherited a trillion dollar deficit!” he said.

I’ve said this dozens of times, but Obama’s comment necessitates another iteration…

Democrats will continue to blame Bush, but here’s what Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and the rest of the Democrats “inherited” when the balance of power switched from Republican to Democrat in Janaury 2007:

1) A FY 2007 deficit of $501 Billion.

2) Total National Debt under $8.7 Trillion.

3) Unemployment 4.4%

4) “Discouraged Workers” (not counted in the unemployment number): 274,000.

5) Employment-population ratio (for those age 16 years and over): 63.4%

6) The Zillow U.S. Home Value Index was over $190,000.

What do we have now, after less than five and 1/2 years of majority Democrat control? (I have to break this up into two different comments due to the number of links)

UPDATED WITH MAY NUMBERS

1) An actual first-half FY 2012 deficit of $791.7 Billion, and a projected full-year FY 2012 deficit of $1,583 Billion ($1.583 Trillion).

2) Current Total National Debt over $15.7 Trillion.

3) Unemployment 8.2%

ITguy on June 13, 2012 at 8:26 AM

What do we have now, after less than five and 1/2 years of majority Democrat control? (continued)

4) “Discouraged Workers” (not counted in the unemployment number): 830,000.

5) Employment-population ratio (for those age 16 years and over): 58.6%

6) The Zillow U.S. Home Value Index is under $150,000.

ITguy on June 13, 2012 at 8:28 AM

ITguy on June 13, 2012 at 8:14 AM

You were more comfortable with a ‘Republican increased’ debt?

verbaluce on June 13, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Provide a URL to where I have ever said that I was “comfortable” with increasing the national debt, and I’ll buy you a steak dinner and martini.

The fact remains that their has never been a Republican-majority Fiscal Year that increased the total national debt outstanding by even $600 Billion, yet each and every Democrat-majority Fiscal Year from FY 2008 to FY 2012 has increased the total national debt outstanding by over $1,000 Billion (over $1 Trillion).

Deficits were bad under the Bush-Frist-Hastert, and Nancy Pelosi hammered them for it. Nancy Pelosi promised “no new deficit spending”. Instead, Pelosi, Obama, and Reid set new records of deficit spending, increasing the Total Public Debt Outstanding by a whopping $1,885,104,106,599.30 in FY 2009. And now they want to blame that all on Bush.

Democrats promised “no new deficit spending”.

Democrats LIED.

ITguy on June 13, 2012 at 8:42 AM

When was the last time this guy picked up a tab for anything. I’ll bet never. He’s still blaming Bush. Really!

Kissmygrits on June 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Was the steak made of dog, Obama? Can I have a slurpee instead of martini, I have a ditch to drive to.

Schwalbe Me-262 on June 13, 2012 at 9:07 AM

The only problem is that he ordered the steak after the Republicans left when they had coffee together.

jaydee_007 on June 13, 2012 at 9:10 AM

When was the last time this guy picked up a tab for anything. I’ll bet never.

Kissmygrits on June 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

It appears that Obama didn’t even pick up the tab for his own education at Harvard.

Khalid al-Mansour helped get Obama into Harvard (by getting Percy Sutton to write a letter to Harvard in support of Obama), and “helped raise money for him”.

ITguy on June 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Yes, well. He just added Kobe beef, lobster and several five star hotels to the tab.

Are people actually still claiming he’s “brilliant?”

Portia46 on June 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

So the guy orders a steak dinner with a martini and then when Obama sits down the guy leaves. So Obama orders 3 more and blames the guy that left for overspending. Then he leaves too…hopefully.

crazywater on June 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Obama: “The GOP stuck me with the tab for a steak dinner”

Yeah, I would too when an arrogant guest orders hyper-expensive kobe beef steaks and sneers at their host who can barely afford cheap hamburger. Tells me the arrogant guest SHOULD get stuck with the bill!

“Those of us who have spent time in the real world understand that the problem is not that the American people aren’t productive enough,..”

…but that Government parasites are sucking the lifeblood out of the American dream!

FIFY Obama.

dominigan on June 13, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Obama: The GOP stuck me with the tab for a steak dinner

I like my wagyu beef rare, with a side of arugula.

bitsy on June 13, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Obama: The GOP stuck me with the tab for a steak dinner

I like my wagyu beef rare, with a side of arugula.

bitsy on June 13, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Served by Tom Hanks and the original Chewbacca on a beach in Spain.

bitsy on June 13, 2012 at 9:38 AM

You were more comfortable with a ‘Republican increased’ debt?

verbaluce on June 13, 2012 at 8:22 AM

You ARE dumb enough to believe that a F’2013 deficit is Bush’s fault? That is what your President is hoping, delivering that line of stupid.

MNHawk on June 13, 2012 at 9:39 AM

So when he takes over it’s the last President’s debt but don’t worry, when Romney takes over it will be Congress that ran up the debt, not the President.

