I wrote this piece in 2010, and it was originally posted on another blog. I decided to repost it here in honor of the anniversary of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
The persistent cacophony from the Republican debt/deficit hawks, who only surface during Democratic administrations, is enough to keep me rolling my eyes in to perpetuity.The most pitiful and annoying aspect of this particular trait in Republicans, is their seeming forgetfulness.
Indeed, I have become consumed with a burning desire to remind them of exactly who is responsible for driving up U.S. debt. And, as you undoubtedly deduced from my graphic, It is the evil triumvirate of three Republican presidents, at least 2 of which are destined to be remembered in history as "The Two Worst Presidents Ever".
My solution is simple. When these phony deficti/debt hawks start blathering their lies and nonsense in my presence, I ask these conservatives a simple, yet telling, question, leaving them unable to deny reality, at least in my presence.
“Why did you not concern yourself with debt and deficits when Bush-the-Lesser was in office, or for that matter,Dear Ronald????
And, in return, I usually get a blank stare, until I whip out .this graph of the national debt by presidential tenure, and then they whimper as they slink off with what I hope is a sense of deep shame.
As one can clearly see when you click the image to enlarge it, the Republican Presidents, beginning with Reagan, are the ONLY Presidents responsible for overall increases in the national debt since World War II.
Also worth noting…….the fact that Dear President Ronald Reagan took the United States from being the largest creditor nation in the world, to being the largest debtor nation in the world.
A truly sad commentary on the fiscal policy of Republican Presidents.
June 8, 2011 Adding……President Obama got stuck with this accumulated debt, and was then required to take on more debt in order to extend the Bush tax cuts, to stimulate the economy, and to bail out Wall Street.