- Scalise (R-Metairie): N
- Fleming (R-Minden): N
- Landry (R-New Iberia): N
- Alexander (R-Quitman): Y
- Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge): Y
- Boustany (R-Lafayette): Y
- Richmond (D-New Orleans): Y
This entire episode is a grand embarassment to this country. We have terrible debt problems, and we've continuously operated with budget deficits throughout the last 10 years. Why?
"Reagan proved deficits don't matter" - Vice President Dick Cheney
Remind me what the debt was in 2009, the year Barack Obama took office?
Total public treasury debt: 10,613,904,888,048.13
Yes, now it's about $14 trillion. But let us stop you for a moment. Wasn't $10 trillion in debt a lot? And in the midst of the worst economy since the great depression, with automatic expenditures rising (like, uh, unemployment insurance and medicaid expenditures) and revenues falling dramatically, how was the President supposed to stop this without letting the economy collapse. Without stimulus, we'd be even worse shape than we are today (imagine that).
So this entire fight was brought about to help destroy the President. As usual. And he's letting them do it. Because Barack Obama thinks other people care as much about the future of this country as he does. That's naive. The tea baggering insane clown posse hates government, hates spending, and hates Obama. But they don't have a vision for the future. Instead, their goal is Obama's defeat in 2012. That's the overriding element in every fight we have in DC. They can't explain it any other way.
Question: Are you happy with the way your Congressman voted?
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