OK. We get it. You want to fault one party and praise another. Good for you. As if I am surprised by what you had to say.Some thoughts on this thread:
The conservative R's have called for cutting taxes and cutting spending since Reagan first appeared on the national scene during the primary campaign in 1976. Beginning in 1994 the R's controlled the Congress (recall the Conract with America), and with the election of Bush&Co in 2000 controlled all three branches of the Federal Government after Bush packed the supreme court with conservatives.
How well did that play out?
Clinton, with a Republican Congress was able to bring spending under control - both deserve credit. But remember, the RW of the R's attacked Clinton during his entire eight years in office.
Bush immediately cut taxes, claiming it was to fix our economy, engaged in two wars off budget and expanded the federal government beyond that of any prior administration.
Obama inherited a crisis, in foreign affairs, domestic affairs and in a house divided. For his entire first year + he has been under attack much as Clinton experience.
The RW of the Republican Party has devolved into a spiteful, ignorant and hysterical movement but its roots go back to the Whiskey Rebellion of the late 18th Century. It's time for the hateful rhetoric to stop or we my see history repeat itself; the hope of the majority of Americans is for fair treatment and a civil society - the few and the fringe seem to hope for a violent confrontation and the last time that occurred over 600,000 young Americans died, nearly 150 years ago.
Maybe some of you younger 'rebels' ought to go to the battlefields of that war, and other national cemetaries and read a few headstones. War and Rebellion are not pretty, and be well aware that those (Beck, Limbaugh, Palin, et al) will not march into battle, they will beat the drums of war from the safety of their living rooms.
Doing both may be the answer. Problem is, we all know what happens. We raise taxes, promise o cut "fraud in spending" but that never ends up happening.
We came close to a deprerssion in recent years?We all keep forgetting how close we came to another DEPRESSION UNDER BUSH. Obama had to do something radical to get us to where we are right now......on the path to a better America. Period.
Rewrite History MUCH?Raising taxes to close the deficit never works. It has never worked in any state that tried it. All it does is produce more revenue for the gov't to spend to expand its list of goodies, which is how they keep getting re-elected.
Reagan was right: You starve gov't of revenue to keep it small. There is no other way.
They can't stop spending. They just passed yet another huge entitlement program that will likely go bankrupt in a few years. The only thing they can do is raise taxes and hope the people don't revolt.Why doesn't the government do this: stop spending, period; cut 20% from all departments; make due with the money they will get when the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of the year; stop spending, now??
And when the people revolt?They can't stop spending. They just passed yet another huge entitlement program that will likely go bankrupt in a few years. The only thing they can do is raise taxes and hope the people don't revolt.Why doesn't the government do this: stop spending, period; cut 20% from all departments; make due with the money they will get when the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of the year; stop spending, now??