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Driven To Distraction

Right now, the national debt is $7.8 trillion. The federal government relies on $2 billion in foreign loans every day just to stay afloat. President Bush and the Republican Congress borrow hundreds of billions of dollars - record-setting amounts of debt - every year, each year more than the last. President Bush says he’s going to cut the deficit in half in the next four years. How? By doing absolutely nothing.

President Bush's "plan" to cut the deficit in half in four years is, to just have faith that the economy will improve.

As you'd expect, that's not going to do the trick. The Congressional Budget Office says Bush's budget plan will not cut the deficit in half in four years. Recently, Federal Reserve Governor Edward Gramlich stated that, despite somewhat better numbers for the economy, the United States cannot grow its way out of the federal deficit. In fact, last week the Bush administration raised its inflation outlook and said the economy will slow down again.

My Grandmother used to say, "Boy, make a wish in one hand and crap in the other. Then come back and tell me which one filled up first." If President Bush still thinks he's going to cut the deficit in half by doing nothing, he must spend a lot of time washing his hands.

In light of this information, has President Bush re-thought his position and offered up a Plan-B? *Snort!* Of course not. President Bush has gone for the cheap distraction. He's going around the country peddling a line of crap to divert attention from his economic failure,

Bush said the Democrats, in contrast, were employing a "philosophy of the stop sign" and an "agenda of the road block," and warned: "Political parties that choose the path of obstruction will not gain the trust of the American people."

He issued a challenge to the Democrats: "If leaders of the other party have innovative ideas, let's hear them. But if they have no ideas or policies except obstruction, they should step aside and let others lead."

Leave aside the fact that any real obstruction President Bush encounters comes from Republicans who are genuinely concerned about his irresponsible and, frankly, wacko agenda, what President Bush is saying is just an outright lie. Democrats have been offering solutions and innovative ideas left and right, only to have them ignored by the Republican leadership for their own partisan gain.

For example, Democrat's have introduced legislation (Senate Bill S.19) that actually addresses the deficit rather than just wishing it away. The bill restores the pay-as-you-go rule that was vital in helping President Clinton balance the budget, it reinstates mandatory, across-the-board spending cuts if the budget exceeds spending caps, and it stops the procedural "fast-tracking" of bills that increase the deficit.

Anytime Republicans want to take the lead on reducing the deficit and strengthening America, they can; they have the numbers to pass any legislation they want. But Republicans are not getting the job done, and now the President of the United States has resorted to cheap political tricks in the hope of distracting the hard-working folk who trust him.

Posted by American Pundit at June 15, 2005 10:29 AM