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October 29, 2005

Never Forget

-- by Dave Johnson

Never forget that the massive government budget deficits were intentional. When the Clinton surplus started to shrink, Bush called it "incredibly positive news."

PRESIDENT ASSERTS SHRUNKEN SURPLUS MAY CURB CONGRESS,

President Bush said today that there was a benefit to the government's fast-dwindling surplus, declaring that it will create ''a fiscal straitjacket for Congress.'' He said that was ''incredibly positive news'' because it would halt the growth of the federal government.
And then the Republicans, controlling Congress, started spending like there was no tomorrow. See The Republican Spending Explosion, from the far-right-wing Cato Institute,

Total federal outlays will rise 29 percent between fiscal years 2001 and 2005 according to the president's fiscal year 2005 budget released in February. Real discretionary spending increases in fiscal years 2002, 2003, and 2004 are three of the five biggest annual increases in the last 40 years.

. . . Congress has failed to contain the administration's overspending and has added new spending of its own. Republicans have clearly forfeited any claim of being the fiscally responsible party in Washington.

Massive tax cuts for the rich, massive spending increases on "pork" and military. Massive borrowing from China and Japan...

Bush has never vetoed a spending bill - or any other bill, for that matter. And as far as I know he has never fired anyone. No oversight, no accountability, no standards, no restraint.

Posted by Dave Johnson at October 29, 2005 4:31 PM

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Never vetoed a spending bill? Is that true? If so, what does that imply about all of our Senators and Representatives who can't seem to formulate a bill that is less to the liking of Bush? Why do the Democrats cooperate at all with Republicans if the neo-con agenda is so destructive (which it is)? Yes, I am aware that the Republicans now "control" Congress. And yet, I have listened intently and have heard very little minority opposition.

Posted by: Edie at October 29, 2005 5:57 PM

They are very undisciplined, aren't they?

Posted by: grannyinsanity [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 29, 2005 9:33 PM

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