House Dems’ 2014 battle plan: Whole lotta gun control and minimum wage

posted at 6:01 pm on February 21, 2013 by Allahpundit

I’d love to tell you that this strategy is nutty but after the last election I assume it’s already been vetted and deemed foolproof by an elite team of liberal Nobel-prize-winning behavioral scientists and supercomputer-enabled statistical models. Meanwhile, somewhere in Virginia, the GOP’s strategy squad is pushing colored thumbtacks into a paper map of the U.S.

If you’ve been wondering where O’s out-of-left-field push for a minimum-wage hike in the SOTU came from, this is where. It polls well, and right now his only chance to get anything important done in his second term is by pushing dumb yet popular ideas in hopes of leveraging them to reclaim the House in 2014.

In an interview today, DCCC chair Steve Israel told me the party’s House candidates will be running aggressively on Obama’s proposals to reduce gun violence and raise the minimum wage. Both will be incorporated into a broader indictment of the GOP as so imprisoned by ideological extremism that the party has been rendered incapable of tackling the major challenges facing the country.

“Both the minimum wage and reducing gun violence are priority issues in the districts we need to win,” Israel said. “Both are a reminder to suburban independent voters that House Republicans are extreme, and out of touch. On both, House Republicans have rejected solutions and have embraced obstructionism, turning their backs on millions of hard working American families.” Israel said Dems would use both issues in TV advertising against GOP candidates.

Polls show broad support for raising the minimum wage and for Obama’s gun proposals, particularly expanding background checks. Many House Republicans represent safe districts, and are insulated from broader public opinion. But Israel said Democrats had identified at least dozen House GOP districts that Dems believe will be receptive to arguments about issues like the minimum wage and gun violence.

There’s “broad support” for background checks; other planks of O’s gun-control program like banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines do frequently poll a bit above 50 percent but not nearly so much as to make Republican congressmen sweat. But then, per the excerpt, this isn’t really about gun control. It’s about rattling off a bunch of stuff that sounds good or good-ish to the average voter and emphasizing that the GOP is implacably opposed to all of it. We’re back to the “party of no” talking point circa 2009, except this time Obama will have his newly reconfigured campaign organization working hard to turn out his lefty base for the midterms the way they did last year. That’s a tall order but tossing them red meat by making gun control a centerpiece issue will help. Why bother with things like the economy? If eight percent unemployment was no bar to him being reelected, it shouldn’t hurt Democrats much in 2014.

As for the minimum wage, here’s the most depressing poll data you’ll see this year. I thought it was Republican orthodoxy that forcing employers to pay wages above what the market suggests is bound to have all sorts of pernicious economic consequences, starting with higher unemployment due to there suddenly being less money available for new hires. And yet:

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You’ve got 50 percent support among Republicans. And you’ve got 60 percent support among non-tea-party Republicans. See now why Steve Israel thinks he can flip a few purple districts next year? There aren’t many left. But there are a few.

Exit question: Why isn’t immigration on the list of Democratic hot buttons here? Is it because O thinks McCain and Rubio will make a deal with him on a bill before then? Or is it because immigration’s just a little too risky an issue on which to go hard-left during a midterm election? If the latter, then look again at those numbers on letting illegals stay. That issue polls about as well lately as the assault-weapons ban does.


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Obama got like 3 MILLION votes less in 2012. Yeah his machine was amazing.

WryTrvllr on February 21, 2013 at 6:08 PM

House Dems’ 2014 battle plan: Whole lotta gun control and minimum wage

Well… I guess you gotta go with what you know.

Hayabusa on February 21, 2013 at 6:09 PM

A raise in the minimum wage is just what small businesses need. The area I live in continues to see small businesses go under. This will make sure more close there doors.

chemman on February 21, 2013 at 6:10 PM

LOL, I was about to post, “and AP will be along in a moment with a POLL to explain how very much support there is for this leftist/establishment push…” – but ya beat me to it and included it in the piece.

