Raise your hand if you think Ronald Reagan WANTED to raise the debt ceiling 18 times.
You see, Barack Obama thinks you are breathtakingly stupid. He counts on it, in fact. And he may be right. Obama wants to say in passing that Ronald Reagan raised the debt ceiling 18 times and leave you with the dimwitted impression that the reason Reagan kept raising the debt ceiling is because he was just utterly irresponsible with his spending.
But here’s the question: why did Reagan have to come back to the Democrats with his hat in his hand an average of every five months throughout his entire presidency?
Because Democrats wanted to torment him, that’s why. Democrats FORCED Reagan to keep coming back again and again and again and again. You know, the same way they say would be so awful for Republicans to do to Obama now.
Listen to the Democrats attack on Republicans for considering a short term debt ceiling increase like, oh, the Democrats forced on Reagan an average of every single 5 months of his entire presidency:
A senior House Democrat on Monday alleged that Republicans want the short-term debt increase in order to kill the economic recovery and blame President Obama for high unemployment.
House Natural Resources Committee ranking member Edward Markey (D-Mass.) on Monday said that a two-stop approach being weighed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to force another debt-ceiling vote next year was a “cynical” ploy to keep a cloud over the economy.
“The Boehner approach really intends to have another debate next year that is just as big and that’s their point. A big debate this year puts a cloud over the markets and the economic environment, and another debate next year will do the same thing to our economic recovery,” he told a news conference. “So it’s a very cynical, regain-the-majority strategy that puts the entire economy at risk.”
That doesn’t sound very good of those nasty Republicans, does it?
Obama has said he would even veto a short term stopgap bill. One of the big reasons he wants a longer term bill that will carry him past the November 2012 election is that it will get his reckless spending off the table. Other than that, he’s right: a longer term deal WOULD help the country have a little more stability, which would be a good thing if we could get it. That said, I would ask if Obama actually believes such stability and certainty is a good thing, why Obama has refused to allow such similiar certainty and stability in terms of taxes, or regulations, or health care costs, or energy availability, etc.??? Why has the guy been constantly threatening to raise taxes, so people would not be able to be sure what their tax liability would be? Why is it that there are more than a 120 new regulations being written on employment? Why does Boeing not get the certainty of knowing the NLRD won’t be out to destroy them for building a plant in a right to work state? Why are there hundreds of regulations being written for ObamaCare such that NOBODY knows what that mess will look like? I mean, the “stability’ argument would have been a good one if Obama had applied it to just ONE OTHER THING. But he didn’t. Which is why his demand for a long term debt ceiling deal is much more likely entirely political, and to HELL with any other consideration.
Now, I would argue that the primary reason that Republicans are looking at short-term increases is because there isn’t anywhere NEAR enough agreement to have a long-term extension. Obama wanting tax hikes even after he previously said – and I quote – “You don’t raise taxes during a recession” – might well mean either we have a short-term increase to get us through the immediate crisis or we have NOTHING AT ALL.
But let’s assume that Edward Markey isn’t just a vile lying weasel demagoguing rat bastard and assume he’s pointing out the truth.
So why in the HELL on Democrats’ own tortured reasoning did they torture Ronald Reagan every five months on average???? I’d like Obama to answer that. If you’re going to cite Reagan raising the debt ceiling 18 times as somehow working in your favor, Barry Hussein, you could at least explain why Republicans shouldn’t force you to come to them and beg to raise the debt ceiling 18 times during YOUR mis-presidency.
And let’s remember that Barack Obama is the worst kind of cynical political opportunist. Let’s remember how he ripped into George Bush in a vicious personal attack when it was George Bush who needed to raise the debt ceiling:
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure,” he said. “It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”
So why the hell shouldn’t Republicans leave you twisting in the wind given your pleasure in watching George Bush twist in the wind? Why shouldn’t they just let the whole damn economy collapse by acting the same vile way YOU acted, you slime in chief?
How about if we add another major Democrat failure who has been demonizing Republicans over their opposition to the Democrats’ TOTAL ABSENCE OF ANY PLAN to raise the debt ceiling? What did Harry Reid say when Bush was president and he was the same vile piece of rotten filth Senator he is now?
REID: “If my Republican friends believe that increasing our debt by almost $800 billion today and more than $3 trillion over the last five years is the right thing to do, they should be upfront about it. They should explain why they think more debt is good for the economy.
How can the Republican majority in this Congress explain to their constituents that trillions of dollars in new debt is good for our economy? How can they explain that they think it’s fair to force our children, our grandchildren, our great grandchildren to finance this debt through higher taxes. That’s what it will have to be. Why is it right to increase our nation’s dependence on foreign creditors?
They should explain this. Maybe they can convince the public they’re right. I doubt it. Because most Americans know that increasing debt is the last thing we should be doing. After all, I repeat, the Baby Boomers are about to retire. Under the circumstances, any credible economist would tell you we should be reducing debt, not increasing it. Democrats won’t be making argument to supper this legalization, which will weaken our country.”
WHY DON’T YOU ANSWER YOUR OWN QUESTIONS NOW, HARRY REID?!?!?!
Why don’t YOU explain why we should NEVER balance our budget like the Republicans want to do with an amendment that will REQUIRE a balanced budget?!?!? You know, in light of your OWN demagoguery.
You see, the Republicans have publicly said that they spent too much, but they learned their lesson and they want to STOP THE MADNESS.
For hypocrite demagogues like you and Barack Obama, cutting spending is all just talk and posturing. You want to plunge this country off a cliff, and you’re prepared to demonize anybody who so much as tries to slow you down.
I just thought someone should point out that in Obama’s own demagogic tirade yesterday, he openly acknowledged that his party is a bunch of nasty hypocrite cockroaches by his own standard.
Now, having said that, I think I can also explain why the deficit shot up so much under Reagan’s presidency. Reagan wanted a balanced budget amendment, saying, for example:
“Most Americans understand the need for a balanced budget, and most Americans have seen how difficult it is for the Congress to withstand the pressures for more spending. This amendment will force government to stay within the limit of its revenues. Government will have to do what each of us does with our own family budgets – spend no more than we can afford.”
Reagan’s tax cuts actually MASSIVELY INCREASED GOVERNMENT REVENUES. So why did the debt increase?
Go back to Reagan coming to Democrats with his hat in his hand an average of every five months to increase the debt ceiling and thereby keep the government running.
Republicans want to cut spending. But what do you think Democrats wanted when Reagan was president? Democrats wanted to INCREASE spending. And they were in a position – about every five moths on average for a grand total of 18 times by Obama’s own count – to force Reagan to increase government spending in order to get all those 18 debt ceiling increases every five months or so.
Alternatively, when Bill Clinton was president, the deficit was dramatically reduced. And why was that? Because Clinton and Democrats failed so massively the first two years of Clinton’s presidency that Republicans swept into power over both branches of Congress in the historic 1994 Republican Revolution. And they FORCED Clinton to say “The era of big government is over.” Republicans began to act on the very first platform of the Contract with America, which called for balancing the budget. That, and of course, with Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush having just won the Cold War and putting an end to the Soviet Union, Bill Clinton was able to gut the Pentagon and Intelligence agencies budgets (which helped precipitate the 9/11 disaster, for what it’s worth).
When it comes to penetrating Obama’s constant web of demonization and lies, a few facts go a long way indeed.