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Republicans have changed views on deficit

Published 10:24am Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Of all the snappy sound bites Mitt Romney and his campaign surrogates on certain cable “news” programs like to toss around, one of my favorites is “Job Creator,” as in you can’t tax the Job Creators if you want the economy to improve.

It’s also one of the easiest Romney election myths to debunk.

When George W. Bush inherited a budget surplus and a reasonable tax rate from Bill Clinton in 2001, Bush and his Republican Congress slashed tax rates, arguing that the government shouldn’t have a surplus in its budget. They could have done something intelligent with the surplus, like paying for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, or reducing the National Debt, but they chose not to.

Instead they borrowed more money to pay for the wars and makeup for the loss of revenue due to the ill-advised tax cuts.

Of course Republicans have belatedly come to realize the debt is a national problem, now that Mr. Obama is in the White House; they were less concerned about it under Ronald Reagan and George W.

It was disturbing how so many of Mr. Bush’s advisers and supporters were so eager to send our young men and women to fight a war, yet so reluctant to dig in their own pockets to help pay for it.

After eight years of lower taxes, the American economy was heading for a meltdown and unemployment was skyrocketing. Surely if lower taxes on the “Job Creators” actually created jobs, everyone in America who wanted one would have one.

Mitt Romney has now filled his campaign ranks with many of the same neo-conservative ideologues whose sole concept for economic recovery is to lower taxes.

At least they are consistent. If you have a surplus: cut taxes; if you have a deficit: cut taxes.

Merlyn Marten


  1. mikehaney

    Okay, I’ll smile wide like a used-car salesman, shake my head and laugh while Paul Ryan is talking. This will give all watching the idea that everything he says is nonsense. The only other option is to actually support my side with real ideas, sound reasoning and appeals to virtue. I can’t do that!

    The other thing I need to do is make myself look assertive, like a real alpha male, by interrupting my opponent continuously. Hey, then if TOTUS and I lose the election, anyway, I may still be able to take a leaf out of Bob Dole’s book and do commercials for male enhancement—of course, in my case it would be testosterone booster

    canada free press

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    • Noesis

      Biden: “Folks, I can tell you I’ve known eight presidents, three of them intimately.”

      “I promise you, the president has a big stick. I promise you.”

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  2. rambo

    I love this place if you go against the grain it says you are posting to quickly. This truth is I am not posting any faster then it will accept my post.
    If you look at how Obama and his barking dog have changed their views since the election four years ago it is amazing that any american in there right mind would vote for them. They have not done anything but increase the national debt at a record pace, taken from the elderly and will form a committee that decides who is eligible for organ donations or expensive operations. Do you think they will be exempt from these criteria? You bet they will be and anyone that has the resources to pay. Is this what you want in the future? If it is then you are already primed to vote that way but if it comes to you or your relatives in the future bet you wish you would have voted the other way.

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  3. mickakers

    In order to arrive at a more proper perspective and understanding of today’s debates, please do a search on the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. Although the issues are different, the analogy is the same. By the way, Lincoln lost.

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  4. Noesis

    Speaking of changing views…

    “During the 2008 Vice Presidential debate, Joe biden clearly stated neither he nor Obama believed in gay marriage. “Let’s try to avoid nuance Senator,” began debate moderator Gwen Ifell to Joe biden during the debate. “Do you support gay marriage?” “No.” biden replied. “Barack Obama nor I support redefining from a civil side what constitutes marriage. We do not support that.” biden insisted that the definition of marriage should be “left to the faiths and the people that practice their faiths.”

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  5. Noesis

    “Pop quiz: which current vice presidential candidate said this about his budget proposal: “While this program is severe, it is the only proposal that will halt the upward spiral of deficits.” And this: ”Within the next 12 to 18 months this country will face an economic and political crisis of extraordinary proportions if Congress refuses to take decisive action on the deficits that we face.” Here’s a hint: This candidate proposed cutting spending across-the-board, including reduced spending on Social Security and he even said the debt ceiling should not be increased without spending cuts. Who is this vice presidential candidate?”

