Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Deficits Will Increase Under Democratic Rule

David Brooks is whining today, in the NYT, about how the federal deficit will balloon under an administration controlled by Democrats. He is probably right, but why hasn't he mentioned the way the deficit has ballooned over the last 8 years, or during the Reagan administration or the Nixon administration. It appears that an increase in the federal deficit is just fine with Brooks as long as it is the Republicans that are increasing the deficit (also known as lining the pockets of their friends).

And, has Brooks asked himself what happened to the surplus that was started under the Clinton administration? What happened with those surplus dollars? What about an unnecessary, unwinnable war in Iraq to the tune of 10-20 billion dollars a month for the last 5 years? Could that spending have anything to due with an increase in the federal deficit? Certainly giving the surplus dollars back to the wealthy couldn't have had an effect on the deficit. Or, the fact that Republicans hate government (until corporations need bailing out) so much that they appoint incompetents to run government departments or regulators that don't belive in regulation.

We're already hearing about how Democrats are responsible for the mess our government currently finds itself. Nevermind that Republicans have been in almost complete power for the last 6 out of 8 years. Unfortunately, it's going to take more than 4 years to even begin to repair the effects of Republican rule both at home and abroad.

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