RedShirtGood statistics. Any way you cut it, its pots calling
kettles black.Should anyone be proud to say "I'm not nearly
as bad as you"...
To "Esquire" unfortunately the publically released data from the GAO in
the "Historical Tables: Budget of the U. S. Government" available on the
GPO website, we find that the Democrats have been out spending the Republicans
by a factor of 2.From 1981 to 1987 Congress was split and the debt
increased by $1.3 TrillionFrom 1987 to 1995 Congress was controlled by
Democrats and increased by $2.6 TrillionFrom 1995 to 2001 Congress was
controlled by Republicans, and the debt increased by $849 Billion.From
2001 to 2003 Congress was split and the debt increased by $991 BillionFrom
2003 to 2007 Congress was controlled by Republicans and the debt increased by
$2.19 Trillion.From 2007 to the 2011 budget estimate congress was
controlled by Democrats and the debt increased by $6.19 Trillion.So,
congress under a split control debt rises by $2.3 Trillion ($287 Billion/yr).Under Democrats it rises by $8.79 Trillion ($732 Billion/yr).Under
Republicans it increased by $3 Trillion ($300 Billion/yr).So,
judging by 30 years of history, the greatest increases to the national debt
occur when Democrats control congress.
As for the red herring of passing a budget, much can be said. This is not
really relevant to the deficit. Every agency operates under a budget and those
budgets are approved by Congress in separate authorizations. An omnibus budget
may not be passed, mostly due to the standing filibuster of the Republicans in
the Senate. They will not allow the Democratic majority to pass its own budget
as it would significantly alter the extremist budget of the House and a
conference committee would likely fail because the Republicans in the House do
not compromise. So the GOP can pass their political document (budget plan) in
the House, knowing full well it will go no where. It is not done in good faith.
It is a political game. But the GOP could make meaningful proposals to balance
the budget, but beyond their games, they don't. Pick off the easy ones,
like oil company subsidies or gambling write-offs for the wealthy, spending that
most Democrats would go along with. Do they do even that? No. It's all
political gamesmanship with the sole intention of regaining power. The last
time they were in control, we got a serious recession.
@ ute alumni, Mountanman, and Rifleman, by reading your comments over time,
nothing but RNCC and Fox talking points will register with you. The GOP fell
off the rails as far back as the first full budget of the Reagan Administration
when their first full budget literally tripled the annual budget from the last
annual budget of the prior Administration. This all while campaigning on a
platform of balancing the budget and less government spending. The only time we
really saw anything close to a balanced budget was during the Clinton years, in
the wake of a tax increase that Clinton pushed through. When the Republicans
have been in total control, the nation's finances actually saw a dramatic
worsening. Republicans will never see anything close to a balanced budget
because they have their own pet spending (see, for example, Sen. Tom
Coburn's (R-OK) report last year on government welfare for the rich),
combined with their obsession to cut government revenue, particularly for the
wealthy. That creates deficits, which then removes capital from the
marketplace. The reality? Higher taxes actually creates more economic activity
in the private sector. It may seem counter-intuitive to you, but it's
Re: Esquire Springville, UT"Republicans talk a big game about
balancing the budget, but in practice, they are worse than the
Democrats."It is easy to make a claim but more difficult to
support with facts. If the claim is bogus it then requires bogus facts to back
it up. What can't be hidden is our growing national debt with ever growing
amount of money we are pouring down a rat hose in interest payments.
Maybe he could borrow money from the good folks of South Carolina.
@ Esquire. When will the democratically controlled Senate pass a budget, any
budget? How many months, years before they do their constitutionally mandated
job and pass a federal budget? It’s the Democrats who refuse to pass a
budget and they couldn’t care less about balancing any budget! Is it
because even THEY know they will never control spending anyway so why pass a
meaningless budget! So it seems the facts are getting in the way of your
argument about the Republicans who are not serious. A budget to a Democrat is
useless, meaningless, a waste of their time, so why even try? “Darn the
debt, spend on brothers”
esqreally and just where does your information come from? good luck in
coming up with a coherent answer.
Republicans talk a big game about balancing the budget, but in practice, they
are worse than the Democrats.
Vote for me! I can't manage my own finances for a primary campaign, but I
promise I'll do better with the national economy.
Why does Gingrich think anyone in Mormontown USA would vote for him?
We already have a man in the White House who doesn't know how to balance a
checkbook. Why would we think Gingrich can do any better?