‘deficit hawks and the games they play’

E J Dionne (Washington Post): …It’s satisfying to see President Obama ignore the willfully naive who are wailing over deficits. He knows that new revenue will have to play a big role in deficit reduction. He also knows that House Republicans are pretending we can cut our way out of this mess and would demagogue any general tax increases.

So he has proposed some serious spending cuts and some modest revenue increases to keep things stable as he embarks on a long struggle to move our dysfunctional budget politics to a better place. This annoys his deficit-obsessed critics … Obama should smile, let them rage and go about his business.

Let’s look at history… …by the end of the Clinton years, we had a handsome surplus … the economic downturn that started on Bush 43’s watch made everything worse, cutting revenue and requiring more deficit spending to get the economy moving.

Where were the moderate deficit hawks in all this? …when it’s the progressives’ turn in power, the deficit hawks become ferocious. They denounce liberals if they do not move immediately to address the shortfall left by conservatives. Thus, conservatives get to govern as they wish…

It’s a game for chumps. The conservatives play it brilliantly. By winning their tax cuts and slashing government revenue, they constrain what liberals can do whenever they get back into power…. I hope Obama has the spine to keep calling the bluff of the deficit hawks until they get serious about changing the politics of deficit reduction. We can’t afford another 30 years of fiscal evasion.

Read the full article here

Thank you for the link LOL – great article

6 Responses to “‘deficit hawks and the games they play’”

  1. 1 Dorothy Rissman
    February 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Chipsticks, it is so nice to read something complimenting our president. He has been pretty down on Obama for the last year. EJ understands that we need an adult at the helm and that is PBO.

    • February 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Hiya Dorothy, I really enjoyed that article too. EJ can get a little disillusioned at times, and much as I admire him I think he can be hugely unrealistic about what the President can achieve considering the opposition he faces. But I always respect him and his opinions, I think his heart is in the right place.

  2. 3 Theo67
    February 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    President Obama has all the spine that’s necessary to actually DO the job of serious governing, not just call shots from the sidelines. Aside from that one line, this was a good article.

  3. 4 Sue in Minnesota
    February 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I like E.J. Dionne, and I liked this article. But I love our President and know that he is job is infinitely more complex than expressing a well worded and thought provoking opinion.

  4. 5 majii
    February 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I’m glad to see this article by E.J. Dionne that dares to call the republicans out on their budget hypocrisy. Here in GA, their hypocrisy is on full display, not that I expect their supporters to notice or care. Senators Chambliss and Isakson along with the other republican members of Congress from GA have spent the last 2 + years attacking the president. The members of Congress that were running for re-election here in 2010, demonized PBO and lied about him constantly. Well, Nathan Deal became our new governor. When he was in the House of Representatives, he never missed an opportunity to bash PBO. Their budget hypocrisy has come back to bite them on their butts. The port in Savannah needs to be expanded. The state needs $106,000,000 to get the job done. The president’s budget dedicates $600,000 to this purpose. The budget hypocrites are angry because the state isn’t going to get the money. Deal, who ran ads everywhere that demonized the president, had the nerve to write to the Obama Administration begging for the money. Deal and the rest of the GA delegation are card carrying members of the states’ rights, private companies can do a better job than government group, and the government doesn’t create jobs group. That is NOT the tune they’re singing now. They wanted cuts, they got them, now, they don’t want them, and they’re not saying one word about government takeover, states rights, or Obama is a tax and spend liberal. They never imagined that the president would call their bluff. He has, and they don’t know what to do. Chambliss has vowed to insert the money back into the budget, and the others have pledged to fight to get the funds for the expansion. I must admit, though, that I’m enjoying seeing them fall all over themselves as they try to keep Georgians from knowing how beholden they are to the president and the federal government that they demonize whenever they can. Never did they think that they shouldn’t have been doing the things they’ve done the last 2+ years when they were talking about all spending being bad. Now, they’re saying that government spending for expanding the port of Savannah will create jobs. They should think before they speak, leave the useless rhetoric alone, grow up, and work with the president to solve our problems. I love seeing these useless creatures grapple with the dilemmas they’ve created for themselves and have to appeal to the president they’ve spent years lying about. Sometimes karma can be a mean old beeyotch, and I can’t think of a more deserving group of individuals to suffer as a result of it than the republican members in Congress from GA.

    • 6 EDP4BHO
      February 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks for that deep insight, majii. I so enjoy coming here to get my news. I find I am much too busy to read up on everything related to this administration, but I always know where to go for concise reading. And I just loooovvvveee hearing about rethugs crying in their milk…..they are such measly little creatures.

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