If you’ve ever been tempted to think that Barack Obama and the Democrats have any intention of dealing with the nation’s debt – driven largely by Medicare and Medicaid spending – watch this discussion between Joe Scarborough and David Axelrod / Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. It’s clear they have no intention of doing anything about the massive deficit spending that has added nearly $6 Trillion to the National Debt in just four years of Barack Obama as President.
Via The Rightnewz, here is flashback video to four years ago today – January 7, 2009, when Barack Obama was the President-Elect, 13 days away from taking office. He talked about the “irresponsibility” of the massive debt facing the nation, and the near-trillion dollar annual debt he was going to inherit. He said he was going to take strong action to get America’s fiscal house in order.
Yet, four years later, he has added nearly $6 Trillion to that “irresponsible” debt, and has run more than $1 Trillion annual budget deficits EVERY year he has been President! He just pushed through a “Fiscal Cliff” Deal that raised taxes but had no spending cuts. This is a good example of how Barack Obama operates. In public statements he portrays himself to be something he is not. He passes himself off as a moderate, reasonable, average-American who intends to do the right thing. In reality, he is a radical Leftist who is committed to massive debt, high taxes and an ever-growing Federal Government.
The Drudge Headline this morning, linking to this Breitbart story, pretty well says it all about the “Deal” passed by the U.S. Senate (89-8) last night to supposedly avoid the “Fiscal Cliff.” But the real “Cliff” of mounting debt and out-of-control spending by the Federal Government is still out there. It’s interesting to note that Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Rand Paul voted “No” on the deal. Both are possible GOP Presidential Candidates for 2016.
The House of Representatives has not yet voted on the “Deal,” and conservative House Republicans are not happy about the increase in taxes and almost complete lack of spending cuts in the deal worked out by Vice-President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
UPDATE 11:30 AM ET: Over at Hot Air, Ed Morrissey thinks the House Republicans will “grudgingly” go along with this deal. But Ed sees a possible “silver lining” in the deal for Republicans:
“The deal did not include any resolution on either the sequester or the debt limit. If there is a silver lining for Republicans, it’s that they have successfully delinked tax rates and spending issues in this fight. The next round of bargaining will deal only with government spending, and House Republicans will have the debt ceiling as a powerful card to play.
With the Senate voting 89-8 in favor of the bill, I’d guess that House Republicans will grudgingly go along with the deal, with a big assist from House Democrats this time around. They have until tomorrow to get the deal done in this session of Congress, though, so expect to hear plenty of debate first. . . .”
“No” Votes: Bennet D-CO, Carper D-DE, Grassley R-IA, Harkin D-IA, Lee R-UT, Paul R-KY, Shelby R-AL, Rubio R-FL #fiscalcliff— Casey Kelley (@policygal) January 1, 2013
Hard to evaluate who “won” the fiscal deal because it’s not actually all that clear what either side’s goals were.— Nate Silver (@fivethirtyeight) January 1, 2013
Mitch McConnell did a very good job in getting package.It is in fact a big win in many ways, with the spending battle postponed 60 days— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) January 1, 2013
House GOP aide says while R’s may not like the #fiscalcliff bill, says they’re “handcuffed” because of the overwhelming Senate vote.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 1, 2013
Rand Paul and Marco Rubio both voted no.How will Paul Ryan vote? #2016— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 1, 2013
Maybe Boehner will stop this one sided deal in the House…I hope so!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2013
Here is a new ad from “Fix the Debt,” founded by Democrat Erskine Bowles and Republican Alan Simpson. Bowles and Simpson headed Barack Obama’s “Debt Commission” which came forth early in his first term with multiple suggestions on what needed to be done to fix the debt. Barack Obama rejected most of what they brought forward.
Erskine Bowles in 2011 pretty openly said Obama failed to lead on implementing the plan:
Here is video of GOP Vice-Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan on “Face the Nation” today where he said Barack Obama is a person who “says one thing and does another.” That’s particularly so when it comes to cutting the nation’s annual budget deficit, which Obama promised to cut in half during his first term. Instead, he has never brought forward a budget that even attempted to cut the deficit, and has actually ballooned it. Ryan said he and Mitt Romney are offering Americans “a better economic choice” for the future that will get the U.S. Economy “growing again.”
