Then and now: Barack Obama calls President Bush “unpatriotic” for adding $4 trillion to the national debt
While defending the recent raising of the debt ceiling while the debate was still ongoing, White House Council of Economic Advisers, Austan Goolsbee, claimed that the Republicans were “playing chicken with the debt ceiling,” and claimed that the failure to raise the debt ceiling would bring on a financial crisis, Chuck Schumer claimed the Republicans “held a gun to our heads,” while other Democrats claimed that the Tea Party was holding the debt ceiling hostage. And Joe Biden famously stated according to people present that the Democrats had to negotiate with terrorists over the debt ceiling–he was talking about the Tea Party of course. If there was any doubt about it before the debt ceiling debate, there was no doubt after the debate; the new era of civility and the toning down of the violent rhetoric and vitriol was dead at the hands of the very party that clamored for it in the wake of the Arizona shooting.
Barack Obama himself claimed that it would be irresponsible for the Congress not to raise the debt ceiling and called on the Congress to let him increase his borrowing. Of course Barack Obama did not always hold the same position because back in 2006, as a member of the Senate, Barack Obama had a very different opinion on what raising the debt ceiling meant:
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.
In 2006 Barack Obama claimed that even having a debate over raising the debt ceiling was a sign of failed leadership, but as president he claimed that it would be irresponsible not to. He voted against rasing the debt ceiling in 2006 and his hypocrisy was completed when he asked for his own increase in the debt ceiling.
But today new video evidence of Barack Obama’s duplicity and hypocrisy came to light because during the campaign trail while he was running for president he actually called President Bush unpatriotic for raising the debt ceiling:
The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion dollars for the first 42 presidents — number 43 added $4 trillion dollars by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child.
That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.
So, when President Bush took eight years to increase the national debt by $4 trillion–and I am not defending this, by the way–Barack Obama railed against this mortgaging of our children’s future to the banks of China as irresponsible and unpatriotic, yet when in less than half of the time he himself asked to raise the debt ceiling by the same amount he said it would be irresponsible not to do so. He did not mention the fact that his failed policies mortgaged the future of our children to China’s banks, and he did not mention that this put us even further in debt than President Bush had.
And I thought that once upon a time the left told us it was not okay to question a person’s patriotism. While George Bush was president, and while the anti-war sentiment became quite prevalent, some on the right started to question the patriotism of those on the left who opposed the wars. We were quickly told that this was off limits; we were told that you cannot question a person’s patriotism simply because you disagree with a person’s opinion on an issue. John Kerry once quipped, “how dare you challenge my patriotism.”
Yet here is Barack Obama on the campaign trail doing just that; he questioned George Bush’s patriotism for increasing the national debt by $4 trillion and selling us out to the Chinese, and yet he has done the very same in half the time. Is it any wonder that Barack Obama has lost all credibility and is it any wonder that nobody takes him seriously any more?