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GOP on the debt ceiling: “Forget what we said, listen to what we’re saying!”

As a blogger/reporter/thinking individual, I love it when I don’t have to really come up with any pithy, sarcastic or salient points on my own to prove an argument.

In this case, regarding the perpetual pissing contest about the debt ceiling going on in Washington between “Our way or no way because all we care about it making Obama look bad so we can run him out of office next year” Republicans and “Other than no tax increases just tell us what you want and we’ll gladly cave” Democrats, all I have to do is show verbatim Republican quotes.

What’s really amusing is how Boehner, McConnell, Cantor and Kyl who are so staunchly indignant and resolute against any debt ceiling increase that includes any tax increase whatsoever, all had a thoroughly different viewpoint when George W. Bush raised the debt ceiling five times (with Republicans in Congress voting a total of 19 times to increase the debt limit under Bush):

June 2002: Congress approves a $450 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $6.4 trillion. McConnell, Boehner, and Cantor voted “yea”, Kyl voted “nay.”
May 2003: Congress approves a $900 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $7.384 trillion. All four voted in favor with no demand for spending cuts.
November 2004: Congress approves an $800 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $8.1 trillion. All four voted in favor with no demand for spending cuts.
March 2006: Congress approves a $781 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $8.965 trillion. All four voted in favor with no demand for spending cuts.
September 2007: Congress approves an $850 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $9.815 trillion. All four voted in favor with no demand for spending cuts.

Posted by Gary St. Lawrence at July 3, 2011 12:41 PM
Comment #325224

This isn’t about making Obama look bad. It is about counter revolution. The fiscally responsible Republicans did not increase the debt by $5 trillion to make the Democrats look bad. They did it to try to force an end to social spending.

When it comes to looking bad, the Democrats need no help from Republicans. The corporate dollars spell it out in capital letters, CONSESSIONS.

Posted by: jlw at July 3, 2011 2:23 PM
Comment #325257

This is about making themselves look responsible without actually having to do hard work or admit any flaws in their policy. The base must not come to question the party.

Really, though, it’s not even the foolish inconsistency that is the hobgobline of small minds. It’s worse than that. The Republicans are not behaving wisely one way or another.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at July 4, 2011 11:08 AM
Comment #325260

SO, once again, jlw ignores the facts and perpetuates the partisan rhetoric, no matter how self-contradictory and insipid it is.

In 1980, Jimmy Carter’s last year as president, the federal government spent a whopping 27.9% of “national income” (i.e., private wealth produced by the American people) and Reagan assaulted the “free-spending” Carter administration throughout his campaign in 1980.

So how did the Reagan administration do on spending “national income”?

At the end of the first quarter of 1988, federal spending accounted for 28.7% of “national income.” Reagan INCREASED the same spending he attacked and bedeviled Carter for doing.

The hypocrisy that you conveniently ignore is kicking you and your beloved party in the @ss.

Posted by: Gary St. Lawrence at July 4, 2011 1:18 PM
Comment #325279

Gary, neither is my party and I think I spelled it out quite clearly, money is doing the talking.

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