Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Fiscal Responsibility Update

By Manifesto Joe

Those tax-and-spend Democrats are at it again. Their budget bill has $11 billion more than Bush's proposal, and would squander it on useless programs for education and health research. That figure is almost what the U.S. spends on the Iraq war every month. Just think of the waste.

The White House didn't tarry with a veto threat on this. It came Saturday, before they had even seen the bill. The Associated Press reported White House budget chief Jim Nussle (wouldn't you just love to have this bozo's job?) as saying: "This so-called compromise would result in more excess spending than even the Democrats' original budget included. This is not fiscally responsible."

This from an administration that, aside from the Iraq war, is ready to add $50 billion to the annual deficit to keep upper-middle-class people from having to pay the Alternative Minimum Tax. (See previous post.)

To put this in bigger perspective, the $11 billion that the Bushies are talking about is part of an appropriations bill that hovers around $500 billion plus. We're talking about an increase of around 2% to help out some underfunded domestic needs. Hearing them label this as fiscal irresponsibility is, at best, cartoonish, considering the tax bonanzas they have handed out to the wealthy during the very time when shared sacrifice should have been stressed. And, to repeat myself, there is the cost of this (very needless) war.

I have long given up on the Bush administration's public minions ever talking like they remember what happened yesterday. They assume, rightly, that much of the public doesn't. But some people manage. I hope many will remember come November.

Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.


cwilcox said...

We threw Nussle (the one eyed muscle) out of office here in Iowa when he foolishly thought he was loved enough to give up his House Seat for a run at Governor. True to Bush cronism, he threw the guy upstairs and promoted him to his level of incompetence. I hope people are payint attention too Manifesto. We can not afford four more years of this fiscal conservatism.

Marc McDonald said...

One thing I will give the GOP credit for: they have a great history revision machine.
I've talked to countless Republicans over the years who all blame the titanic deficits of the 1980s not on Reagan, but the Dem Congress.
(Al Franken totally debunked this lie in "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them").
GOP writers have repeated this lie so many times that I've even seen it creep into the MSM on occasion.
The GOP history revision machine took a bumbling, incompetent, half-senile fool like Reagan and transformed him into a Great Statesman Who Single-Handedly Won The Cold War.
God only knows what great claims they'll make for George W. Bush in future years. And if our economy melts down because of Bush's gigantic deficits, they'll put all the blame on the Dems, of course.
(They're already placing all the blame for 9/11 on President Clinton).

Marc McDonald said...

As a followup to my last comment, I'd just like to point out that the idea that President Clinton's supposed policy failures were to blame for 9/11 has been gaining more and more followers in the past few years.

The idea started out on a few fringe far-right blogs. It picked up steam on right-wing radio and Fox News. It has now begun seeping into the MSM.

Shortly before the 2006 elections, ABC ran a miniseries called "The Path to 9/11" that essentially placed all the blame for 9/11 on Clinton's supposed policy failures. The movie's screenplay was written by a personal friend of Rush Limbaugh.

It was pre-screened to a friendly audience of a select group of right-wing bloggers, GOP talk show hosts, and other GOP luminaries. (Clinton's request for a pre-screening was denied).

The idea that "Clinton was responsible for 9/11" has come a long ways---from fringe blogs to multi-million dollar high-profile TV series on ABC.