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Jim Heim…..Here are the actual budget deficits during Obama’s first term (source: Congressional Budget Office and US Govt Office of Management & Budget)
2009 – $1.413 trillion
2010 - $1.293 trillion
2011 - $1.297 trillion
2012 - $1.089 trillion
Can you explain your claim that Obama has reduced deficits by $2.4 trillion? That will take some pretty creative math. By the way, no other president in the country’s history has ever had a trillion $ deficit in any year.
Also, during the same period, total government spending increased from $2.983 trillion in Bush’s last year to $3.538 trillion in 2012, an increase of 18.6%. Can you explain your claim that Obama has decreased spending more than any president in sixty years.
You really ought to be more careful with your math.
Dusty & Jim Heim….Silly me. I thought the job of the government was to run the country and the President’s job was to be the leader of the government. Now that I understand that the President’s job is to beat the Republicans, I see where you’re coming from. I stand corrected.
TODA……Please be specific…what policies of George W. Bush “created the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression”? Think about it and be careful how you reply.
Dusty…The ‘unnamed democrats” who used these derogative terms to refer to President Bush were Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (“loser” and “brain dead”) and Senator Ted Kennedy (“liar”). Such language doesn’t justify using similar language to refer to President Obama, but it certainly sheds light on the fact that there are also left wing “wingnuts” (your well-worn term) and some of them are in very prominent positions.
“Had Romney won the election, I would support him without question as president of this country.”
Frank, you have a very short memory. Do you not remember the invective the democrats poured on George W. Bush for the eight years he was President? Prominent democrats called him a “loser”, “brain dead”, a “liar” and all kinds of other things. Some respect.
I get a kick out of it when people who have never had a Republican thought in their lives try to tell Republicans what they need to do to be “viable”. If Gordon understood how Republicans think, he would be one.
Hmmm….Let me think about these recent side-by-side comparisons of Republicans and Democrats:
In the recent presidential debate, Governor Romney came prepared with plans about how to get the country back on track and forcefully presented them in a clear and compelling way. President Obama rambled incoherently and was roundly criticized by his own supporters, who wondered if he had overdosed on Ambien.
In the Vice Presidential debate, Congressman Ryan came brimming with plans about how to get our country back on track and laid them out clearly, showing himself to be the adult in the room. Vice President Biden conducted himself like a braying male donkey (my preferred term probably would not meet The Pilot’s editorial criteria).
In today’s Pilot the Republican, Bob Levy wrote a thoughtful article about the importance of an independent judiciary and the issues surrounding how we select judges. Dusty Rhoades wrote about Big Bird.
Anyone see a pattern here?
The Pilot may have been surprised by the debate outcome but I wasn’t.
The Democrats have all kinds of theories about why President Obama did so poorly, including Al Gore’s explanation that it was the high altitude in Denver. The explanation is actually very simple….he was outgunned by a more capable man. Anyone who has seen top level business executives in action wasn’t surprised. Mitt Romney did what they normally do. He came in to the room and took charge. He communicated well and had total command of his facts and figures.
Obama may seem good when he has his teleprompter or when he’s in front of an audience that can’t challenge him. Unfortunately for him, that wasn’t the case on Wednesday night. Bottom line, he got his butt kicked.
Jim Heim…You are dead wrong. The Deficit Commissions’ report was issued a long time ago and I’ve had it for more than a year. President Obama’s unprecedented budget deficits are an extremely serious threat to our country’s future and the Deficit Commission developed serious, bipartisan recommendations to address this threat. Both Republicans and Democrats can find things to like and dislike about those recommendations, but they at least are a serious, bipartisan solution to our country’s most serious problem. The fact that President Obama himself initiated the Commission and then completely disregarded its recommendations is an insult to every serious-minded American. Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles deserve high praise for continuing to press this issue publicly. Bill Eastman has hit the nail right on the head.
fergie....Good grief...If you're going to try to respond to budgetary questions, at least learn the difference between the budget deficit and the national debt. You're not mixing apples and oranges, you're mixing grapes and watermelons. The budget deficits under President Obama are far more than under any other president. If you understood what a budget deficit is, you would know that.
Dusty...Actually, I thought Sarah Palin was a lousy choice and I still do. You jumped to the wrong conclusion, just like you normally do.
BTW, Obama's choice of Joe Biden isn't looking too great either.
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