The Associated Press, in my opinion, has schmoozed Democrats like most of pomp media, but finally the most influential wire service in the world has done a fact check on President Barack Obama’s budget deficit claims. The result: guilty as charged, both the president and the Democratic members of Congress. The president and Congress fall back on President George W. Bush and the Republicans every time the budget deficit is mentioned. They’re like a bunch of kids standing in a circle around a broken vase. When Mom says who did it, a chorus arises, “It wasn’t me!”
If you’re a regular visitor to The US Report, you’ve heard me say responsibility for ridiculous levels of spending and lack of oversight of our taxpayer money should be acknowledged by both political parties. It is obvious the GOP members of Congress—dubbed the “Party of No” by the opposition—have learned a valuable lesson about spending. The Dems may never learn. It’s in their political DNA. They are definitely the “Party of Yes” when it comes to irresponsible spending and oversight.
In a story published Thursday, Obama’s 101st day in office, the AP responded to Obama’s claim, “It wasn’t me.”
The AP said, “It actually was him - and the other Democrats controlling Congress the previous two years - who shaped a budget so out of balance.”
As a US senator Obama was party to millions and millions in earmark requests. I’ve mentioned before he was shrewd to do this because he knew if he became president it would be trickier to make all those constituents happy. Obama’s e2008 armark requests are still online, but pomp media barely gave them a nod, possibly due to the collective leg shivers journalists seem to get anytime the candidate was around.
Two joint earmarks Obama was party to total $66 MILLION and they're a drop in the bucket:
•Center for Civic Education, for its National Council for Economic Education, $33,000,000
This program promotes civic competence and responsibility among American students and provides support for education exchange activities in civics and economics between the United States and other nations.
•National Writing Project, $30,000,000
This funding would improve student achievement by improving the teaching and uses of writing in the nation's schools.
Neither earmark is worthwhile. Notice the federal government penchant for complete lack of specificity. These earmarks are a waste of taxpayer money, just another way to dole out favors.
The current Democratic Congress is indebting our children and our grandchildren on a level never seen before. If you want to keep tabs on where all that “stimulus” money is going, bookmark the Washington Watch Website located at Republican Whip Eric Cantor’s (Va.) website.
I don’t just blame the Democrats for the spending or our current problems, by the way. The Republican Party is undergoing a long overdue soul searching, and the Democrats clearly offered the most attractive candidate to the populace. But I like to see a president own up to what he and his party produce, and it’s high time the aging Pelosi-Reid cartel and Obama do exactly that. The AP Fact Check on claims about federal spending is long overdue.
As a sidenote, the only reason I bring up the age factor is the attention paid to Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) age during the election by media, Democrats and the entertainment industry. McCain can run circles around most of the Democratic leaders and most of those leaders are older than he his.
Obama 'Fact Check' shows Democrats spend like former GOP by Kay B. Day