I came upon this article from AP News today titled “Fact Check: Obama Disowns Deficit He Helped Shaped” which is actually a piece from The Daily Journal of Cumberland County, NJ. As I reading the content of this article, I was flabbergasted to notice how similar the articles line of argument debunking Obama’s claim that he inherited the deficit. I am not trying to say that I have sole rights on this idea but I can at least claim that I’ve had this idea for a while and I posted it on my Myspace blog on March 27, 2009 titled “Facts of the Matter“. My blog posting precedesd the AP News article by more than a month. Check out the similarities.
Here is the excerpt from AP news:
OBAMA: “Number one, we inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit…. That wasn’t me. Number two, there is almost uniform consensus among economists that in the middle of the biggest crisis, financial crisis, since the Great Depression, we had to take extraordinary steps. So you’ve got a lot of Republican economists who agree that we had to do a stimulus package and we had to do something about the banks. Those are one-time charges, and they’re big, and they’ll make our deficits go up over the next two years.” – in Missouri.
Congress controls the purse strings, not the president, and it was under Democratic control for Obama’s last two years as Illinois senator. Obama supported the emergency bailout package in President George W. Bush’s final months – a package Democratic leaders wanted to make bigger.
To be sure, Obama opposed the Iraq war, a drain on federal coffers for six years before he became president. But with one major exception, he voted in support of Iraq war spending.
The economy has worsened under Obama, though from forces surely in play before he became president, and he can credibly claim to have inherited a grim situation.
Still, his response to the crisis goes well beyond “one-time charges.”
He’s persuaded Congress to expand children’s health insurance, education spending, health information technology and more. He’s moving ahead on a variety of big-ticket items on health care, the environment, energy and transportation that, if achieved, will be more enduring than bank bailouts and aid for homeowners.
The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimated his policy proposals would add a net $428 billion to the deficit over four years, even accounting for his spending reduction goals. Now, the deficit is nearly quadrupling to $1.75 trillion.
Here is the excerpt from my Myspace blog:
FACT # 1
Our federal government is set up where there is a separation of powers that is mandated by the Constitution and (should) operate in the manner prescribed by the Constitution.
This separation of power dictates that it is the president’ job to propose a federal budget and Congress is to vote on passing or rejecting the budget. Congress is also allowed to make amendments to the proposal prior to voting on it. Then the judicial branch must review the budget for the constitutionality of its components.
FACT # 2
From 2000 to 2008, Bush was the president and the Republican Party was the majority that controlled both the House of Representatives and the Senate from 2000 to 2006. From 2006 to present, the Democratic Party took over the majority of both chambers of Congress. So, considering FACT # 1, from 2000 to 2006 the Republicans are totally responsible for the deficit. From 2006 to present, the Democrats are solely responsible for the deficit.
FACT # 3
Obama was a member of the Senate as a Democrat from 2005 to 2008 and now he is the president. So, he is part responsible of the deficit from the time he joined congress in 2005 to 2008. From the time he became the president until he leaves office, him and the Democrat controlled congress is responsible for the deficit.
I have always known these facts and I frequently use it to counter Obama supporters claim that he inherited the deficit.
Not all can be fooled by Obama’s eloquence. Only a drone will ignore these glaring facts of Obama’s past….