From January 20, 2009 until January 3, 2011, a period of more than 700 days, Democrats controlled the White House and held overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress. And for the past six months, with increasing vitriol and ever elevated volume, they have been criticizing Republicans for their attempts to finish the work Democrats left undone, like not passing a budget for FY 2011.
If the president thought raising the debt ceiling was so important, why then didn’t he schedule a vote to do so when his party controlled Congress? Obama, John Hinderaker writes,
. . . is now fixated on the “deadline” of August 2, 2011, but where was he in 2009? Or 2010? Or prior to last week? It has been over two years since the federal government has had a budget. For Obama to adopt a sanctimonious “eat your peas” approach to the federal budget is so disingenuous that it is not surprising that Republicans find him infuriating to negotiate with.
When Democrats were in power, they ran up the tab, acting as if they would never be no consequences to their spendthrift policies. And now they’ve left the Republicans to clean up the mess they left behind and is now faulting them for not doing it the way the Democrats (claim they) would have done it when they had the chance. They had the chance but didn’t take it.
Instead of criticizing the Republicans, why doesn’t the president’s party acknowledge its own responsibility for the current impasse?