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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Obama Admin. Blaming Bush for Deficits They Voted For

Check out this piece from newsbusters.org by Noel Sheppard.

Obama's people are blitzing the media with the familiar cries of "it's Bush's fault" as they seem to be preparing to raise taxes on the middle class. Treasury Secretary and tax cheat Tim Geithner said:

"Remember we inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit. The cumulative consequences of the policies this country pursued over the last 8 years left us with 6 trillion dollars of more debt than we would have had by making a bunch of commitments to cut taxes and add to spending without paying for those."

Sheppard challenges Geithner's claims the way the media supposed to with this rebuttal:

"On March 14, 2008, then Sen. Obama voted in favor of the 2009 budget which authorized $3.1 trillion in federal outlays along with a projected $400 billion deficit. The 51-44 vote that morning was strongly along party lines with only two Republicans saying 'Yea.'"

"When the final conference report was presented to the House on June 5, 2008, not one Republican voted for it.

"This means the 2009 budget was almost exclusively approved by Democrats, with 'Yeas' coming from the current President, his Vice President Joe Biden, his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"Tough to claim you inherited something you voted for, isn’t it?"

"But that’s just the beginning, for on October 1, 2008, Obama, Biden, and Clinton voted in favor of the $700 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program designed to prevent teetering financial institutions from completely destroying the economy.

"Couldn’t Obama only disavow responsibility for this if he had voted no along with the other 25 Senators disapproving the measure?

"And what about the $787 billion stimulus bill that passed in February with just three Republican votes? Wouldn’t Obama only be blameless if he vetoed it and was later overridden?

"Of course, he didn’t, and, instead signed it into law on February 17. Nor did he veto the $410 billion of additional spending Congress sent to his desk three weeks later.

"Add it all up, and Obama has approved every penny that will be spent in fiscal 2009 either via his votes in the Senate or his signature as President."

I'd written previously about the need for Bush to Obama's Emmanuel Goldstein, but the majority of the media's irresponsibility in allowing this to happen with nary a question is nearly criminal. Obama's habits of laying the blame on others and apologizing to the rest of the world aren't winning him much support at home. As the economy sputters, taxes are hiked, and Obama's poll numbers drop, I'm betting that the "it's Bush's fault" mantra will reach a fevered pitch. The question is, will the media act responsibly or will they continue to be smitten by Obama?

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