In a post on Pajamas Media’s main page in October 2008, Tom Blumer provided a chart which helps us understand why we’re in the fiscal situation we are today:
Federal outlays already increasing at a rapid pace with Republican Congresses increased at an even more rapid pace when Nancy Pelosi took over as House Speaker and Harry Reid, thanks to a new crop of Democratic Senators, elected with the help of then-chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Charles Schumer, became Senate majority leader.
Now that very same Mr. Schumer is whining that conservatives are to blame for an imminent government shutdown:
“What we have here is a flea, wagging a tail, wagging a dog,” said Schumer, chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.
“The flea are the minority of House Republicans who are hard right, the tail is the House Republican caucus, and the dog is the government,” Schumer explained. “That flea is influencing what the dog does … and it is sad.”
Schumer for more than a week has been arguing that Tea Party conservatives will be to blame if there is a shutdown.
(Via Ann Althouse.) Sorry, Charlie, the reason Tea Party conservatives have such clout is because their outrage at the increasing size of the federal government has resonated with the American people, leading to the election of Republican legislators (and at least one Senate Democrat) who want to hold the line on spending.
If Americans had the facts, they won’t blame House Speaker John Boehner, but instead hold Democrats to account for the shutdown. Nick Gillespie reminds us why Congress is still voting on their FY2011 budget — six full months after that fiscal year began: Democrats “utterly failed to pass a fricking budget last year even though they controlled the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives.” (Via Instapundit.)
Look, this is not to say that, in the George W. Bush era, Republicans were exemplars of fiscal discipline. They were not. But, for the four years prior to this January, Democrats ran both houses of Congress. And they increased spending at such a pace that we face trillion-dollar deficits today.
Republicans are not just seeking to hold the line on spending to appease Tea Party conservatives, but to respond to the will of the people, nearly two-thirds of whom, according to the latest Gallup poll, worry a “worry a great deal about federal spending and the budget deficit.“