Posts Tagged ‘debt’
Sometimes other people seem to put in great words the very thoughts that I have myself been trying to put together into some form of coherency. Over at politicsusa, rmuse makes some good sense of how we got into the debt mess we are are in and who is ultimately paying the penalty. If you have been paying attention at all, you know that the ones who have run the debt up to high heaven (that would be the Republican Party) will not only not be the ones paying the debt, but will block every attempt to make the economy better and will slough the payment off to the poor and middle class.
I harp on this a bit, but we must never let the country forget how we got into such a sorry state; it was a choice by the Republican Party to run the debt up so high. The ones who ran the debt up should in no way have a say in how the debt is resolved. No – we need sober, sane leaders who do not look at governing as a chance to steal the public blind. Some may forget, but at the end of the Clinton administration a commission was actually formed to explore the question of what would happen if the USA were actually out of debt – which would have happened in 2009 at the rate of pay down in 1999.
Here are some excerpts from the article. It is a relatively short article, but really lays out the truth. To read the whole article go here:
“Republicans became debt and deficit sensitive in January 2009 just as President Obama was being inaugurated, and they embroiled the entire country, including Democrats, in their single-minded reduce the deficit mission. However, Republicans exempted those who benefited from the debt of any repayment, and are attempting to rob Americans’ health and retirement accounts, domestic programs, and government services to repay the debt and give more “free stuff” to the debt creators. It is important to note that the people who caused Great Recession were bailed out by taxpayers, and are reaping 93% of the recovery and if Republicans have their way they will give more to those responsible for the Recession.
If Americans understood what Republicans are doing with this debt and deficit hoax, and that they are willing victims of the greatest scam on the people in the nation’s history, they would riot in the streets and dismantle Wall Street brick by brick. First, Republicans gave the defense industry, the wealthy, and pharmaceutical industry borrowed money that racked up the deficit, and demand the people repay the debt with domestic cuts, Medicare, and soon, Social Security. That is bad enough, but those responsible for the Great Recession; banks, financial institutions, and Wall Street are clamoring for more “debt and deficit” reduction paid for by the people after the people bailed them out and while they are reaping profits from the Recession they created.
The 2011 debt ceiling crisis that jeopardized the full faith and credit of the United States perfectly illustrates the outrageous scam Republicans are perpetrating on the American people. To raise the debt limit to pay for Republicans’ two wars, tax cuts for the wealthy, and prescription plan that benefited big pharma, Republicans demanded spending cuts equal to the amount needed to repay their war, tax cut, and pharmaceutical debt all while refusing to raise taxes on the debt creators. For the third straight year, Paul Ryan is proposing a budget that cuts spending on programs for the people, ends Medicare, and takes food from the poor, children, and seniors to pay down the debt Halliburton, the defense industry, and wealthy incurred and profited from.
The greatest outrage should be at the financial sector that crashed the economy, was bailed out by the people, reaped nearly all the recovery, and then calls for raising the Medicare and Social Security retirement age because as Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein says, “we just can’t afford it–people will just have to work longer to help pay down the deficit.” First, Social Security has no effect on the debt or deficit, and people being told to pay Wall Streets’ debt gained absolutely nothing after they crashed the economy and killed millions of Americans’ jobs. Blankfein’s company, Goldman Sachs, helped crash the economy, was bailed out with $12.9 billion plus $5.5 billion from AIG, gave executives $11 billion in bonuses, and is reaping huge rewards as the economy recovers; now Blankfein says “we” cannot afford Medicare and Social Security and the people have to pay down the deficit. Through their Republican facilitators, corporations and Wall Street have the temerity to demand the people repay their debt and it begs the question; why are Republicans (and some Democrats) not demanding Wall Street and corporations repay their own debt? Many of the largest corporations and Wall Street firms pay nothing in federal taxes that contributes to the debt, and yet Republicans and Democrats fight to reduce their tax rates even more.”
Today we have another guest post by Larry Hodgden of Tipton
Larry is a retired Viet Nam era veteran of the USAF. He and his wife of 40 years, Sharon, have three children and seven grandchildren who keep him very busy. Family, education, church and politics have been a lifelong passion.
In the first 200 years of our Republic, beginning with the American Revolution and through the Civil War, World War I, the “Great Depression”, World War II, Korea and the Viet Nam War we accumulated 1.14 TRILLION DOLLARS of debt by 1981.
Until 1981 our top tax rate was 70% or higher, then we elected Ronald Reagan who cut the top rate to 50%. That coupled with union busting, lack of regulation and reckless spending over eight (8) years gave us a national debt of 3.23 TRILLION DOLLARS.