*slow golf clap*

I’m shocked; shocked, I say. This poll isn’t ‘dubious’, I take it.

Midas on February 21, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Whatevs; it’s only going to get worse and crash before it gets better – if then.

‘let it burn’, hell – pour gasoline on this damn thing.

Midas on February 21, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Both gun-grabbing and minimum wage hikes harm young African-American males the most.

visions on February 21, 2013 at 6:13 PM

A raise in the minimum wage is just what small businesses need. The area I live in continues to see small businesses go under. This will make sure more close there doors.

chemman on February 21, 2013 at 6:10 PM

The entire country – except Washington DC which does a fantastic job of keeping a lot of our taxes to be spent locally – is in the same condition.

Midas on February 21, 2013 at 6:13 PM

You can pass all the laws, regulations, executive orders and signing statements yoy want….but, when the armed Citizens of the Republic tell you to go to hell, you have a decision to make.
It’s the same decision the assholes in NY will have to confront next year.
We passed the “people Control” law but the people refuse to obey it.
What now?
If we send LE to enforce the PCL, we will start a shootin war that we can’t win.
If we say, ok, ignore that dumb law, the People will then ignore LE and all the dumb laws.
What a conundrum.
III/0317

dirtengineer on February 21, 2013 at 6:16 PM

The first legislation passed under Pelosi’s rule last time was raising the minimum wage. Millions of the youth either lost their jobs or could not find a job. But let these idiots do the same thing over again, expecting a different result.

Rovin on February 21, 2013 at 6:16 PM

We regard the minimum wage rate as one of the most, if not the most, anti-black laws on the statute books. The government first provides schools in which many young people, disproportionately black, are educated so poorly that they do not have the skills that would enable them to get good wages. It then penalizes them a second time by preventing them from offering to work for low wages as a means of inducing employers to give them on-the-job training. All this in the name of helping the poor.”

Rose & Milton Friedman “Free To Choose” 1979

visions on February 21, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Obama got like 3 MILLION votes less in 2012. Yeah his machine was amazing.

WryTrvllr on February 21, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Yeah, but that’s like crashing into an oak tree at highway speed and being unimpressed that the car is still drivable.

crrr6 on February 21, 2013 at 6:19 PM

No way the demunists will take the House, AND they will lose the Senate.

Why?–People are already complaining about the fact that they are paying MORE taxes. Just wait until they start filling out their taxes for 2013 and obamunist care kicks in.

Philo Beddoe on February 21, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Go for it Dems! The same folks who swore up and down that the public wanted ObamaCare and once it was passed everyone would love it! Then the 2010 midterms happened. That’s the ticket!

txmomof6 on February 21, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I still think the House GOP should pass my “President Obama is an Economic Illiterate Act” which institutes a national $99/hr minimum wage.

crrr6 on February 21, 2013 at 6:21 PM

They believe the critical mass has been reached and it’s just a question of keeping their various constituents motivated.

Wigglesworth on February 21, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I think the private sales background checks issue will be ignored in large part if passed. There is going to be strong resistance to a national gun registry database.

a capella on February 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Yeah, but that’s like crashing into an oak tree at highway speed and being unimpressed that the car is still drivable.

crrr6 on February 21, 2013 at 6:19 PM

what?, like 50.8% of the vote.

and at 5$ a gallon, that car wont be driveable long.

WryTrvllr on February 21, 2013 at 6:26 PM

You’ve got 50 percent support among Republicans. And you’ve got 60 percent support among non-tea-party Republicans.

