Ki.....That's just the kind of letter I usually expect from a partisan. Again, most of you liberals start out by insulting someone and then talking about how dumb they are and how smart you are. I will compare brain pans with you any day.
Now, ignoring your rudeness, you are right, the wars are responsible for a significant amount of the debt but Afghanistan was unavoidable. So it needs to be eliminated from discussion. Also, it is still around and Bush was responsible for 7 years and Obama 6 years.
Iraq was useless, it was a total waste of money and lives. It cost about 1.3 trillion according to the Huffington Post. Since the debt was around 10 trillion when Obama came in and is 17 trillion now...I will agree to subtract from the 7 trillion difference 1.3 and that would leave 5.7 trillion for Barry.
What are the other drivers of the deficit...800 billion for "stimulus" that didn't work...entitlements went up over 40% under Obama....Bush tax cuts, but they also generated some revenue so their affect is hard to put your finger on. etc.
A partisan like you ignored what I said from the start..they both spend like drunken sailors..neither being guiltless.
If you are going to act "smart" you should at least read my comments first.
Gaussianinterger...You are right, some of that debt is both wars. We are still in Afghanistan, a war by the way supported by 95% of the country when we invaded, and Obama has been president for 6 years. As you know, Obama ok'ed the surge. He is just as culpable as GW.
I said at the time in several letters to the editor that Iraq was a mistake that was wasted lives and money.
The situation as it is today, is about 1/3 Bush's fault and 2/3 Obama's fault. You can't keep letting Obama off the hook and be fair. He is president and he is now responsible. The problem has always been that he is incompetent. Clinton was competent and even Carter was competent, but Obama is not. He has no practical management experience to draw from. It is not enough to surround yourself with good people. You have to be able to separate the BS from the truth yourself. Obama does not have that ability.
The bottom line is that if you liberals don't do something about Obama, he will set you back 20 years. Not even the worst partisan will put up with incompetence forever.
Let me be clear...
The Republicans were wrong in their spending habits in 2001-2008. They ran up the deficits.
The Republicans and democrats were wrong in approving the bank bailout. All it did was put off the inevitable for a few years. Corporate welfare is still welfare.
Obama was wrong in spending my money for "stimulus" which was just a huge political pay off system. It didn't work and it was fiscally unsound.
Obama has tripled the deficit during his tenure making things worse. All of his socialism has failed whether you like these programs or not. We cannot afford them.
Republicans and democrats got us into this mess and we all still put them back in office at a rate of 95%. How crazy is that?
By the way, he is the president but not "my president." He is a total embarrassment and insult to people like me.
fairmon...the problem is that maybe the people running it no more about education but they know absolutely nothing about management. That is not their forte. They would go nuts if you or I said we know more about education than they do with their experience and education but they will never admit that some of us with business/management experience could teach them a thing or two.
Oops, spell check didn't save me...of course I meant "FEEL." You must be an English teacher but what I need is a typing teacher.
connie....today has nothing to do with "sodomites."
conservative...what does every discussion on this page have to turn into something about "sodomites" and gay bathhouses. I don't see the connection with those things and Chris Christie.
Just a little off the subject.....
carlB.....I don't give a damn what McConnell said about Obama. The Republicans did the right thing by saying to Obama, HELL NO. Anyone with any sense would see that he was and is the most unqualified person to ever hold the office. Community organizer....give me a break.
You are right, spending by Republicans helped get us in trouble, then your guy doubled down and spent twice as much. As far as a "great depression," that was stopped with the bank bailout passed when Bush was president. Obama and the democrats "stimulus" put us farther in the hole. If you are going to rewrite history, at least be sober.
Liberals, and especially blacks, look at this know-nothing as some kind of God. It is silly when you look at his record. He sucks..
Gay bathhouses...again...give me a break.
This article is a prime example of the following:
This whole cartoon and discussion is based on the assumption that liberals are smart and everyone else is dumb.
I think that liberals and conservatives are smart to the same extent. Red neck conservatives are balanced by black gang bangers on the low end. On the high end there are billionaires on each side, scientists, teachers, etc. in different ratios.
The difference I see on this page is liberals like Bennett constantly make fun of the intelligence of the other side just because we disagree on approach.
Let's take a subject..say..global warming. Liberals say that the data definitely shows that it exists and that people who disagree, no matter the proof that they have, are dumb. We conservatives could just as easily make the same point about liberal/socialist ideas that have failed miserably in practice and outcome and portray liberals as dumb.
The problem is that we disagree about which philosophy is smarter. The problem is that there is no difference in intelligence at all but there is how the two types of brains perceive the same set of facts. The problem is facts are facts and no matter the perception they stand on their own. What both sides have to avoid is elevating their views to a religion that assume that their perceptions are infallible.