In 2006, President George W. Bush asked Congress to raise the debt limit by a smaller amount than President Obama is currently requesting. Four top Democrats were outraged with Bush’s request and called the action to be irresponsible. Instead of raising the debt limit, they insisted on spending cuts. Those Democrats were Senators Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Patty Murray and Chuck Schumer.
Seven years later, the same four Democratic Senators have written President Barack Obama a letter urging him to take ‘lawful steps’ to raise the debt ceiling himself. In the letter, they accuse Republicans of holding the nation’s economy hostage. They wrote:
“It is hard to imagine that the Speaker and Leader McConnell would really follow through on their threat to let our nation default on its debts. They are responsible leaders who know better. Sadly, some of their Republican colleagues do not. Therefore, we believe that you must make clear that you will never allow our nation’s economy and reputation to be held hostage. In the event that Republicans make good on their threat by failing to act, or by moving it unilaterally to pass the debt limit extension only as part of unbalanced or unreasonable legislation, we believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that America does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis — without Congressional approval, if necessary.”
Isn’t it a little hypocritical for the Senators who once demanded spending cuts over raising the debt ceiling for a Republican president to insisting that our current Democratic president raise the debt ceiling by more than double without spending cuts. There are only 2 differences between 2006 and now; the political party of the president and the amount of the debt ceiling increase sought after. It wasn’t that long ago these politicians were telling a president to be responsible and reduce spending. Today they’re telling a president not to worry about spending but continue to raise the debt ceiling more than ever before.
I also found it ironic that these Democrats are accusing the Republicans of holding the economy hostage, while in fact they are doing the very same thing. Over the last several years Harry Reid has told Republicans that it’s his way or no way. When it came to jobs bills, House Republicans put forth 12 different jobs bills. Harry Reid refused to even look at or consider 11 of those 12, and then automatically rejected the twelfth.
In the last fiscal cliff negotiations it was the Republicans who compromised the most and Democrats who compromised little. So who is it that’s really holding the nation’s economy hostage? Seems to me that it’s these wishy-washy, change our mind and policies Democratic leaders that are the ones guilty of what they are accusing the Republicans of.
No wonder Congress has an approval rating of only 9%, and rated lower in preference to cockroaches, root canal, and colonoscopy. It’s men and women like this who give politicians a bad reputation and make a profession appear to be one of disrepute.