What Would Reagan Do?

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  1. Ed Darrell says:

    We know what Reagan did — those of us who were there:

    “Pedal to the metal, FULL SPENDING AHEAD!”

    It was important to outspend the Soviets, outspend Europe, outspend Japan. Dick Cheney later observed that deficits don’t matter.

    That’s not what Michael Reagan said? Maybe there was a reason they kept Michael well out of Washington when the old man was president.

  2. We know what Pelosi did:

    “Pedal to the metal, FULL SPENDING AHEAD!”

    If I remember correctly, the national debt crossed the $1Trillion mark for the first time during Reagan’s Presidency, and Nancy Pelosi added OVER $5Trillion to the debt in just 4 years as speaker.

    Check out the comments I made here:
    Biggest Spending House Speaker in History: Tax Cuts Produce Deficits, Not Jobs

  3. Unemployment rate in December 2006,
    just before Nancy Pelosi took power as Speaker of the House: 4.4%

    Unemployment rate in December 2010,
    after four years of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House: 9.4%

    Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Unemployment more than doubled under Pelosi’s watch.

  4. Number of Discouraged Workers in December 2006,
    just before Nancy Pelosi took power as Speaker of the House: 274,000

    Number of Discouraged Workers in December 2010,
    after four years of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House: 1,318,000

    Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    The number of Discouraged Workers more than quadrupled under Pelosi’s watch.

  5. Here are some of the false promises (a.k.a LIES) by Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats in 2006 in their attempts to fool the electorate into falsely believing that Democrats were the more fiscally responsible party, and should be given control of Congress in the 2006 elections…

    … House Democrats will submit these priorities to the rigors of “Pay As You Go” budgeting to ensure that new spending or tax cuts do not add to the deficit… (page 11)

    Deficit spending is not just a fiscal problem – it’s a national security issue as well. Our New Direction is committed to “Pay As You Go” budgeting – no more deficit spending. We are committed to auditing the books and subjecting every facet of federal spending to tough budget discipline and accountability, forcing the Congress to choose a new direction and the right priorities for all Americans. (page 25)

    Source: A NEW DIRECTION FOR AMERICA, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats of the 109th Congress.

  6. To Nancy Pelosi,

    “no more deficit spending”

    means

    $5,200,000,000,000 new deficit spending.”

    But since she lies about what the Bible says, she’ll lie about anything.

  7. Correlation of Unemployment and controlling political party

    Correlation of Discouraged Workers and controlling political party

    Graphs from: Liars and Spend-aholics

    The Economy since January 2007 has been
    a majority-Democrat-controlled economy!.

    Obama did not “inherit” this economy…
    He and Pelosi helped to create it, and has made it steadily worse.

    Every bill and every budget must be passed by:

    1) House
    2) Senate
    3) President (unless Congress overrides veto)

    Since January 2007, Democrats have controlled a majority of those 3!

  8. Also take a look at the Total Public Debt Outstanding as a percentage of U.S. GDP from 1940 to 2010:

    Graph of U.S. gross public debt between 1940 and 2010 as a percentage of GDP, broken down by presidential terms. Year numbers refer to end of the fiscal year (that is, each year tick points to October 1 [July 1 before 1977] rather than January 1 of its calendar year), with the rationale that the fiscal activities of the previous President and Congress impact the economy for some period of time after the January inauguration of the subsequent office-holders.

    —————–

    … But rather than looking at that chart in terms of which party controlled the Presidency,
    look at it in terms of which party controlled a majority of the Presidency, House, and Senate.

    That paints a very different picture.

    For both Reagan and George W. Bush, the debt attributed to them in the last two years of their Presidnecy should really be attributed to the Democrats, who controlled both the House and Senate, and therefor a majority of the parts that put together budgets.

    “Credit” for all of debt created during George H.W. Bush’s presidency similarly goes to the Democrats, who controlled both the House and Senate, and therefor a majority of the parts that put together budgets.

    And the credit for the improvements during the last 6 years of the Clinton Presidency lie not with Clinton but with the Republicans who controlled the House and Senate.

  9. Ed Darrell says:

    House Democrats will submit these priorities to the rigors of “Pay As You Go” budgeting to ensure that new spending or tax cuts do not add to the deficit

    Democrats voted for it. Republicans not only ran away from “pay as you go” budgeting and not adding to the deficit, they took the nation’s stimulus package hostage to back off from any form of increasing revenues to make it “pay as you go.” Grover Norquist and his merry terrorist band probably have photographs of Mitch McConnell in compromising positions with several different species one would think, considering how McConnell insists we should never pay as we go. Eric Cantor dropped out of the current finance and budget talks saying he would never even discuss pay-as-you-go.