Not really surprising sine the Republican party isn’t a small government party anymore, if you want small government you go libertarian.

clearbluesky on February 21, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Pew says 71%, but Rasmussen says 54%, so it’s probably somewhere in the middle. I’m inclined to think it lies more towards Rasmussen’s number because Rasmussen also found 44% saying they think raising the minimum wage would actually somehow help the economy, which is a ridiculous assertion. Applying that ratio to the 71% would yield 58% taking the water-carrying position that raising the minimum wage would help the economy, and there just aren’t that many water carriers.

theperfecteconomist on February 21, 2013 at 6:31 PM

my eeyore flag is raised at full staff…
cripe…

cmsinaz on February 21, 2013 at 6:32 PM

I’d love to tell you that this strategy is nutty but after the last election I assume it’s already been vetted and deemed foolproof by an elite team of liberal Nobel-prize-winning behavioral scientists and supercomputer-enabled statistical models. Meanwhile, somewhere in Virginia, the GOP’s strategy squad is pushing colored thumbtacks into a paper map of the U.S.

When Allah nails it, he nails it.

Bruno Strozek on February 21, 2013 at 6:32 PM

http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/21/illinois-state-senator-pushes-anti-anonymity-bill/

Democrat leadership—aka the devil

republicans……..aka the devils prettier sister.

Pick your poison America……..and don’t do it anonymously like Senator Silberstein wants to ban.

PappyD61 on February 21, 2013 at 6:33 PM

R Reagan: During Reagan’s administration, GDP grew by 96.63%.

GHW Bush: During Bush I’s administration, GDP grew by 15.69% (thanks in very large part to the recession triggered by his tax increases).

Clinton: During Clinton’s administration, GDP grew by 66.08%.

Bush II: During Bush’s administration, GDP grew by 44.4%.

Obama: Under Obama, GDP has grown by a pathetic 8.58%.

Resist We Much on February 21, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Immigration isn’t on the list because its only a matter of time before Obama passes an amnesty.

Yeah, I said Obama.

He wants it, so he’ll get it.

He’ll get universal background checks, too. If not now, then after the Dems retake the House in 2014. You’ve got a year and a half to get your stuff. Then be prepared for it to be taken from you.

Sorry, I in a mood…

catmman on February 21, 2013 at 6:38 PM

The Day of Resistance

Seven Percent Solution on February 21, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Gross National Debt:

Bush:

Debt on 01.20.01: $5,727,776,738,304.64

Debt on 01.19.09: $10,628,881,485,510.23

Bush increased the national debt by $4,901,104,747,205.59 or 85.57%EIGHTY-FIVE & 57/100 in 2,922 days or 8 years.
.
.
Obama:

Debt on 01.20.09: $10,628,881,485,510.23

Debt on 02.19.13: $16,552,819,142,207.40

Obama has increased the national debt by $5,923,937,656,697.17 or 55.73% – FIFTY-FIVE & 73/100 in 1,492 days or 4 years and 1 month.
.
.
Debt Held By The Public:

Bush…

Public debt on 01.31.01: $3,388,016,000,000

Public debt on 01.20.09: $6,307,310,739,681.66

Bush increased the debt held by the public by $2,919,294,739,681.66 or 86.17%EIGHTY-SIX & 37/100 in 2,912 days or 8 years.

Obama…

Public debt on 01.20.09: $6,307,310,739,681.66

Public debt on 02.19.13: $11,690,986,523,097.68

Obama has increased the debt held by the public by $5,383,675,783,416.02 or 85.36% EIGHTY-FIVE & 36/100 in 1,492 days or 4 years and 1 month.

Resist We Much on February 21, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Obama 2008 – “I Am Not Going To Take Your Guns Away, That Just Ain’t True”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkUpp22fHyw&feature=player_detailpage

House Dems’ 2014 battle plan: Whole lotta gun control and minimum wage.

Does anyone believe a word of the Proppressive party these days?

