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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Hypocritical, Grandstanding Democrats

The Democrats in Washington have made such a stink about Republican opposition to raising the debt ceiling, with many going so far as to accuse the Tea Party caucus of behaving like terrorists. Terrorists! Republicans are willing to cause any kind of harm to the economy, the Democrats say, if it will benefit them politically.

But who's really doing the political grandstanding over the debt limit? Could it be the same party whose entire Senate caucus voted against raising the debt limit in 2006? Could it be them? Could it be the party whose Senate majority leader made the following statements in an impassioned speech in 2006?

"Most Americans know that increasing debt is the last thing we should be doing."

"Economists will tell you we should be reducing debt, not increasing it."

"We're being asked to do what shouldn't be asked of us, to increase the debt to almost $9 trillion."

(And seriously visit that link and watch the whole speech. He sounds like the biggest tea bagging "terrorist" that ever lived.) Again I ask, who is doing the grandstanding? Who is seeking to politicize fiscal policy into a partisan kabuki theater? Could it be the party that had six senators in 2009, who even under a president of the same party, insisted on opposing any debt limit increase that did not come with spending cuts attached?

Could it be the party that said and did all these things in the last five years and yet tells Americans today that without raising the debt ceiling, our economy will be in mortal danger? That indeed they are "trying to save life on this planet as we know it today," from Republicans who don't want to raise the debt ceiling?

Could it be that party? Yeah. It's that party. It's the Democratic Party. So sorry to disappoint you. I guess we're just all terrorists now.

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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