Reminding us of the spendthrift ways of President Bush and the Republican Congresses of the early 2000s, Democratic officials and liberal bloggers attempt to deny the sincerity of Tea Party protesters and conservative Republicans decrying the excessive government spending proposed by President Obama and passed by a Democratic Congress.Â Their line of attack shows they would rather dwell on our alleged hypocrisy than defend their excessive spending.
It is shocking that some of the very people who attacked then-President Bush for increasing the debt burden we are passing onto the younger generation support his successor’s plan to increase that debt far quickly than W ever dreamed possible.
Now, I do agree that our critics have a point when they wonder why we take to the streets to protest increased spending in the Bush era. To be sure, we did speak out against his profligacy, but not to the extent we are doing so now.
I think that’s because it takes time for a movement to coalesce.
The roots of this one lay in the TARP bailouts last fall. Back then, some of the conservative bloggers most strongly supportive of the Tea Party movement (notably Michelle Malkin) spoke out against such multi-hundred billion dollar plans. Those bailouts sparked the outrage at government profligacy which would coalesce in the tea parties.
Perhaps, some who opposed the bailouts found solace in Obama’s election, believing that he, being of a different party than the then-incumbent President represented a real change. I mean, it was a Republican Treasury Secretary who proposed such bailouts.
But, when they saw that that change was just more of the same, only on steroids, with a spendthrift “stimulus,” followed by excessive increases in government spending (i.e., as advanced in Obama’s budget), the outrage began to grow.
It takes time to awaken a sleeping giant. In under six months time, the American people saw our elected leaders propose successive increases in federal spending. As we watched deficits increases, we just wondered if thought the federal treasury was a never-ending source for their largesse.
Yeah, maybe we should have been awakened sooner. But, just because we didn’t react more strongly earlier doesn’t mean we are wrong to address it now. It takes some gall for those on the left to fault Republicans for deficits in the hundreds of billions of dollars and then question the sincerity of those who get upset at deficits twice and three times that number.
Instapundit links. Thanks, Glenn, much appreciated. He builds on my point with perhaps the perfect analogy (perhaps more on this anon): “But you know Al Gore’s story about the slowly-boiling frog? Obama’s turned the stove up to 11, and the frog has started to kick.“
UPDATE: Commenting on this post, Jehuda at Rhetorican offers, “Hypocrisy has nothing to do with the Left’s gripe about the Tea Parties.” Exactly. They’ll just use whatever club they can to attack us.