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On days of Republican leaders lives..."We can not spell fiscal" (May 9, 2006 1:02 PM)
Posted by: Good Will
I while a go I mentioned that Republicans leaders would not know a balanced budget and fiscal responsibility if it hit them in the ..., er....face. Some argued with this. (
But it seem that it continues to hold true:

A $2.7 trillion budget plan pending before the House would raise the federal debt ceiling to nearly $10 trillion, less than two months after Congress last raised the federal government's borrowing limit.
The provision -- buried on page 121 of the 151-page budget blueprint -- serves as a backdrop to congressional action this week. House leaders hope to try once again to pass a budget plan for fiscal 2007, a month after a revolt by House Republican moderates and Appropriations Committee members forced leaders to pull the plan.

If you are thinking this is fluke that somehow snuck in there, for no good reason, let look at why it might be there:

2003 - 2005: Increased discretionary spending from $649 billion to $967 billion - a 48% increase.

Of course, since money does not grow on trees it has to come from somewhere. Hmmm....coudl it be that it is from borrowing?
Total outstanding debt was $5.8 trillion in 2001. Now it is over 8 trillion dollars - a 37% increase.

So which part of this exactly is fiscally responsible? And how does this spell small government. if I run my household like this I'd soon be out living on the street.
Though I bet NeoCons would try hard to find me a nice cell in their future concentration camps. (You could call it a snarky comment had Bush not detained Padilla without charges)

And in the end, let me dare mention that Clinton has in fact balanced the budget.

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