Wagthatdog on June 13, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Seriously? That comment got eaten by the web? That C_h_e_w_b_a_c_c_a_ comment was NOT a reference to Michelle. It was a reference to the White House Halloween party by Tim Burton and Gearoge Lucas! C’mon!

Oh well, it’s not funny now that I had to explain it.

bitsy on June 13, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Remind us who controlled Congress.

faraway on June 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

It’s only the fault of Congress when it’s a GOP Congress, half even but when Democrats control BOTH HOUSES it’s the President’s fault.

Wagthatdog on June 13, 2012 at 9:46 AM

If you have to rely on ignorance to make your point and you can’t run on your record do what’s best for the country and people you say you care about and let someone have a crack at it.

Wagthatdog on June 13, 2012 at 9:50 AM

The president also said that Republicans, not Democrats, caused the current budget crisis. “I love listening to these guys give us lectures about debt and deficits. I inherited a trillion dollar deficit!” he said.

Then Obama added: Besides, the private sector is just fine! Their profits and earnings ratios are up 3000% since we invested all their money in shovel ready infrastructure and green energy. These Republicans need to quit bitterly clinging and just spread the wealth around.

See why they have to confiscate people’s cell phones at fundraisers?

bitsy on June 13, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Provide a URL to where I have ever said that I was “comfortable” with increasing the national debt, and I’ll buy you a steak dinner and martini.
ITguy on June 13, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Provide a link where you were as concerned and vocal about it pre-Obama’s inauguration…
Not saying you weren’t – but guessing it may have been much less of an issue for you – or forgivable and rationalized – under Repubs.
Any genuine analysis requires a longer view…and that tells a different story –

http://zfacts.com/p/318.html

In 1981, the supply siders commandeered the Reagan Presidency and employed their Voodoo economics, as Bush senior had called it in 1980. He was saying that tax cuts would not increase government revenues. As you can see above, the Voodoo failed just as Bush predicted, and the supply siders turned a 32-year winning streak into a debt disaster that continues to this day. For 20-years, under Reagan and the Bushes, the national debt increased compared to GDP every single year…

…Conservatives are quite embarrassed by this performance, so they have invented a cover story: The Democratic Congress did it. Nice try. But for 12 of the 20 years the Congress was not Democratic. Also, presidents can veto, and when it was Democratic, Congress passed smaller budgets on average than the Republican Presidents asked for….

verbaluce on June 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

You ARE dumb enough to believe that a F’2013 deficit is Bush’s fault? That is what your President is hoping, delivering that line of stupid.

MNHawk on June 13, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Your extrapolating, dear…extrapolating.

verbaluce on June 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

It wasn’t Republicans who drove the economy into the ditch. It was Demorats in control of the wheel who steered away from an increasing employment-population ratio in 2007, drove the economy into the ditch in 2008 and 2009, and have left the economy sitting there in the ditch for 2010, 2011, and 2012

That might be, but the Republicans have not done a very good job of conveying this message to the public. I would bet that the average voter doesn’t even realize that the Dims control the Senate.

Old Fritz on June 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

It appears that Obama didn’t even pick up the tab for his own education at Harvard.

Khalid al-Mansour helped get Obama into Harvard (by getting Percy Sutton to write a letter to Harvard in support of Obama), and “helped raise money for him”.

ITguy on June 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM

See, it’s stuff like that that reveals you – like many – are more motivated by some bizarre personal animosity towards Obama then anything else.
I don’t dislike Bush and always dismissed the conspiracy minded critics of his (many of who echoed the same b.s. about his ascension as you do about Obama’s). I don’t like Bill Clinton much (though he seems to have aquired some personal decency he lacked before), but would rate him pretty high on job performance.

verbaluce on June 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I’m guessing 0bama ordered the “Lady’s Fillet.”

ProfShadow on June 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I don’t like Bill Clinton much (though he seems to have aquired some personal decency he lacked before), but would rate him pretty high on job performance.

verbaluce on June 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I’m not sure what I think about BC on a personal level, but since we won’t ever meet that isn’t really important to me. As for job performance, as a politician I’d have to say it was middling when I consider how his administration turned out. As a president, he has my complete disdain. Needless to say, though, Obama makes him look like a Titan in comparison.

littleguy on June 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Hmmmm…Democrats controlled Congress the last 2 years of the Bush Administraion and the 1st 2 years of the Obama administration. Obama spent nearly $1 Trillion on a FAILED ‘Stimulus’ program, has set new records for monthly, annual, and total deficit-spending, has added more than $5 trillion in new debt in only 3 YEARS, and has added more debt than EVERY President from Washington to Clinton COMBINED…and the Socialist LIAR in Chief is STILL blaming anyone but himself for HIS policies, actions, and Socialist agenda that has done everything and more he hoped they would do?! What a WORTHLESS POS!

easyt65 on June 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I’m not sure what I think about BC on a personal level, but since we won’t ever meet that isn’t really important to me.

littleguy on June 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Exactly.
Well said.
Same with Obama, right?

verbaluce on June 13, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Not saying you weren’t – but guessing it may have been much less of an issue for you

verbaluce on June 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Well, yes, less of a deficit is less of an issue, and more of a deficit is more of an issue. See, if the issue is the existence of a deficit, it makes sense that one’s concern would scale.