Galt2009 on February 21, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Minimum wage, huh? Just reminds me that if the huge flux of low-income illegal immigrants are suddenly made into US voters there’s no way they are voting Repub. They are voting minimum wage etc, and wealth taxes and redistribution of income… to them.
Take note McCain. They aren’t suddenly voting for the Republicans just because we helped make them voters. And the electoral pressures the new Hispanics will bring to bear will ensure easy immigration of all willing Mexicans to the US, essentially legally open borders, no kidding. End game for America as we knew it. This immigration “reform” is lose lose for us.

anotherJoe on February 21, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Just wondering. How do they propose handling employees who have worked there way up from minimum wage to $11 or $12/Hour?

Will those employees be sent back to the bottom of the pay scale, or will Pelosi boldly suggest that wages need to be proportionally increased in keeping with the new minimum wage?

Yah, that’ll go over well. (certainly not from employers!)

can_con on February 21, 2013 at 6:54 PM

These people and the system they have so polluted disgust me.

I hope they fail. Badly.

Gatsu on February 21, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Let them do as they will.
You end up with a shitload of armed, unemployed gangstas.
I know that the III will not take one more step backward.
Laws mean nothing when they are ignored.
The things that won’t be ignored are the idiots that think they have the power to remove from me my God given rights.
That will ignite the fuse that no person in the government has the power to extinguish. These are things men die for.
I’m sure it’s pretty easy to deny the blue cities their deliveries of food, fuel and toilet paper.
Just look at the NY and NJ coastal towns after Sandy.
Those folks were looking for weapons to defend their lives and property.
So, buy all the ammo you can afford, and a healthy supply of food, fuel and toilet paper.
III/0317

dirtengineer on February 21, 2013 at 6:54 PM

“Both the minimum wage and reducing gun violence are priority issues in the districts we need to win,” Israel said.

 
They’ve finally admitted that low-info, low-skill voters are their base.

rogerb on February 21, 2013 at 6:54 PM

“Both the minimum wage and reducing gun violence are priority issues in the districts we need to win,” Israel said.

And both will do very little to really help people…..not that it matters.

CW on February 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM

what?, like 50.8% of the vote.

and at 5$ a gallon, that car wont be driveable long.

WryTrvllr on February 21, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Conventional wisdom says you’re right, but conventional wisdom also said a president this bad wouldn’t have had a prayer at reelection.

Besides, what makes you think Obama’s going to take the blame for $5 gasoline? He’ll say it’s global demand, oil production is at all time highs, etc, etc and blame Republicans for blocking his investments in algae cars and CAFE standards. Press will pick up the ball and run with it, and the now majority of morons will fall for it again.

Ask him about Steven Chu and his dreams of $8 gasoline? “Oh, he misspoke and was misunderstood – next question.”

crrr6 on February 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Higher min wage, less people hired, more people turn to crime, stricter gun laws, more innocents victimized.

Forward.

Bishop on February 21, 2013 at 6:58 PM

SHALL
NOT
BE
INFRINGED

….MOTHERF(((RS !

:)

but in all seriousness, too, they can stick their gun laws up their buttcracks. Will not comply.

TX-96 on February 21, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Just wondering. How do they propose handling employees who have worked there way up from minimum wage to $11 or $12/Hour?

Will those employees be sent back to the bottom of the pay scale, or will Pelosi boldly suggest that wages need to be proportionally increased in keeping with the new minimum wage?

Yah, that’ll go over well. (certainly not from employers!)

can_con on February 21, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Libs have a strange definition of fairness.

CW on February 21, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Guess I’ll be sweeping my own shop floors, the kid I pay now is going to be too expensive.

Hope n Change!

Bishop on February 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

crrr6 on February 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Granted, the “Annointed One” is an outlier in the political spectrum, non-unlike the Mule in the “Foundation” series. (phyically too!!)

But since we only, therefore, have two data points to extrapolate from, you cannot go on the assumtion that all is lost in 2014.

Hispanics made up a higher % of the population in 2012 than 2008. He STILL got 3 million votes less.

WryTrvllr on February 21, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Just wondering. How do they propose handling employees who have worked there way up from minimum wage to $11 or $12/Hour?