Something you won’t hear a word about at the Democratic Convention this week is the news that the United States has now gone over the $16 TRILLION mark in National Debt. Poetic justice that it happened on the day the Democrats began their National Convention. Yet, they remain unhinged from reality, talking endlessly about the need to “invest” in everything and everyone imaginable. “Invest” is their favorite euphemism for “tax and spend.” It’s all they know.
This ad from the RNC reminds voters that Barack Obama called $9 Trillion in Debt “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic,” but has added $6 Trillion to that number in less than 4 years as President! ObamaCare looms on the horizon, promising to only further explode the debt, along with all the other Government bailouts and boondoggles that await in a second Obama Term as President. If we are ever going to turn this fiscal nightmare around, it must begin with voting Barack Obama out of office.
Here is video of a new Republican National Committee (RNC) ad called “My Daughter’s Future,” and it hammers Barack Obama for running up massive deficits that mortgage the future for America’s children.
Back in July of 2008, Barack Obama calls it “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” to add $4 trillion to the national debt. In the video below White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest is asked how he would characterize Obama having added his own $4 trillion to the debt in under 3 years. Is it “unpatriotic” as well? Earnest’s response was to blame Bush and say that Obama’s spending was necessary in order to “pull us back from the brink of another great depression.”
If you haven’t already seen it, you must go here to see an incredible visualization of America’s massive national debt. Sobering, to say the least.
Just how big is our National Debt? $14,300,000,000,000. IowaHawk explains that is equal to 16 million tons of $1 Bills. He has set his explanation to the wonderful song, “16 Tons,” by Tennessee Ernie Ford.
Here is video of President Obama’s Budget Speech today, in which he proposed increasing taxes on the rich by limiting tax deductions, cutting our National Defense, and spouting ridiculous numbers that his ObamaCare Law will save $1 Trillion by reducing the cost of Health Care. Compared to the very detailed and substantive plan put forward by Paul Ryan and the GOP, this speech by Obama is laughable. He is clearly not serious about trying to reduce spending and deal with the Nation’s debt crisis. This was a speech designed to project a facade of action – to make Americans think he is serious, even though he is not.
Nancy Pelosi says the Republican budget proposal will deprive six million seniors of food:
“In one of the bills before us, six million seniors are deprived of meals — home-bound seniors are deprived of meals. People ask us to find our common ground, the middle ground. Is middle ground three million seniors not receiving meals? I don’t think so…I don’t think the American people want any one of those six million people to lose their meals or the children who are being thrown off of Head Start and the rest of it.”
Via Fox Nation
Here is video of GOP Rep. Paul Ryan officially putting forward the 2012 Budget being proposed by House Republicans. This is next year’s budget – not the 2011 Budget that has still never been passed and is currently being fought over (Democrats never proposed or passed a 2011 Budget last year when they were still in control of everything).
Ryan said this budget will put America on the path to actually pay off the nation’s debt. It proposes $4.4 trillion of cuts over 10 years.
Here is video of GOP Rep. Paul Ryan criticizing President Obama for word that he will launch his 2012 re-election bid next week – right in the midst of a budget crisis. Ryan said, “We don’t need a good politician – we need a strong leader.”
On the proposal Ryan has been putting together to save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security for future generations, and deal with America’s massive debt, he did admit that Republicans will be giving Democrats a weapon to attack them with in the 2012 Campaign. But he said “They will have to lie and demagogue to do it.”
Of course, that is exactly what Democrats will do – because they are shameless. Ryan knows they will do it, as they have many times before. But Ryan said that fear is what has kept politicians from trying to do anything in years past, and it’s time to stand up to them and do what is right for the country, and the next generation.
Here is video of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – Adm. Mike Mullen – saying that the greatest threat to America’s National Security is – our debt.
Mullen said just the interest on our National Debt has reached over $500 Billion a year, which is roughly equal to America’s entire defense budget. “That is not sustainable,” Mullen said.
“I was shown the figures the other day by the comptroller of the Pentagon that said that the interest on our debt is $571 billion in 2012. That is, noticeably, about the size of the defense budget. It is not sustainable.”
Yet, we have leaders in Washington who want to just keep spending endless amounts of money on all the wrong things.