You are also incorrect in your implication that tax cuts do not increase revenues. They have done so every time tax rates have been cut going all the way back to Kennedy.

You throw Reagan under the bus – the anti-conservative attack du jour – but neglect the fact that tax revenues doubled over the course of his administration. The reason deficits went up is because spending increases outpaced revenue increases, and Tip O’Neil thwarted Reagan’s austerity efforts at every turn.

This issue is being made more complicated than it needs to be. If deficit spending does not concern you, then just embrace it and stop using “Republicans had deficits” as an attack line. If it DOES concern you, then please join in our efforts to hold government accountable for rational spending, because you have no cause to argue the substance of this issue.

The Schaef on June 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM

verbaluce on June 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Wow, blaming Reagan??? Are you kidding? What did Reagan add, about $2.0 T to the deficit in 8 yrs? At least Reagan started the longest peacetime boom and won the cold war. Your messiah has added over $5T in less than 4 years. What does he have to show for it?? Stop the nonsense. Stop deflecting blame and man up.
Pres Obama has been an unmitigated disaster.

Talon29 on June 13, 2012 at 10:36 AM

The president also said that Republicans, not Democrats, caused the current budget crisis. “I love listening to these guys give us lectures about debt and deficits. I inherited a trillion dollar deficit…

and turned it into a FIVE TRILLION dollar deficit!” he said.

FIFY Obama.

dominigan on June 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

You throw Reagan under the bus – the anti-conservative attack du jour.
The Schaef on June 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Including Reagan in a long view is ‘throwing him under the bus’?
Maybe your sensitivity is to him being taken off a pedestal.
The never ending beatification ceremony for Reagan – a great president and a great man – turns the guy into some sort of guru caricature for the new right. It’s silly, and ultimately demeaning to the memory of the guy. Can’t y’all just use Ayn Rand for that silliness?

(An aside, in the middle of reading Rawhide Down – and excellent read…detailing the days surround the attempt on his life. Within it is a very human story about him, Nancy, Deaver, Meese, etc.)

verbaluce on June 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

President Downgrade has no credibility on any topic at this point. Plus we’re back to the stupid, inane allegories. He’s driving the car, no more Slurpees, getting out of a ditch.
And the jugeared fool is making jokes about which campaign can fit in a tweet?

smfic on June 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I realize this is crazy talk, but hasn’t Obama signed off on the appropriation bills with the roughly $1.3T deficits for the years he has been in office? You don’t inherit deficits, other than perhaps your first nine months in office (which in this case he can’t even claim that, since Pelosi and Reid played keep away from Bush on the FY2009 budget). After that, the President is perfectly within his rights to veto appropriations bills for subsequent budgets if he feels the deficits are too high.

Hey Oboob. If you don’t like the deficit you supposedly “inhereted” in 2009, then veto the subsequent budgets until Congress sends you one that has low or no deficit.

F*cking liar.

gravityman on June 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Wimp.

StevC on June 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Spending your early adult life writing a memoir amongst the august circles of liberal academia before rocketing through the political ranks as a cool, hip young celebrity-politician does not make you more qualified on matters of the ostensible “real world” than a high-powered businessman turned state executive.

You said “cool” and “hip”. I’m pretty sure that’s racist.

SailorMark on June 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Sounds like Obama’s having lots of whine with that steak.

theCork on June 13, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Including Reagan in a long view is ‘throwing him under the bus’?

verbaluce on June 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

No, revisionist history to make a political point is throwing him under the bus.

“ooh, Reagan raised taxes”
“ooh, Reagan wasn’t fiscally conservative”
“ooh, Reagan wouldn’t be elected in a primary today”

blah blah blah. This isn’t about him “being on a pedestal”, it’s about taking the piss out of him in a proxy war to undermine conservative principles.

The Schaef on June 13, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Better a steak dinner than a weekly Wagu-Beef dinner we are being stuck with!

CrazyFool on June 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Better a steak dinner than a weekly Wagu-Beef dinner we are being stuck with!

CrazyFool on June 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

$100 a pound.

Fallon on June 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Amid the bustle of President Obama’s surprise stop for barbecue Wednesday the White House apparently overlooked one key detail: the bill.

Celebrating Father’s Day early, the president had lunch with two service members and two local barbers at Kenny’s BBQ on Capitol Hill.

As the group chatted about fatherhood, the president enjoyed a steaming plate of pork ribs with hot sauce, collard greens, red beans and rice and cornbread.

The bill for the president and his four guests was $55.58, but was left unpaid at the point of sale, according to pool reports.

J_Crater on June 14, 2012 at 4:34 PM

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