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Friday, November 19, 2010

The Washington Post babbled again today about Obama inheriting a huge deficit from Bush. Amazingly enough, a lot of people swallow this nonsense.
So once more, a short civics lesson.

Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party.

Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for FY 2008 and FY 2009 as well as FY 2010 and FY 2011.

In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

For FY 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the FY 2009 budgets.

And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete FY 2009. Let's remember what the deficits looked like during that period: (below)

If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the FY 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself.

In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is - I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I presided over an expansion of that deficit four-fold since January 20th, 2009.

There is no way this will be widely publicized, Unless each of us sends it on! This is your chance to make a difference.
If it hasn't gotten your attention yet.

Unless you're in a government job, you've seen a major contraction in the job picture. But you probably already knew that.
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    It's ironic how when the truth is proven, it's time to stop talking about responsibility. Cannot WAIT til next elections. I say - Educate the public.
    2695 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this informative blog....Karen
    2739 days ago
    My response to this is not intended to take away from your message. I would really wish to agree with you that the messages we need to hear aren't getting accross as we spend too much time denigrating the other sides position. If we could get to work on solving the deficit together instead of blaming each other things might improve. Too Pollyana? Well, the country is split right down the middle and until we solve this - our problems will only increase, deficit or not. Perhaps the deficit is the way we can measure the success of our ability to work together. We're not doing a good job no matter the political party we side on.

    I agree with you, we need to hear all sides of the argument. Frankly though, I don't want to bother with who did what. It doesn't focus on priority which is working together to create a more positive future - one that may or may not include a deficit but will for some time to come - we have it now.

    Until we manage to get this 50/50 split healed we'll keep inheriting deficits and polarized positions that only make the situation worse. The issues you mention are important clearly but it's not important what side we are on. What is important is that we see sides and focus on the side where the other party isn't perfect.

    I liked the Slowest Losers blog today. He suggested that if we have difficult speaking to another and can't see their perspective, that we should try wishing for and giving them what we wish for ourselves. If we can do this Republicans and Democrats alike, we might succeed in reducing the deficit and working cooperatively to fix our common problems.

    Your comments are likely to be widely publicized since Obama has lots of detractors. He also has lots of supporters. Focusing on who's for vs who's agin will propagate the problem. Perhaps we need a President who can bring us all together! Oh no, that means a bigger war is coming. Historically that's the the one thing that tends to bring polar opposites together!

    We need to learn to listen to each other's perspective instead of believing that we each have the others demise in mind. I plead for all of us to develop a kinder listening for those who believe otherwise.

    A wise Spark Friend of mine posted this today - ' Be kind to your enemies, it makes them crazy!' I can't remember who said this but it alone highlights how we got into trouble in the first place.

    Boy, I've been writing this and feeling more uncomfortable as I keep going. I wonder if I am being rude or ridiculous in my response but I believe with all I've got that this is so and so our political situation is the results of not being able to see, work with and collaborate with another...

    The spirit of independence in America is what made us great and what might bring us down if we can't acknowledge we are so much alike despite what it looks like from the outside!

    emoticon blog to get us thinking and for me personally to stretch my courage to speak up. Thanks for posting!

    emoticon Together we can do anything!
    2742 days ago
    Well said.
    2742 days ago
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