It’s been going on all along, but since the freshmen Tea Party endorsed politicians took office, the left has pulled out all the stops in calling them extremists. These mad men (and women) actually want to try to balance the budget.
“We cannot, and will not, sustain deficits like these without end. Contrary to the prevailing wisdom in Washington these past few years, we cannot simply spend as we please and defer the consequences to the next budget, the next administration, or the next generation.”
That doesn’t sound all that extreme to me, yet when wanting to cut less than 1% of the deficit they were painted as such. 100 Billion was their original “extreme” target – about 0.8% of the shortfall. 60 billion was unacceptable, too. 38 billion was only acceptable if traditional political voodoo math was used to come up with the number. The budget that passed the house actually contains only a few hundred million in real savings.
“So if we confront this crisis without also confronting the deficits that helped cause it, we risk sinking into another crisis down the road as our interest payments rise, our obligations come due, confidence in our economy erodes, and our children and our grandchildren are unable to pursue their dreams because they’re saddled with our debts.”
Ahhh. Fearmongering. Maybe that’s what they are talking about – bringing in the children and grandchildren to try to scare us into compliance.
“And that’s why today I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we’ve long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay — and that means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control.”
Woah. What crazy tea party politician took such a bold stand? Cutting the deficit in half? Getting spending under control? That’s extreme!
Oh, yeah… I remember who said that.
It was President Obama during a speech on February 23rd, 2009.
I’m just sayin’….