Perhaps, I belabor this point overmuch; I’ve been saying it for nearly four years now. Once reason the GOP has been losing ground since the 2004 because our elected leaders failed to use their majority to hold the line on federal spending.
And given that Republican profligacy, no wonder that “during the Bush Administration,” as Byron York observed, “Democrats made huge gains in some important Republican areas“:
For example, on the question of which party would do a better job in handling the federal budget deficit, Democrats held a 19-point advantage in a November 2005 [Wall Street] Journal poll, a 25-point advantage in July 2007, and a 22-point advantage in January 2008.
Wanting to tap into the popular unease about Republican spending, the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee made great efforts to establish his fiscal conservative bona fides.He didn’t want the Democrats to lose the “deficit-advantage,” especially as he was running against one of the few Republicans who not only challenged his party on his spendthrift habits, but did so in very direct ways.
Let this serve to remind us yet again about Barack Obama’s real mandate–and why an increasing number of Americans strongly disapprove of the way he is doing his job. A good number of people took him at his word that he would cut spend and launch a line-by-line review of the federal budget. And now they’re disappointed and angry.