    You’re right, Pelosi had the right idea. She still does. You defend the evisceration of that policy in every other venue. Please make that clear here, that it’s your side that doesn’t like it.

  10. House Democrats will submit these priorities to the rigors of “Pay As You Go” budgeting to ensure that new spending or tax cuts do not add to the deficit

    Democrats voted for it.

    Sure, they voted for it, but then how many times did they actually “submit” to it, as promised?

    And how many times did they choose to waive “Pay As You Go” and choose NOT to “submit” to it, as promised?

  11. Ed Darrell says:

    We’re not “broke” as a nation, and we should regard those who claim we must eviscerate government and services to people who need government services as equal in intent to terrorists.

    Democrats voted for “pay as you go,” and nearly got it. Republicans killed it.

    If you’re leveling criticism, criticize Mitch McConnell and John Boehner. Don’t criticize Nancy Pelosi because she failed to do anything to harm those guys, but instead let the democratic processes flow.

  12. We’re not “broke” as a nation, and we should regard those who claim we must eviscerate government and services to people who need government services as equal in intent to terrorists.

    Taurus Fimus.

    Pelosi campaigned for Speaker on fiscal conservatism, then practiced Cloward-Piven, and now you want to call fiscal conservatives “equal in intent to terrorists”? Nancy Pelosi was for fiscal conservatism before she was against it.

    Democrats voted for “pay as you go,” and nearly got it. Republicans killed it.

    Taurus Fimus

    If you’re leveling criticism, criticize Mitch McConnell and John Boehner. Don’t criticize Nancy Pelosi because she failed to do anything to harm those guys, but instead let the democratic processes flow.

    So, you wish Nancy Pelosi had succeeded in “harming” Mitch McConnell and John Boehner? Who’s the terrorist?

    If you want to claim that Pelosi, Reid, and Obama, while controlling the House, a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, and the Presidency, somehow didn’t get what they wanted but rather what Republicans wanted, then you are advocating the position that Pelosi, Reid, and Obama are utterly incompetent.

    If that’s your position, so be it.

  13. Aaron says:

    I think it is important to note that:

    1. Congress makes the federal budget, not the President; the President just signs off on it.
    2. External factors to the budget are probably the greatest drivers to the national debt.

    The reason the national debt spiked so dramatically after 1940 was due to WWII, which I don’t think either side was against fighting (except for the progressive extremist Jeanette Rankin, but even Montana was embarassed by her vote)

    The reason the national debt surged under Reagan was that the Soviets were overdue for their defeat, which thanks to Reagan’s leadership came without a single shot. The climax–and ultimately, ending–of the cold war was behind the surge in national debt more than Reagan’s presidency, and I would hope that any president would’ve taken the same course of actions that Reagan took in ending it. Its end was the single best thing that could happen for our national security and for world economic growth in the 20th century.

    Everybody won, except western social-liberals who contiuned to mourn yet another spectacular failure of their coveted socially progressive dream.

    However, I do have to laugh at Ed for suggesting that cutting the blood supply to social freeloaders, or “eviscerate government and services to people who need government services” as he puts it, is somehow equal in intent to terrorism. Really Ed, that one was shrill even by daily kos standards. Now run along back to your mother’s basement before she finds out you left your Star Trek DVDs running again. Hurry, she might have dinner ready when you get back.

  14. BOB says:

    Red Pill, BOB from MM,

    Check this out:

    News: Tea Party Nation Takes on the Eligibility Issue

    http://thesteadydrip.blogspot.com/2011/07/breaking-big-deal-news-tea-party-nation.html

  15. Aaron,

    Thank you for your comment. I appreciate what you said, but I don’t think the Cold War ever really ends, because it is a battle of ideologies. Reagan helped bring the Berlin wall down, but in the 20+ years since then, the Communist thought process has become even MORE pervasive in our media, universities, and government than it was then.

    Educating our young people properly is a never-ending necessity, and if we fail to do it, we will lose the war.

    “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

    – Ronald Reagan

  16. BOB from MM,

    It’s good to see you here! Thanks for the link, I saw it when you posted it at MM, too.

    Momentum continues to build.

    Obama has already played the only two cards he had in his hand…
    1) Procucing a supposed long-form Certificate of Live Birth
    2) Supposedly killing Osama Bin Laden

    Those two distracted from Corsi’s book, but only for a while. Now the “Bin Laden bump” is gone, and Obama has no more cards to play. Unless he inspires a Communist revolution, which I have believed since March 2008 has always been his intent.

  17. Ed Darrell,

    Obama thinks he’s “Got Five-And-A-Half Years More To Go”

    I think 2012 will be a replay of 2010:

  18. What would Carter do?

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