Truth or consequence
|Posted by Manila Mail under Kibitzer's Corner|
By J.G. Azarcon, Esq.
The budget deficit in 2009 has been estimated at $1.8 Trillion.Â It was not too long ago that the Democrats decried the 2008 deficit during the last year of Pres. G. W. Bush at approximately 485 Billion as the height of fiscal irresponsibility.
Even hard core Republicans were dismayed that Bush caused the deficit to balloon by expanding the budget for education with his signature No Child Left Behind and prescription drugs initiatives that benefitted senior citizens, not to mention the added cost of the Iraq war. But if the Bush deficit was bad enough, it could have been worse if the Democrats in Congress had their way. They even wanted more spending for education and prescription drugs.
Republicans have warned that Pres. Obamaâ€™s deficit spending which is unprecedented in scale will burden the next generation with higher taxes and runaway inflation. He is just going on a spending spree using an open ended government credit card to please the people of today and expect the people of tomorrow to pay his debts and fend for themselves.
[ad#philpolitics200x250]Obama and his defenders argue that the deficit spending is an investment for the future. Are the people buying it?
A poll conducted by Opinion Dynamics for Fox News finds that 54 percent of voters surveyed think that the Obama administration is proposing too much of an increase in government spending, 35 percent say that the spending is about right, while 6 percent say that it is not enough. Broken according to party affiliation, 61 percent of Democrats think Obamaâ€™s proposed spending is just about right, while 85 percent of Republicans and 61 percent of independents think there is too much of an increase.
At least six in ten think Pres. Obama is not cutting enough waste in government, including 84 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of independents and 38 percent of Democrats.
On the recent statement of former Secretary of State Colin Powell that Americans want more government in their life, the poll finds that 71 percent say they want less government in their life. Seventeen percent agree with Powellâ€™s statement.
Another hot issue that is on the front burner again is the Bush administrationâ€™s use of harsh interrogation techniques including water boarding.
With Democrats and liberal groups characterizing the methods as torture and claiming that it has made America less safe, former Vice President Dick Cheney could not resist debating the Obama administration on the merits of the methods that he claims to have prevented terrorist attacks.
[ad#philhistory300x250]Where do Americans stand on the issue? A poll conducted for the Resurgent Republic and reported in the Washington Times finds that voters support the use of harsh interrogation of Al Qaeda prisoners by a 19-point margin, 53 percent in favor and 34 percent against. The poll further finds that a strong majority do not buy the Democratic line that the Guantanamo Base prison undermines our moral authority, believing instead that the prison helps protect America.
Democratic leaders have been waxing moral indignation against water boarding and other harsh interrogation methods until Speaker Nancy Pelosi butted heads with the CIA in an attempt to mask her hypocrisy. It appears that Pelosi and a select few of Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress were actually briefed by the intelligence agency about water boarding long before anybody in congress has protested against the use of such methods. The Speaker bungled and fumbled for the first time in a press conference. She ended up accusing the CIA of lying to her. No way, Nancy, said CIA Chief, Leon Panetta, a Democrat.
While some Democratic leaders were eager before to open a congressional inquiry on the methods of the Bush administrationâ€™s war on terror, they suddenly got cold feet when Republicans demanded a congressional investigation on whether or not the CIA actually lied or deceived the Speaker and other members of Congress. The inquiry would have established either of the two possible conclusions- that the CIA misled or lied to Speaker Pelosi, or Pelosi lied to the American people thus reducing her moral indignation to a charade in the highest order. Why would the Democrats suppress a proposed investigation of a very serious allegation by the third most powerful person in the US government against the nationâ€™s spy agency? Truth hurts and they could not risk the consequences.