Many still working will have their pay bumped up accordingly and many will have working hours reduced to account for that bump or be let go.

Union workers whose wages are tied to the minimum wage will cry for joy. Of course the higher wages will be more than offset by what should be expected higher costs for goods and services.

hawkeye54 on February 21, 2013 at 7:12 PM

So whats your prediction Allah for next year? I still think the GOP and its voters are still trying to recoup from their 2012 losses. I think we’ll keep the house and get some senate seats

Flapjackmaka on February 21, 2013 at 7:13 PM

…Botox the Bucks!

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Higher min wage, less people hired, more people turn to crime, more people on the government dole, stricter gun laws, more innocents victimized.

Forward.

FIFY. Small businesses are the primary target for extinction here. Only multinational corporations and BigGov (TM) will be able to exist.

hawkeye54 on February 21, 2013 at 7:15 PM

A min-wage hike now will blow the legs out from under ever business in the mall I work at. Contrary to the right-wing stereotype, most of the people making min-wage are NOT teenagers…a frightening number are professionals who’ve been displaced.

Tim at corporate HQ must be turning grey-haired by now. Go into the place anytime but lunch (and even then sometimes) and it’s almost as quiet as a library.

MelonCollie on February 21, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Higher min wage, less people hired, more people turn to crime, stricter gun laws, more innocents victimized.

Forward.

Bishop on February 21, 2013 at 6:58 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhdUt4bJWQo

Honestly. Move on.

WryTrvllr on February 21, 2013 at 7:22 PM

That “raising the minimum wage” polls well tells me more than I need to know about the USA..:(

Dire Straits on February 21, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Libs have a strange definition of fairness.

CW on February 21, 2013 at 7:01 PM

hawkeye54 on February 21, 2013 at 7:12 PM

I probably should have put an /end snark after my question.

Libs can not think one step past their own policy decisions.

On second thought, I think they fully know what havoc this will create.

can_con on February 21, 2013 at 7:31 PM

http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/21/illinois-state-senator-pushes-anti-anonymity-bill/

Democrat leadership—aka the devil

republicans……..aka the devils prettier sister.

Pick your poison America……..and don’t do it anonymously like Senator Silberstein wants to ban.

PappyD61 on February 21, 2013 at 6:33 PM

He could at least start by requiring that government employees use their own name on official emails.
Of course, it would be interesting to see how many media figures double as sock-puppets on their own web posts.

AesopFan on February 21, 2013 at 7:51 PM

It’s the same decision the assholes in NY will have to confront next year.
We passed the “people Control” law but the people refuse to obey it.
What now?

Cuomo’s approval down to 54% among men.

monalisa on February 21, 2013 at 8:05 PM

My tired eyes read minimum age. I thought this was another Menendez story…

Fallon on February 21, 2013 at 8:10 PM

It’s about rattling off a bunch of stuff that sounds good or good-ish to the average voter and emphasizing that the GOP is implacably opposed to all of it.

No, the LOW INFORMATION voter.

As for raising the minimum wage, yeah the dumb asses might think it’s great, UNTIL THEY START PICKING UP THE TAB EVERY TIME THEY BUY SOMETHING.

GarandFan on February 21, 2013 at 8:29 PM

$6 Trillion in new debt in only 4 years….setting records for ‘monthly’, ‘annual’, & ‘total’ deficit-spending…nearly 41 trillion to fund NON-shovel ready ‘shovel ready’ projects/union projects, & more – over 7,000 pieces of pork…Fast & Furious – thousands of guns & grenades to Mexican Drug Cartels, over 300 murder victims – including Americans – & no accountability….the 1st US credit rating downgrade….helping terrorists in libya & Egypt take over their nations while turning their backs on Iranians who rose up for freedom…$16.5 trillion in debt yet GIVING the terrorist group the Muslim Brotherhood 16 brand new fighters & 200 tanks…refusing to provide additional security to Ambassador Stevens after 2 previous terrorist attacks against him, ordering response units to stand down rather than to go help 2 ex-navy SEALS who fought off 100 terrorists for 7 hours, allowing multiple US Embassies be overrun/burned on the anniversary of 9/11/12…CREATED Sequestration – the plan that will cost 300,000 military & civilian jobs associated with just the army alone then attempting to blame the GOP for doing it – & partly getting away with it because this nation is inhabited by so many ignorant, lazy Americans who would rather sponge off the tax payers, selfishly riding the ‘gravy train’ all the way down into economic collapse.

