House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) accused President Obama of using soldiers as “campaign props” at a press conference outside his office suite today.
“The president says we have to have another tax increase in order to avoid the sequester. Well, Mr. President, you got your tax increase. It’s time to cut spending here in Washington. Instead of using our military men and women as campaign props, if the president was serious, he would sit down with (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid and begin to address our problems. The House has acted twice. We shouldn’t have to act a third time before the Senate begins to do their work.”
He concluded after the Q&A period:
“If we don’t solve the spending problem here in Washington there will be tens of millions of jobs in the future that wont happen because of the debt load that’s being laid on the back of our kids and our grandkids. I came here to save the American dream for my kids and yours. This debt problem and the president’s addiction to spending is threatening our future.”
Such a pile of misleading nonsense, but let’s start with, “The president’s addiction to spending”? Seriously?
Much of the deficit is attributable to the policies of George W. Bush and Republicans. In particular, these three deficit-ballooning factors:
- Massive tax cuts coupled with no reduction in spending
- An unfunded Medicare drug benefit
- Two unfunded wars
As most of us also know, another big chunk of the deficit was caused by the stimulus package Obama supported, without which many economists believe the Great Recession would have been another Great Depression.
In other words, President Obama inherited a mess, which he is slowly, but surely, cleaning up. To say he’s “addicted to spending” is downright absurd.
From Business Insider:
President Bush, you will recall, inherited a budget surplus (the first in decades). Then, hit with a recession, he took the budget into deficit. Then he cut taxes, growing the deficit to $400 billion a year. Then, the economy boomed between 2005 and 2008, reducing the deficit to $200 billion a year. Then, the financial crisis hit, and the Bush deficit ballooned to $400 billion again.
In early 2009, President Obama took over, amid the worst recession since the Great Depression. President Obama signed an $800 billion spending increase at the same time that GDP and tax collections tanked. The combination of these two factors–growth in spending and a drop in revenue–exploded the deficit to $1.4 trillion. In 2010, the economy and tax collections improved modestly, and the deficit shrank to $1.3 trillion annualized.
Not only that, but the deficit is rapidly shrinking and only 6% of America knows it!
It’s not like we can easily look up John Boehner’s voting record for the Iraq war…wait a minute! According to OnTheIssues.org, here’s how Boehner voted:
- YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
- YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
- NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
More twisting of facts, fear-mongering and smears from the right. Surprise, surprise.
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