By Rick Saunders
Last March, when the Chosen One coughed up his 10-year budget for the country, presaging a projected deficit stretching to the nearest quasar, the Congressional Budget Office noted: “The cumulative deficit from 2010 to 2019 under the President’s proposals would total $9.3 trillion, compared with a cumulative deficit of $4.4 trillion projected under the current-law assumptions embodied in CBO’s baseline.” That is a deficit over twice as large as would have existed had nothing been done following actions taken by prior administrations. This equates to deficits of $1.8 trillion (13 percent of Gross Domestic Product) in 2009 and $1.4 trillion (10 percent of GDP) in 2010. The CBO calculated that annual deficits would then decline to about 4 percent of GDP by 2012 and remain between 4 percent and 6 percent of GDP through 2019.
At that time, Obama’s purported budget wonk, Peter Orszag, conceded in a news briefing following the announcement of the budget cyanide capsule that annual deficits of 4 to 5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), as estimated in the CBO report, were “ultimately not sustainable.” That’s “not sustainable” as in “the structure will collapse and crumble if you persist” or “you’ll be sorry if you try that.” Translation: if the deficits to be generated by the budget proposed by the Obama regime would be “ultimately not sustainable,” perhaps it is imprudent to pursue them or try to defend them.
Ah, but fear not, faithful readers, for we now have the answer, and from the same oracle-wonk hybrid who conceded that the Obama budget deficits were “not sustainable.” Orszag, in all his wonkish glory, now informs us that “the deficits . . . are driven in large part by the economic crisis inherited by this administration,” a concoction written in a web Blog entry on Monday. According to Orszag, the deficits are not driven by a thirst to ram socialism up the citizens’ nostrils; they’re not driven by the quest for nationalization of the private sector; and they’re not driven by the simultaneous chimeras of universal health care, free college educations and renewed affirmative action mortgage loans. Instead, the evil Bush has made them do it, contrary findings of the CBO aside. The cur.
That’s right. The “ultimately not sustainable” deficits which arose directly from the radicalized and reckless budget proposal cobbled together by the Guy from Chicago and his crisis manipulators are now somehow the fault of Bush 43. And if you know what’s good for you, don’t even think of blaming the current administration for the problem of bankrupting the country, crippling future generations of Americans under continents of debt or saddling the nation with the oppressive yoke of socialized medicine.
No, whatever the problem is, just blame it on Bush. It is the one-size-fits-all defense. When reason, intellect and–oh yeah!–the facts simply don’t favor Obama’s position, just pull out the generic excuse that, somehow, Bush is to blame. And if not Bush, then the Republicans as a whole. Or Rush Limbaugh. Then just sit back and watch the Obama propaganda machine– formerly known as a free press in a democratic republic–grind out dogma.
Oh, and pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
Frankly, the regime’s tune is getting old, like a has-been rocker whose gigs are now confined to truck stop lounges and Indian casinos. At some point, even messiahs need to take responsibility for their own dumb actions . . . Lord knows they claim credit whenever something goes right despite their fecklessness. Hey, just ask Maersk-Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips.
To reiterate a point here made in the past and likely to be made again into the future, or at least as long as the squatter at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is permitted use of the facility: these folks are ineligible and/or unfit to govern. The only relevant question is whether the nation can survive until the 2010 general election to correct and remediate the damage that has already been done.
Unfortunately, due to a floundering GOP awash in internal jibber-jabbering, as well as an American public that, by and large, is either more interested in the NBA playoffs or not being told the right information by the press even if they do pay attention, the jury is still out on that one.
Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008. Jeff Schreiber started America’s Right in January 2008.