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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, November 23, 2009

Talking point for a debate

Well, the question isn't about the debt right now..... The normal mode of things is that you save during the good times so that you have something to spend on the inevitable rainy days, and the worst economic situation since the Great Depression certainly qualifies as more than a sprinkle....

The question, my Republican opponent, is not why we're spending now to try to save the economy and save jobs... the question is why your party broke the bank, taking our country trillions into debt, when times were arguably good.

President Clinton, when times were good, balanced the budget. Your party, when times were good, gave a trillion dollar tax break to the wealthiest, gave hundreds of billions unnecessarily to drug companies, and, for the first time in history, cut taxes while fighting a war.

Prior to this crisis, the worst debt offenders in the last 30 years have all been Republican presidents, no matter how much you may spin, and almost all of that debt was added in good times.

Even squirrels know that when the weather's warm, you put a little something away for the inevitable winter. And yet Republicans spent and spent and spent, creating trillions of debt in good times.

So, don't try to lecture me about economics. Republicans certainly have the talking points, but if we really look at the record, Republicans do not have the credibility....


  • Points well taken. I keep hoping to hear these points on television, but the conversations never seem to go there. Your list would be ideal on the Sunday shoutfests.
    I hear this in various forms on Air America, but nowhere else.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:25 PM  

  • Yeah. I think the problem is that it's an argument, not a distilled talking point.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:09 PM  

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