To The Herald-Whig:
People should condemn George Bush and the GOP because they did spend too much but you also have to get your facts right. Democrats didn't oppose the spending and Obama voted for the spending when he was in the Senate. Bush should have been vetoing spending bills right and left but he didn't. America has increased its debt by $4 trillion since 2008. That is to say, Obama has achieved in two-and-half years what it took George W. Bush two full terms in office to achieve. Between 2001 and 2003, the Bush administration instituted federal tax cuts for all taxpayers not just rich Americans and Obama and the Democrats reauthorized them in 2010. Seems they agreed with Bush's tax cuts.
Obama said, "Raising the debt ceiling is unpatriotic" in 2008, yet he pushed for a raising the debt ceiling in 2011. Kind of hypocritical don't you think? As far as the Bush's wars go, Obama and Democrats must agree with the Bush policy because they are following the same policy. And 29 Democrat senators and 81 Democrat House members voted for the Iraq war resolution.
Bush didn't inherit a surplus because Clinton surplus was a lie and didn't exist. Total national debt went up every year under Clinton so there wasn't any surplus. The government just borrowed money from trust funds instead from the public, called the borrowed money income and claimed to have a surplus. In other words they cooked the books.
Condemn Bush but Obama and the Democrats are not without blame and they have doubled down on the excessive spending.
Raising the debt ceiling solves nothing and is ludicrous. It's still spending, will always be the excessive spending, not tax revenues. We don't need more taxes we need more taxpayers which means private sector jobs not government jobs. If the GOP was malfeasance then it seems the Democrats are their equals and worse.