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WTF Quote of the Day: Carnahan: Deficits Caused By Last Administration’s “Reckless Borrow & Spend Policies”

February 5th, 2010 by MarkTwain · No Comments

“Without restoring fiscal responsibility, our economy can’t fully recover. The large deficits we inherited as a result of reckless borrow-and-spend policies of the last administration have put pressure on funding for important priorities such as job creation. We are long overdue to reestablish tough common-sense action to restore fiscal responsibility.”

Yes folks, the Congressman actually did have the audacity to release – in his own name – this Obama Administration talking point. Isn’t this the same guy who was cited in a Congressional Quarterly article as being one of the top junket takers in the Congress? This statement also comes on the heels of his sister Robin’s come to Jesus moment earlier this week regarding Obama’s spending and deficits.

Funny, Russ was fully prepared to bankrupt the country last summer with his ardent support of Obamacare, even going so far as to say that “now is our time” for national healthcare. My how things have changed, especially after an election in Massachusetts!

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  • 1 Bill Ellis // Feb 5, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I agree with the reckless borrow and spend thing but for the most part the people who are being blamed for the mess we are in are being used as scape goats. Don’t use their mistakes to further others own political agenda, fix the problem!!!
    I agree it was piss poor management but the people cooking the books and stealing the money are the real reason we are in the situation we are in. Someone with the resources needs to step up and locate all of this money that has been “stolen” from the American people…it didn’t just magically disappear!!
    What about the oil companies !!!!?? You can’t sit their and tell the average American that the oil companies didn’t almost cause this country to go bankrupt!! How dare the people in power in this country allow oil companies to raise gas prices like they did and then go on and act like it never happened!!! It caused every item in this country to almost double in price! They must think all of us are stupid.
    I also believe that making all these frivolous laws in order to get people into court so lawyers and judges make money is just getting out of hand, does the average person realize what it costs to get a lawyer to represent you? …anyone ever wonder why there are so many people in jail for what I consider minor offenses that should not be offenses at all!! There is more money being spent on police and the jail system than is being accounted for…this country becomes more and more like Europe every time you turn your back with the taxes.
    The people of this great country who get up and go to work trying to make an honest living will only stand for the B.S.of the separation of the classes of income for so long before another civil war will occur. Every American must do the part honestly, everyday to ensure that our kids will have a “free” country to live in

  • 2 Tom Beebe // Feb 5, 2010 at 11:44 am

    This illustrates why the Tea Party is more than a wing of the GOP. The only thing wrong with Carnahan’s accusation is that it claims “borrow and spend” is all a GOP practice, when, in fact, it has skyrocketed under the present maladministration. Ahh, for only a bit of honesty. Only less, not more, “borrow and spend will get us out of this hole. Of course, bush had democrat-controlled congress helping with the spending part.

  • 3 2ndone // Feb 6, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Thank goodness for the MANY videos that we have saved to remind us of Russ (one child that was left behind) Carnahan’s statements. HE should never be allowed to use the words common-sense and fiscal responsibility – obviously he doesn’t understand the meaning of the words.

    Personally, I am sick of name recognition, generational politicians. Russ and Robin will be two that I will actively work against in the upcoming election. They are Progressives and don’t really give a crap about what is good for Missouri or the USA.

  • 4 Sam Damon // Feb 6, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Like Obama and the rest of the Democrats, Carnahan has a lot of audacity to make such a statement. They are counting on American ignorance and laissez-faire attitudes to get away with this but its not working anymore as the people have started to pay more attention and are continually growing more angry over being treated like this as we did not get to be 13 trillion dollars in debt with only George Bush signing bills. The Congress had to write those bills and the Republicans have only controlled the Congress for 12 years out of the last 78 and as for the balanced budgets in the late 90s that Democrats like to tout with Clinton in the White House…well…the GOP Congress wrote those bills. The Democrats in Congress have not written a balanced budget since the Nixon administration!!!

    A couple corrections to posts above. 1) the oil industry makes a relatively small margin on its revenues and there is no evidence I have seen of their being grossly corrupt and the high gas prices of 2008 were a function of rampant oil speculation…much of it being conducted by…you guessed it….Wall Street. This industry is very much misunderstood…and No…I don’t work in it or even own any stock in that sector. We don’t want the government over-regulating and overtaxing industry any more then we want then over spending 2) The Democrats only controlled the Congress for the last two of W’s 8 years so the GOP must absorb most of the blame for the overspending of the Bush years.

    As for me, I’ve mostly voted the GOP over the years but I didn’t vote for W. I often voted Libertarian and usually do when I don’t like who the GOP and Democrats have nominated. However, none of my protest candidates EVER won.

    Thus, if we want more fiscally sound politicians going to Washington we need to take over one of the two major parties and since the GOP platform has at least included smaller government (even though they often didn’t vote that way) it makes the most sense to takeover the GOP and I think we have made good start. However, as good as our momentum is…we won’t transform Washington DC in one or even two elections and thus we might have to grit our teeth once in a while and vote for a Kirk in IL since we were not able to defeat him in the primary and as bad as the GOP is…the Democrats are worse as they have been taken over by the far left wing of their party.

    One last thing, I do hope everyone realizes to balance the budget in the future, we are going to have to either reform Social Security and Medicare or raise taxes to pay for them. We could cut every dime of elective spending such as in the Departments of Commerce, Energy, Education, Agriculture and the massive costs of existing entitlements will still break us. I’m prepared to make that sacrifice but are all of you?

  • 5 Greg Zotta // Feb 7, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Russ Carnahan is a BOOB. He is a LIAR and is using the Obama playbook, “IT’S BUSH’S FAULT.”This FOOL voted for the Stimulus, Obamacare, Cap and Trade etc. Everything that is detrimental to Americans. It’s time Missouri wakes up and ends the Carnahan Dynasty in November.

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