If America votes the Democrats back into control of the House, giving them control again of all 3 part on Capitol Hill it will deserve the horrific collapse of this nation Karl Marx predeicted was the only way we could fall – FROM WITHIN!

Will the last American out please bring the flag?!

easyt65 on February 21, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Let’s run on a platform of wiping out another Constitutional right and destroying more small businesses based on more false emotional pretexts. Why not? We own the media and the Republicans are functionally cataleptic. Repeat strategy every two years until America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Organizing for America aka the Democrat Party.

rrpjr on February 21, 2013 at 8:46 PM

forcing employers to pay wages above what the market suggests is bound to have all sorts of pernicious economic consequences, starting with higher unemployment

That is, after all, exactly what happened the last time that Democrats took control of the House and Senate

The Bush Tax Cut recovery, which raised both employment levels (from 62.0% in September 2003 to 63.4% in December 2006) and revenues (FY 2007 revenues were up a whopping 44% larger than FY 2003 revenues!) came to a sudden end when Democrats took control of both houses Congress on January 3, 2007 and on January 5, 2007 introduced a bill to raise the minimum wage three times in three years.

That bill was eventually passed as a rider to troop funding (the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007), and the minimum wage was raised three times in three years, from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour (a more than 40% increase in 3 years).

1) Up $0.70 to $5.85 per hour on 2007-07-24,
2) up $0.70 to $6.55 per hour on 2008-07-24,
3) up $0.70 to $7.25 per hour on 2009-07-24.

And the Employment-Population Ratio dropped to:
62.9% in July 2007,
62.2% in July 2008,
59.3% in July 2009, and
finally settled to around 58.7% and has been at or below 58.7% for nearly three and a half years. There has been NO RECOVERY in employment under Obama.

Now they want to raise the minimum wage by $1.75 to $9.00 per hour … a more than 24% increase, or a nearly 75% increase from where it was when employment was 63.4% of our civilian non-institutional population age 16+. I don’t think the Republicans in the House will pass that, but if the Dems manage to push this through somehow, you can bet that the Employment-Population Ratio will drop even further.

ITguy on February 21, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Obama created Sequestration…He promised it would never happen…he refuses to ‘turn it off’…as mentioned, 300,000 associated with the Army alone will lose their jobs…after having our 1st NEGATIVE leve of growth, Sequestration will halt any forward progress our economy has..investigations in key swing states where Obama had to win – and won in impossible fashion (won a district where there were over 5,000 registered GOP voters but not 1 vote was cast for Romney…another where 140% of the population voted – meaning 40% more people than actually existed in that district voted for Obama)…investigation shows that Democratic Voters on county election boards – tasked with overseeing & preventing voter fraud – committed criminal acts of voter fraud by voting multiple times – one admittedly 6 times (Can you say ‘Stolen Election’?!)

To all the idiots who voted for Obama a 2nd time – after the constant lies, record-setting deficit-spending, lack of accountability in regards to CRIMES committed by Cabinet Members, a body count of over 300 civilians, and even who committed crimes – voter fraud – to put this POS back in office…..Part of me hopes you are among the hundreds of thousands of Americans who lose their jobs as a direct result of Sequestration – the self-imposed, military/economy/destroying plan OBAME CAME UP WITH. Part of me hopes you lose your houses, hope you lose all that you have, and reap the ‘rewards’ of your ignorance, nation-destroying partisanship & greed…but the other part reminds me I am a Christian and urges me to deny that other half and simply pray for you, which I will do…

easyt65 on February 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM

And let us never forget that the last time the Democrats were trying to win the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi promised “no new deficit spending”, and then once she controlled the House, she tripled deficit spending in her 1st budget (FY 2008), and then tripled it again in her 2nd budget (FY 2009).

