A good friend passed this on to me today.  I tried to find the original source and have, as yet, been unable.  If you know it, please let me know via a comment.  Thanks.

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I’m Sick of “Inherited

The Washington Post babbled again today about Obama inheriting a huge deficit from Bush, blah blah blah.  Amazingly enough, a lot of people swallow this nonsense.

So once more, I’ll try a short civics lesson.

Budgets do not come from the White House.  They come from Congress, and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party.  They controlled the budget process for FY 2008 and FY 2009, as well as FY 2010 and FY 2011.  In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.  For FY 2009, though, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office.  At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the FY 2009 budgets.

And where was Barack Obama during this time?  He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete FY 2009.

Let’s remember what the deficits looked like during that period:

If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the FY 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets.  That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending.  After that, Democrats in   Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.  If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself.

In a nutshell,  what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.

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My take on this is that Congress in particular and Washington-based political systems in general are broken.  The above takes offense with Mr. Obama and the Democrats for distorting facts to take political advantage.  I think that both parties and most politicians are playing the same game.  If we are to fix things, there are two choices, IMHO.  We can either elect new members of Congress who will have the guts to govern instead of just playing politics.  Or, we can allow the system to collapse and replace it with one that will work.  I tend to favor working within the current system but radically reforming it.  My son Jeff, over at Rhyzome gives his arguments for collapse.

The new series of posts that will begin here this week will focus on policies and ideas that I hope will go to Washington with a new Congress and allow its new members to lead the reform. Stay tuned for “20 Weeks – 20 Issues” and plan to add your two cents.