By 1989 under Bush #41 the top tax rate had been reduced to 28% and in four (4) years the debt reached 4.41 TRILLION DOLLARS.
In 1992 Bill Clinton was elected and with a Democratic Congress raised the top rate to 39.6%. The deficits started declining and we started running surpluses which, after 8 years resulted in a total debt of 5.8 TRILLION DOLLARS. Still too much but we were heading in the right direction.
Then George W. Bush came along and with a Republican Congress dropped the top tax rate to 35% which, along with two unfunded wars, an unfunded Medicare Drug Plan and a Wall Street bailout caused by lack of regulation, resulted in a national debt of 11.90 TRILLION DOLLARS, more than doubling our debt in 8 years.
With the markets and the economy in near total collapse, our country was on life support. Then suddenly DEBT became important to Republicans. If you had a loved one critically ill, would your main concern be the cost or would you focus on recovery? We all know the answer to that but the Republican response to the mess they created clearly tells us where their priorities are.
We went from 1.14 to 11.9 TRILLION DOLLARS of debt in 28 years, 20 of which were in control of the Republicans. Now Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are proposing more of those same policies, tax cuts for the rich and ending most regulations, ideas which created our economic mess and crushing debt.
What can we do? You have three choices. Don’t vote and let others determine our destiny. You can also pretend policies which have failed in the past will work this time and vote Republican. Or you can vote for the Democratic Party which has a proven record of supporting the economic interests of all of us. We need to move forward as a country and only the Democrats offer a plan which does that for ALL of us.
When my grandchildren ask “who caused all this debt?”, I can tell them where I stood and what I’ve fought for since my first letter to the Tipton Conservative back in 1984 opposing Reagan’s policies. What will you tell your children and grand children?
There is an aspect to 9/11 that seldom gets discussed, especially on the anniversary itself. That is the fact that despite many warnings coming from within our government and sources outside, those in charge appear to have chosen to ignore them all.
While no one could ever keep the United States perfectly safe, there is an expectation that those who wield the reins of power should take all threats with some seriousness. As the 9/11 hearings – or at least those that the public were allowed to hear – made it abundantly clear that there were warnings that were not acted on.
This incompetence raised its ugly head again when Katrina hit New Orleans. Despite nearly a full week of warning FEMA – the government’s response team – was in no way ready to respond when the time came. With the agency headed by a political hack who had no business anywhere near an agency like FEMA. Who can ever forget “Heckuva job, Brownie.”
Whether driven by ideology or just plain stupid, incompetence like this has no place in leadership. Yet, we see it once again in Republican leadership’s response to this years outbreak of incredible weather phenomena. Eric Cantor has tried to place himself squarely in the path of aid going to those whose lives have been decimated by the likes of a tornado in Joplin, Missouri and the one-two punch of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee on the east coast. Cantor – in an incredibly incompetent and arrogant move acted to deny aid unless the moneys spent were offset.
Were that the only recent act of Republican incompetence. Texas Governor Rick Perry cut the budget for the states volunteer fire departments by an incredible 75% despite possibly the worst fire season ever in Texas and possibly the United States. This is hardly the only area where Perry demonstrates incompetence. Does America deserve another big talking, totally incompetent president?
Perry is hardly the only republican presidential candidate that exudes incompetence. Mitt Romney can’t seem to make a decision on anything. In a country being held hostage by the Republican congress trying to kill any jobs for Americans, Romney comes from a background of buying businesses, stripping all the value out of them and starving the employees. I am sure he would not have a clue how to deal a with real economy.
We can go on down the list. Bachmann, Paul, Gingerich, Santorum, Caine are all driven by ideology – the same ideology that has been so successful in Iraq and in shaping our current economy.
Barack Obama has demonstrated a cool competence. In comparison to what the Republican record is and what their future portends, Obama is truly the only choice for anyone who really cares about America’s survival.
Just to remind you where this country was about 10 years and 9 months ago, The CBO had calculated that in 10 years, this country would be out of debt – OUT OF DEBT! – had the trajectory at the time been maintained. That despite huge deficits that had been run up under Reagan and Bush 1. Thanks to the incredible incompetence in every area of administration, Obama inherited a country divided, deeply in debt and full of incompetents.
If Obama is not re-elected, you can be assured we will immediately return to those days. Bush, Bush and Reagan have left a clear example of what Republicans do when they have power. They screw things up royally.