When Deficits Matter

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Abel Maldonado’s ads portray Lois Capps’s 14 years in Congress as a “failure.” But for ten of those 14 years the House was controlled by the GOP, while for eight the White House was occupied by a Republican president so toxic that the members of his party who stole two elections for him (as documented by Greg Palast, among others) fear to speak his name.

Clinton left office with a surplus substantial enough to fund Social Security and Medicare through the end of this century; Alan Greenspan even testified to Congress that there was a “danger” that we may pay off the National Debt. (Oh, the Humanity!) Ms. Capps voted against both rounds of Bush tax cuts and the trillion-dollar war in Iraq. We’d be better off today if we’d had more representatives like her. If Romney is elected, the House will happily raise the debt ceiling to accommodate another feeding frenzy of tax cuts for the rich, because deficits only matter when a Democrat is in the Oval Office.


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Amen, brother! We never heard a word from the Tea Baggers when President Bush turned a budget surplus into the worst deficit at the time in American history.

They are H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E-S!

StevefromSacto (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2012 at 12:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Actually the very first Tea Party protests occured during the W. Bush Administration and for the most part were comprised of a very different mindset, attitude... many genuine Libertarians, a number of Progressives. They protested the Patriot Act, the Iraq War, and yes the wall Street bailout. In fact they had many things in common with the early Occupy Movement.
After the election of Obama (and during the 08 campaign) establishment NeoCons took over the Tea Party movement and used it as a guise to stir up Racism and Fascistic sentiments. Pretty sad really, how movements are co-opted.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2012 at 3:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I believe the first protests started within a month of Obama's inauguration, in protest of the Bush administrations TARP plans.

Certainly the odious Rick Santelli's well-documented outburst from the Wall Street Trading floor against aiding under-water mortgagees was the beginning of nationwide recognition.

binky (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2012 at 4:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I remember a big protest they held in Long Beach.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2012 at 5:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

it's all about the plutocrats, and it was ever thus, not that we should yawn about it.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2012 at 6:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If Maldonado loves Israel so much, he should run for the Knesset instead.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2012 at 3:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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