Following Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump, Democrats were ready to point the finger everywhere (except on themselves). Listen to their narrative and you’ll be led to believe Trump’s victory is attributable to a rise in racist, sexist, Islamophobic, xenophobic homophobes who exclusively read fake news while praying to a statue of Vladimir Putin.
The failure to take any responsibility is reminiscent of what began in the early days of Obama’s presidency: blaming Bush. On New Years Day 2016 Joel Pollak at Breitbart declared that the left only had one more year to blame George Bush for their troubles – but he spoke too soon.
It’s now 2017, and who are Democrats blaming for the disastrous aspects of Obama’s legacy? Take a wild guess.
As the Washington Examiner reported: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blamed former President George W. Bush and the Republicans on Friday for the more than $9 trillion that has been added to the national debt under President Obama‘s watch. Pelosi argued that under Obama, the annual budget deficit, which contributes to the national debt, has been reduced dramatically, and said that without Obama’s work, the national debt would be even higher. She also mostly blamed Bush for not paying for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“When President Obama stood on the steps on the Capitol eight years from next week, the [budget] deficit was $1.4 trillion — one year deficit,” she said. “It’s reduced by 70 percent in his administration. Much of the increase in the national debt that has occurred from this time still springs from two unpaid-for wars, cost that we owe our veterans following that, giveaways that they gave to the pharmaceutical industry, and the high-end tax cuts that have carried forward without any job production. Absent the work of President Obama, this national debt would be even higher.”
Our national debt would be higher without Obama’s work – what an amazing claim to make. The only way you can claim that Obama reduced the national debt is to take 2008 or 2009 as your base year for measurement. The U.S. government’s deficit exploded in those years thanks to the financial crisis (as there are less people working, and therefore not paying taxes, and more people taking public assistance). Compare his average deficits against those of Bush, and it’s clear who the big spender is.
Here are the figures for Dubya:
And now for BO:
It took Obama less than two years to rack up as much debt as Bush did in his entire presidency. Good luck blaming Bush for that!
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter MattPalumbo12]