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The Republicans, since 1980, always run up our National Deficit.  It's a fact.

Nat'l Deficit Graph

Will the Democrats EVER start shouting this from the rooftops?

Will we EVER see this chart on the news?

And todays deficit.  Where did it come from?  

Not from socially responsible programs to create jobs, feed people, and keep roofs over Americans' heads like FDR.  Or to make us more energy independent.  Or to make a US education one of the top ten in the world.  Nope.  Au contraire, mon ami!

Tax cuts for the most wealthy and a mostly privatized war.  Starkly simple, yet true.

I highly recommend Stephen Bloch's deficit analysis.    Stephen determined that:

If you include fiscal 2008-2009, G.W. Bush's "average annual deficit minus first-year deficit" was over three times the corresponding figure for FDR.


What?  Whaatttt?

This is ludicrous and lame beyond imagination.  

It's like worrying about whether or not the red wine stain will come out of the Emperor's new robe while Rome is Burning.  The Roman people could have cared less, at the time, about the red wine stain!

The millions who have been tossed into the 18%-20%+++ American poverty rate, the 8 million who have lost their homes, and an undetermined number of millions who are underemployed, must feel like they have joined the other millions of previously forgotten Americans.  

Really, Americans care much more about having both a job and a semblance of job security right now, then they do about the deficit.

Please, don't let them get away with this shell game.  

The only thing David Axelrod Et Al should be talking about on Sunday morning is how they plan to employ millions of eager-to-work-again Americans and plans for saving the homes of innocent, long-term unemployeds.  These two issues can keep majorities in Congress.  Let the GOP do all their foot stomping, crazy issue arguing on Fox, and finger pointing.

At the ballot box, in democratic secrecy, Americans will vote for the persojn/party they believe cares about whether or not they and their family members have a job and a roof over their heads.

It's not Political Rocket Science.

And when you hear either side mention ANY form of tax cuts to solve our economic woes, know you are being lied to, AGAIN.

Tax cuts cause deficits.  Unfunded war spending causes deficits.  It's plain and simple.  It's not Accounting Rocket Science.  If you take in less than you spend, you have a deficit.  In the governments case, if they take in less taxes then they spend, we have a national deficit.

The Republicans caused the deficit.

Here's the chart, again.  Deficits with the Tax cuts and Deficits without the Tax cuts:

Deficit Caused Mostly by Bush

One more time, tax cuts for the wealthy and military spending created our deficits.  To fix the deficits, reverse the tax cuts (not for the middle class, if there still is one) and reduce military spending.

They are coming for our Social Security and other social safety nets.  It's been a neo-liberal dream for years and they are using the deficit as an excuse to get this heartless desire manifest.  I call it Manifest Poverty.

Don't let them.  Make them return to fiscal sanity in the same way it worked for decades.  Reverse the tax cuts.  Reduce military spending.

Keep shouting it from the roof tops.

Keep your hands off of our social safety nets and support the long-term unemployed with jobs, jobs, and more jobs.

Deficits Affect of Tax Cuts


Donors, not voters, are more important to both parties.  Maybe there is more big money to be made pushing tax cuts for the wealthy and maintaining the cash cow which is the Military Industrial Complex?



Here's another source for deficits.  Notice that Surpluses happened when there was a Democratic President and/or Senate and House control by Democrats, except in years where Deficits were inherited by prior GOP control.

Originally posted to War on Error on Sat Jul 17, 2010 at 03:59 PM PDT.

Also republished by Salt Lake City Kossacks.

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  •  What else do you expect from Rethugs? (4+ / 0-)
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    Marie, divineorder, War on Error, juturna
    For them, lying is as natural as breathing and collecting campaign contributions from big business!
    •  200,000 so far have committed to work (1+ / 0-)
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      Randall Sherman

      to change this:

      people have signed

         * Overturn Citizens United:
           Amend the Constitution to protect America from unlimited corporate spending on our elections by overturning the Supreme Court's decision giving corporations the same First Amendment rights as people.
         * Fair elections now:
           Pass the Fair Elections Now Act, providing public financing to candidates who are supported by small donors so they can compete with corporate-backed and self-funded candidates.
         * Lobbyist Reform Act:
           Pass legislation to end the overwhelming influence of corporate lobbyists by: prohibiting individuals from switching from corporate lobbying to government service, or vice-versa, within a 5-year period; stopping corporate lobbyists from giving gifts and providing free travel to government officials; and posting online the attendees and content of all meetings between lobbyists and government officials.

      Yes, Mr. President, David Waldman says: Filibuster Reform Now

      by divineorder on Sat Jul 17, 2010 at 07:21:56 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Every Republican must be asked (4+ / 0-)

    What's more important to you, the deficit or tax cuts? This simple question will stop them in their lying, fake deficit hawk tracks.

