Obama’s Base Quits Blaming Bush
As someone who’s written extensively on this very topic, I really appreciated the way McKinnon broke down the top 10 reasons why Democrats are toast and think his entire column bears reading, but this one happens to be my favorite since I’ve been screaming it for the last 4 years now, since the Democrats took over Congress:
Folks in the real world don’t blame Bush for decisions made by Democrats—in control of the House, Senate, and White House—in the last two years.
-- Mark McKinnon, The Daily Beast
Here McKinnon gets it mostly right, however he fails to recognize that Democrats have had control of Congress since 2006, and therefore have been responsible for the exploding budget deficits of the last three years. Congress controls the spending purse strings after all, the President does not.
The last Bush/Republican budget deficit of 2007 (created by the Republican Congress of 2006) was $210 billion dollars, including costs of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Democrats seized control of Congress in January of 2007 and promptly blew the budget deficit up to $450 billion dollars for fiscal year 2008, then more than quadrupled it for 2009.
** Note: Congress passes its budgets for the next Fiscal Year. The first Democrat Budget passed in 2007 for fiscal year 2008.
Is it any surprise that 2009’s budget deficit exceeded $1.75 TRILLION dollars, and for 2010 is projected to be $1.3 TRILLION, and continuing to run deficits as far as the eye can see?
Anyone who looks at these facts quickly loses confidence in the Democrats “ability” to control spending. This is why the Democrats theme of “Blame Bush” continues today, they want to distract from their own exploding budget deficits and once again make the upcoming election about Bush. From their perspective, it worked in 2008 – even though Bush couldn’t run again – so why wouldn’t it work again?
But then there’s that old adage, “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.”
I suspect voters won’t be fooled again, they’ve seen who’s been running things the last two years as Democrats have controlled the House, Senate and White House and don’t like how their tax money is being spent, and their children are forced into tax servitude for this Administration’s economic follies.
As McKinnon points out, the economy and government spending are but two of the ten reasons voters will turn away Democrats this fall, read his excellent analysis here.