Here is a very interesting graph published in the Washington Post about the past 9 years and the upcoming decade of debt.
The graph is a comparison of the Congressional Budget Office and the White House Office of Management and Budget numbers. You can see that the 2008 deficit is over $400 billion, almost certainly due to the last minute government “fix” that has worked so well. When asked about his drunken-sailor spending in a recent press conference, President Obama put the blame on President Bush:
Chip Reid: Thank you, Mr. President.
At both of your town hall meetings in California last week, you said, quote, “I didn’t run for president to pass on our problems to the next generation.”
But under your budget, the debt will increase $7 trillion over the next 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office says $9.3 trillion. And today on Capitol Hill, some Republicans called your budget, with all the spending on health care, education and environment, the most irresponsible budget in American history.
Isn’t that kind of debt exactly what you were talking about when you said passing on our problems to the next generation?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: First of all, I suspect that some of those Republican critics have a short memory, because as I recall, I’m inheriting a $1.3 trillion deficit, annual deficit, from them. [emphasis added - CM]
You are inheriting a $1.3 trillion deficit?!? Big fat bull patooties, President! The Democrats in power are spending money with all the self-restraint of an alcoholic in a brewery. But it’s not his fault. Oh, no. It’s all the fault of those eeeeevil Republicans. I have this mental image of a father chewing out his kid for spilling his sippy-cup on the floor when right next to it is the father’s spilled 96-ounce Uber-Gulp.
I have to admit that I can’t think of any new program or spending put forth by this administration that I can support, but I’m sure there must be some that both make sense and are actually constitutionally specified.
But there is a new government spending program I could support 100%. Recently Senator Jim DeMint spoke on the floor of the Senate about the Serve America Act1, and he made the following comment:
Unfortunately, our history shows us when Government gets involved, it tends to take something that is working and make it not work nearly as well. Civil society works because it is everything Government is not. It is small, it is personal, it is responsive, it is accountable. Civil society must be protected from any effort to make it more like Government.
I could fully support the government placing these words in a large frame in every government office across this land to remind every elected office-holder, every appointed official, and every faceless flunky in the bureaucracy that government meddling in civil affairs only makes things worse.
If these words succeeded in reining in the expansion of government into every sector of our lives, it would be money well worth spending.
1 “It’s a cookbook!”