- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
In response to Shelah Parsons’ Sept. 12 letter to the editor [“Debt problems began long before Obama,” The Calvert Recorder], I would like to submit the following.
Here we go again, another President Obama apologist trying to rewrite history in order to cover up this administration’s failures. First off, I’m not sure what blog or Democrat website she got her numbers from, but I will be using data from the Congressional Budget Office and Treasury Department websites. I like how Parsons digs further back in time, even beyond Bush, to Reagan, in order to cover Obama’s track record of failure and massive government expansion. It’s kind of like, don’t look here at this Obama train wreck; look over there at Reagan’s bicycle flat tire. Well, your David Copperfield impression won’t fool the millions in this country who are living the failure by being unemployed, on food stamps, having their home foreclosed on or living on welfare, or businesses going bankrupt or having a tough time making ends meet. You honestly cannot say we are better off today than we were four years ago.
As far as your dig on Reagan and those evil tax cuts you described, they actually increased federal revenues by 64 percent due to those cuts creating a robust economy and massive private sector growth. Sadly, the then-Democratic Congress couldn’t help itself and spent it all plus some, but to be clear, it is ultimately Congress’ job to handle this country’s finances, according to the Constitution. When it comes to the Reagan military buildup that ended the brutal communist domination of Eastern Europe and the fall of the Soviet Union, the proper response from you should be, “Thank you, President Reagan.”
Now onto the Clinton surplus myth: I think it’s amazing how Clinton worshippers continue to pass this misinformation, ignoring facts that are clearly available on the Treasury Department’s website. Clinton’s best fiscal year was in 2000, and that was a deficit of $17.9 billion, even with passing the largest tax increase in U.S. history. But somehow, with Democrat funny math, Parsons turns it into a surplus. They got their surplus by borrowing from intragovernmental holdings, such as Social Security, to pay down the debt, and called it income when it is actually debt that is supposed to be paid back to Social Security. Double counting the same money is a tactic Democrats have used for years. It’s easy to see through. Just look at the national debt: It has gone up every year since President Dwight Eisenhower; not once has it ever decreased. To be clear, during Clinton’s eight years in office, this country’s debt rose $1.4 trillion. Parsons is correct to point out that during Bush’s eight years as president, our debt rose $5 trillion, but she incorrectly states that Republicans gave him a pass.
On the heels of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, everyone, both Republicans and Democrats, jumped on board to do whatever it took to fight the war on terror, and subsequently lived with the massive spending at that time. It was during Bush’s second term when the Republicans balked at Bush’s TARP, stimulus and other big government spending ideas. Actually, Bush had an ally of sorts in Barack Obama, except Obama contended Bush wasn’t spending enough. So, Ms. Parsons, it was the Republicans that tried to get a reign in on Bush’s spending expansion, and it was your party that wanted more, so it is a bit disingenuous to criticize Bush for something your own party encouraged.
Now, you compare all that was just said to Obama’s $6 trillion debt increase in less than four years and, by far, this country is worse off. As Americans continue to struggle, the debt continues to increase at a record pace with no end in sight, and we are now mortgaging the futures of our children and grandchildren. The Obama, Hoyer and Cardin status quo of tax, spend, raise the debt ceiling, tax and spend some more has got to end. It is imperative that we elect responsible adult leadership to represent us, so that is why I’m voting for presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R), U.S. Senate candidate Dan Bongino (R) and House of Representatives candidate Maryland Del. Anthony J. O’Donnell (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s) on Nov. 6, which happens to be my birthday — what a present it would be to have real and honest change take hold in our country.
Brian D. Lee, Lusby