    "The only thing we have to fear - is fear itself." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    by orrg1 on Sat Jul 17, 2010 at 04:39:30 PM PDT

  •  The bus is going over a cliff (2+ / 0-)
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    Marie, divineorder

    Don't wake the driver! - Kicking against the pricks since '98!

    by chuckvw on Sat Jul 17, 2010 at 05:09:02 PM PDT

    •  Heh. One poll I saw shows voters not blaming (1+ / 0-)
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      Obama, though.  

      Americans Blame Bush, Not Obama, for Deficit,

      Jobs, Afghan War July 15, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

      At least those polled are not.

      Yes, Mr. President, David Waldman says: Filibuster Reform Now

      by divineorder on Sat Jul 17, 2010 at 07:19:50 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  At this point it's not about elections (1+ / 0-)
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        America as a somewhat social democracy with a thriving middle class is going down the tubes.  That's going to be tough to get back given that neither party truly sees the problem or even seems to care - with a few shining exceptions...

        It would be great to vote for someone who wants to do more than slow the space of destruction.

        And I agree with those polled.  Bush left us a burning house.  It will belong to Obama and the Congress if the house burns down.  Of course, who's to blame will be the last thing on our minds when we are in survival mode.

        That's just the truth, IMO. - Kicking against the pricks since '98!

        by chuckvw on Sat Jul 17, 2010 at 08:20:13 PM PDT

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  •  Great Message -- Great Points! WoE (3+ / 0-)
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    Marie, divineorder, viet vet

    wow where'd you find that Blue Chart?

    I was looking for that,
    after I saw it on K.O.

    But got nowhere close to finding it.

    well done.

    and thanks for all the handy research.

    The GOP are the Deficit Makers --
    NOT the Deficit Hawks,
    they pretend to be.

    Sounds like they have Deficit of Truth, as well?

    The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood. --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Seymour, 1807

    by jamess on Sat Jul 17, 2010 at 05:30:24 PM PDT

    •  KO showed the chart? (3+ / 0-)
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      Marie, jamess, divineorder

      When was that?

      Here's the source.  It was in my diary dated 6/28/2010 and titled:

      These Charts Explain Krugman's 3rd Depression Prediction

      The true cause of our deficits is reported by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  Facts, not opinions.  Go viral with the facts.  Charts teach.


      The events and policies that have pushed deficits to these high levels in the near term, however, were largely outside the new Administration’s control. If not for the tax cuts enacted during the presidency of George W. Bush that Congress did not pay for, the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that were initiated during that period, and the effects of the worst economic slump since the Great Depression (including the cost of steps necessary to combat it), we would not be facing these huge deficits in the near term.

      While President Obama inherited a dismal fiscal legacy, that does not diminish his responsibility to propose policies to address our fiscal imbalance and put the weight of his office behind them. Although policymakers should not tighten fiscal policy in the near term while the economy remains fragile, they and the nation at large must come to grips with the nation’s long-term deficit problem. But we should not mistake the causes of our predicament.

      diary link:

  •  FDR had one great advantage we don't today (3+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, divineorder, War on Error

    He could spend on recovery as he didn't inherit the deficits at the start of this Admin. Good information.

  •  For a digest of push back articles (1+ / 0-)
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    War on Error

    Yes, Mr. President, David Waldman says: Filibuster Reform Now

    by divineorder on Sat Jul 17, 2010 at 07:14:00 PM PDT

  •  That National Debt Graph is (1+ / 0-)
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    War on Error

    so interesting.  And I'm not exactly sure why.  What happened in the 1970s is still a mystery.  And the reported very low inflation rate over the past decade doesn't compute.

    "Dulled conscience, irresponsibility, and ruthless self-interest already reappear. Such symptoms of prosperity may become portents of disaster!" FDR - 1937

    by Marie on Sat Jul 17, 2010 at 07:17:36 PM PDT

    •  Inflation. (1+ / 0-)
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      In my world, there has been inflation.

      Things I bought for years have more than doubled in cost.

      If inflation isn't measured by consumable goods, what does it indicate?  Just look at the price of housing, for instance.   Or mascara.  

      •  True but it hasn't been a subject for public (1+ / 0-)
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        War on Error

        discussion since 1980.  Nixon-Ford-Carter were all battered by inflation because it was discussed endlessly.  And yet, my experience of it was that my income rose as fast or faster than inflation.

        Now we pretend it doesn't exist and the damn government reporting confirms that it's non-existent.  That was crazy from 2001-2007 when housing prices rose by 50-300%.  Our government has become so dysfunctional that it can't even report realities we can see every day.  

        "Dulled conscience, irresponsibility, and ruthless self-interest already reappear. Such symptoms of prosperity may become portents of disaster!" FDR - 1937

        by Marie on Sat Jul 17, 2010 at 08:50:07 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Democrat message: We care. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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