    OK, I know you guys (and gals are slow so I’ll allow you two guesses) and I’ll let you know it wasn’t Paul Ryan…

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  6. Noesis

    Jeez, where’s Indie? It’s less than an hour before the debate and she’s not in her predicting how O’Biden is going to mop the floor with Ryan and give Obambi a boost in the polls.

    She’s probably waiting to see how Biden does first… if he’s doing well, she’ll probably show up… if he bombs like Obambi did she’ll probably stay in hiding again for a few days.

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  7. bklibrary

    Liar Liar Neo-cons pants are on fire!

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    • Noesis

      LOL bklibrary, as usual you don’t know what you are talking about:

      WOMAN: Obama!

      REPORTER: You got an Obama phone?

      WOMAN: (screaming) Yes! Everybody in Cleveland, low minorities, got Obama phone. Keep Obama in president, you know? He gave us a phone!

      REPORTER: He gave you a phone?

      WOMAN: He gonna do more!

      REPORTER: How did he give you a phone?

      WOMAN: You sign up. If you’re… If you on food stamps, you on Social Security, you got low income, you disability…

      REPORTER: Okay, what’s wrong with Romney, again?

      WOMAN: Romney, he sucks! Bad!

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  8. bigkahuna

    That is what the people who recieve the free phones call them. Obamiphones!

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  9. keta

    Oh, good lord. Obamaphones. As if the president were involved in the program that provided cell phones to the poor. Merlyn, your letter rocked. Love the way Democrats write in graceful sentences that are complete thoughts, avoid urban myths and outright lies, and proceed logically to an actual point. I’m talking to you, Homer Campbell, LOL!

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  10. mickakers

    Mike; Maybe, just maybe, you would be a bit more happier if you worried about those who have less.

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    • mikehaney

      Mick–glad it makes you happy to attack one group of people to prove you are in sympathy with another.

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  11. mikehaney

    Speaking of the richest man in the world. Guess who supplies the Obamaphones that you and I pay for on our phone bill and also the giveaway has exploded the last 4 years. He makes 10 bucks per phone.
    Cut this giveaway along with big bird and vote Romney/Ryan.
    Pollak has donated at least $156,500 to Democratic candidates and committees this cycle, including at least $50,000 to the Obama campaign. His wife, Abigail, is a campaign bundler for Obama and has raised more than $632,000 for the president this cycle, and more than $1.5 million since 2007. She has personally contributed more than $200,000 to Democratic candidates and committees since 2008.

    The Pollaks hosted Obama at their Miami Beach home in June for a $40,000-per-plate fundraising dinner, and hosted a similar event with Michelle Obama in July 2008. The couple personally donated a combined $66,200 to Obama’s re-election effort that year.

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  12. mickakers

    Merlyn; I would like to present an interesting observation in regard to the more affluent members of our society. Affluence has a tendency to create a feeling of confidence and superiority without due regard to the less affluent members of society. The depredation that the wealthy, for the advancement of their personnel interest have placed on the majority of their fellow citizens is reprehensible and lacking in intelligent excuse.

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    • mikehaney

      Mick–am glad I don’t worry about the gain of others.
      Every year I’m able to enjoy life without worrying about the riches of others keeps me as happy as the richest man in the world.

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  13. mickakers

    Merlyn Marten; An excellent article. I enjoyed your closing comment “At least they are consistent, if you have a surplus; cut taxes: if you have a deficit; cut taxes.” Interesting!

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    • Noesis

      And liberals are also consistent… They want to increase government spending no matter what.

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  14. Noesis

    Bush didn’t inherit a surplus from Clinton. It was republicans that came up with the budget that Clinton just signed.

    And the economy that headed for a meltdown was caused by democrats mandating banks lower their lending standards and downpayment requirements. That is the root cause of the housing bubble and led to the economic downfall.

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    • mikehaney

      noesis–Obambi likes to spout wall street as root of all evil, but as you just mentioned, we know what caused the crash.

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