View Full Version : The enormous deficits, are ALL BUSH's FAULT!!

06-10-2009, 04:12 PM
What a load of bull, but not surprising concidering the sorce.

Economic Scene
America’s Sea of Red Ink Was Years in the Making


You can think of that roughly $2 trillion swing as coming from four broad categories: the business cycle, President George W. Bush (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/george_w_bush/index.html?inline=nyt-per)’s policies, policies from the Bush years that are scheduled to expire but that Mr. Obama has chosen to extend, and new policies proposed by Mr. Obama.

The first category — the business cycle — accounts for 37 percent of the $2 trillion swing. It’s a reflection of the fact that both the 2001 recession (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/r/recession_and_depression/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier) and the current one reduced tax revenue, required more spending on safety-net programs and changed economists’ assumptions about how much in taxes the government would collect in future years.

About 33 percent of the swing stems from new legislation signed by Mr. Bush. That legislation, like his tax cuts and the Medicare (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/health/diseasesconditionsandhealthtopics/medicare/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier) prescription drug benefit, not only continue to cost the government but have also increased interest payments on the national debt.

Mr. Obama’s main contribution to the deficit is his extension of several Bush policies, like the Iraq war and tax cuts for households making less than $250,000. Such policies — together with the Wall Street bailout, which was signed by Mr. Bush and supported by Mr. Obama — account for 20 percent of the swing.

About 7 percent comes from the stimulus bill that Mr. Obama signed in February. And only 3 percent comes from Mr. Obama’s agenda on healthcare, education, energy and other areas.


06-10-2009, 06:52 PM
You didn't expect them to admit that the tax cuts actually increased revenue, did you?

06-10-2009, 06:56 PM
You didn't expect them to admit that the tax cuts actually increased revenue, did you?
I am sure they think that was a one time lucky deal that could never happen again if it were tried.