In May 2005, trying to back away from his statement earlier that year that he hated “Republicans and everything they stand for,” then-chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean claimed those remarks were “a little out of context.” He then went on to tell us what he really hated:
But I don’t hate Republicans as individuals. But I hate what the Republicans are doing to this country. I really do. I hate deficits, as you know. When I was governor, I really was very tough on fiscal responsibility. Deficits in the long run aren’t good for the country, and they do lower our standard of living. Every American family knows that you have to pay your bills. I hate the dishonesty, you know, the idea that you’d put a program through Congress without telling people what it costs, I think that’s wrong.
Now, that it’s his party is racking up record deficits, I wonder if the former Vermont Governor still harbors such an animus against deficit spending. And while President Obama may be telling us how much the proposed health care overhaul costs, he, well, hasn’t really explained how he plans on paying for it. Wonder if Mr. Dean finds that dishonest or just plain disingenuous. Or whether it’s okay now that the Democrats are doing it.
Please note the chart below. When Mr. Dean told Americans he hated deficits, we were on the gray side of the chart. Now, we’re on the red (the White House having last month altered its estimate. meaning we should remove the pink).
Maybe the bigger deficits get, the less Mr. Dean hates them.