ITguy on February 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM

easyt65 on February 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM

I’m a member of the Orthodox Druids and I don’t give a kernel of mouse shit about any politician or any individual that believes they have the power to eliminate my God guven rights.
I will do my best to dispatch every one of them to the devil they love.
III/0317

dirtengineer on February 21, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Never forget what Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats promised:

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

Vs. what Nancy Pelosi delivered:

She inherited a FY 2007 budget with a deficit of less than $161 Billion.

She nearly tripled the deficit in FY 2008 to $459 Billion.

She more than tripled the deficit AGAIN in FY 2009 to $1,413 Billion (over $1.41 Trillion).

She didn’t even pass a budget for FY 2010 or FY 2011. But the deficits in both of those Fiscal Years were $1.3 Trillion each year.

Again, Pelosi inherited an annual deficit of less than $161 Billion and promised “no new deficit spending”. Yet in the 4 Fiscal Years over which she presided (2 of which she passed a budget for, and 2 of which she only passed continuing resolutions) she was responsible for $4.5 Trillion in new deficit spending.

And when you factor in that money “borrowed” from Social Security makes the annual budget deficits look smaller, the true total national debt picture is even worse.

When the FY 2007 budget (passed by the Republican House, Senate, and President in 2005) ended on September 30, 2007, Nancy Pelosi inherited a total national debt of: $9.0 Trillion

After the four Fiscal Years over which Nancy Pelosi presided, the total national debt on September 30, 2011 was $14.8 Trillion.

Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat majority were responsible for an increase to the total national debt of $5.8 Trillion in just 4 short years. All after winning the 2006 elections promising, “no new deficit spending”.

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.

ITguy on February 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

The SIX WORST DEFICITS in the history of America have all come while DEMOCRATS controlled a majority of Washington, D.C. (holding 2+ of the House, Senate, and Presidency): FY 2008 – FY 2013.
1) FY 2009 $1,413 Billion Deficit Democrat Majority
2) FY 2012 $1,327 Billion Deficit Democrat Majority
3) FY 2011 $1,300 Billion Deficit Democrat Majority
4) FY 2010 $1,293 Billion Deficit Democrat Majority
5) FY 2013 $901 Billion Deficit (assuming sequester happens) Democrat Majority
6) FY 2008 $459 Billion Deficit Democrat Majority

And the FIVE BIGGEST SURPLUSES in the history of America have all come when REPUBLICANS controlled a majority of Washington, D.C. (holding 2+ of the House, Senate, and Presidency):

1) FY 2000 $236 Billion Surplus Republican Majority
2) FY 2001 $128 Billion Surplus Republican Majority
3) FY 1999 $126 Billion Surplus Republican Majority
4) FY 1998 $69 Billion Surplus Republican Majority
5) FY 1948 $12 Billion Surplus Republican Majority

ITguy on February 21, 2013 at 10:20 PM

At this point I’m not sure the Dems need to promise anything to win. The GOP is so utterly hapless, and their base it so thoroughly disgusted, that there’s unlikely to be anything near the turnout of 2010.

There’s just no incentive to vote when a solid majority of the American parasites voters really like what’s going on.

Hell… read ITguy’s posts. Whether people are ignorant of these facts or simply don’t care doesn’t matter. We are now a Left-of-Center nation.

I can’t wait to hear Boehner & Co. bleating about how critical it is that Republicans turn out in 2014 to “…stop the Obama agenda.” We’re effectively living in a one-party state now.

SAMinVA on February 22, 2013 at 8:02 AM