Monday, February 16, 2009


John Cole finds some graphs (take a look) that put the sudden fiscal-conservative-big-tent revival of Congressional Republicans in a more reality driven perspective. Shorter Cole: They never were.

And none of these graphs include the violence done to the budget in the last year of the Bush administration. Long story short- even during the years of Republican Jesus Ronald Reagan, Republicans were never “fiscal conservatives.”

And just because I am full of spite and like to rub things in, let me point to this:

I find it amazing that the Republicans who doubled the debt of the country in eight years and produced no new jobs doing it, gave us an economic record that was totally bereft of any productive result are now criticizing him for spending money. You know, I’m a fiscal conservative, I balanced the budget, I ran surpluses.

That was Bill Clinton, aka the Clenis. That should leave a mark. The Republican response to their utter failure? To run around hollering “porkulus” and releasing Aerosmith videos.

It's like the playground in 3rd grade out there some days. Again: Huge deficit without job growth. Now it's necessary to further grow the deficit to create those jobs. And do you know what would offset the cost of this stimulus? The money we would save not being in Iraq.

It seems too simple. Because it is.


  1. clinton's comment is a partial truth. he did run surpluses, but he also passed programs that created future liabilities that he knew he'd be long gone before the bill came due.

  2. isn't that still more fiscally conservative than cutting taxes and increasing spending at the same time?