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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:57 AM

Hey Joe Sum - I heard you earlier saying that there are radicals on the left

who don't think deficits matter.

Listen ReTHUG hack, do you remember this?

http://www.salon.com/2009/03/27/deficits/
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Dick Cheney once observed that “deficits don’t matter,” which may well have been the most honest phrase he ever uttered. His words were at least partly true, which is more than can be said for the great majority of the vice president’s remarks — and they certainly expressed the candid attitude of Republicans whenever they attain power. His pithy fiscal slogan should remind us that much of the current political furor over deficit spending in the Obama budget is wrong, hypocritical, and worthy of the deepest skepticism.

In our time, the Republican Party has compiled an impressive history of talking about fiscal responsibility while running up unrivaled deficits and debt. Of the roughly $11 trillion in federal debt accumulated to date, more than 90 percent can be attributed to the tenure of three presidents: Ronald Reagan, who used to complain constantly about runaway spending; George Herbert Walker Bush, reputed to be one of those old-fashioned green-eyeshade Republicans; and his spendthrift son George “Dubya” Bush, whose trillion-dollar war and irresponsible tax cuts accounted for nearly half the entire burden. Only Bill Clinton temporarily reversed the trend with surpluses and started to pay down the debt (by raising rates on the wealthiest taxpayers).

Republicans in Congress likewise demanded balanced budgets in their propaganda (as featured in the 1993 Contract with America), but then proceeded to despoil the Treasury with useless spending and tax cuts for those who needed them least. Even John McCain, once a principled critic of those tax cuts, turned hypocrite when he endorsed them while continuing to denounce the deficits they had caused.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2008/10/02/172396/cheney-deficit-debt/



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Reply Hey Joe Sum - I heard you earlier saying that there are radicals on the left (Original post)
malaise Feb 2013 OP
ananda Feb 2013 #1
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Gidney N Cloyd Feb 2013 #3
malaise Feb 2013 #4

Response to malaise (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:03 AM

1. Jeebs. Even radicals on the left know how to add and subtract.

Mr Micawber's famous, and oft-quoted, recipe for happiness:

"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six , result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery."

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

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Response to ananda (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:22 AM

2. David Copperfield is my favorite Dickens

Still Fugg Joe Scum

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:28 AM

3. I thought the same thing--Cheney-- when Joe said that shit this morning.

And I think the full quote is "Reagan proved deficits don't matter." If I can immediately think of that then surely Mika Mouse or one of the others on the set could have tossed it in, too.

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:37 AM

4. As in Paul nor Ronnie

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