Are Democrats still out there doing a victory dance over “beating” conservative Republicans in their attempt to rein in this out of control government? I had enough and turned off the news early this afternoon. What amazes me is the things they say, and the media letting them get away with it. Why doesn’t the media ever mention what these people were saying in 2006 about spending and debt? They had plenty to say back then, and it’s exactly the opposite of what they’re saying today. Victor Davis Hanson thinks it’s too bad Obama doesn’t take his own advice from back then, when the deficit was $250 billion a year, a fraction of what it is under his “leadership.”
Yet if both sides would agree to just follow the earlier advice of President Obama, tempers might cool and a deal could still be reached. And had President Obama himself just listened to earlier guidance from Barack Obama, his opponents might have had no cause for either a government shutdown or another debt-ceiling crisis.
In 2006, Obama rightly called for an end to the Bush administration’s intemperate deficit spending that had resulted in a yearly deficit of $250 billion that year. Accordingly, Sen. Obama voted to shut down the government rather than extend the debt ceiling.
He explained it this way: “Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
Obama rightly further warned: “Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America’s priorities. Instead, interest payments are a significant tax on all Americans — a debt tax that Washington doesn’t want to talk about.”
The next year, Obama voted “present” rather than OK adding another $160 billion to the debt. Then-Sen. Joe Biden, Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi agreed with Obama’s deficit worries, at various times voting no to President Bush’s requests to raise the debt ceiling.
Please read the whole thing, if only as a reminder of the facts most in the media continue to ignore.