Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Blame Game Is Over

Since Barack Obama doesn't have any solutions outside of government control, higher taxes, and redistribution of wealth -- all of which have been proven to fail in the past year -- he often resorts to blaming George W. Bush for ______________.  I keep hitting on this subject because Obama keeps doing it, and it's inexcusable.  Sure, there's a period of time when each new administration has to get up and running, and it's also realistic for the predecessor to have left a mess that needs to be cleaned up.  But, you're a professional, you're a grown-up...act like it!  Oh, and it doesn't really hold water to complain about the mess left by your predecessor when the only difference in your policies is to do the exact same thing that he did, but bigger.

Veronique de Rugy agrees, and decimates Obama's chronic whine about inheriting a fiscal crisis from Bush:

It is time for Obama to act like an adult, and as the president, and stop blaming his predecessor for the fiscal irresponsability in Washington.

In my article in The American, I suggest the following: Let's assume that all the spending before this year is Bush's fault. Then, using data in President Obama's budget request for fiscal 2010 and data from the fiscal 2011 budget request, I made this chart that projects spending each year from fiscal 2010 until fiscal 2019. The purple bars represent the spending amounts the president requested in February 2009. The orange bars represent the growth in the projected spending request between February 2009 and February 2010.

Projected Federal Spending

In his latest budget request, President Obama added roughly $1.6 trillion in spending over the next ten years on top of what he requested last year. Can President Obama blame that extra $1.6 trillion on former President Bush? No.

Let's be done with this whine, shall we?  The longer it goes on, Obama looks more shallow, irresponsible, and incompetent.  It also becomes more and more obvious to American citizens that he is exactly that.

There's my two cents.

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