Spending Debate Creates an Opportunity for Mitt Romney
Here's a simple suggestion for
Right before the
Romney says that he'll "lead us out of this debt and spending inferno" ignited by Obama.
The president's defenders say, in effect, "What inferno?"
To back up his claim, Carney cited the work of MarketWatch columnist
Nutting's math is, at minimum, debatable. He puts all of the spending of the first nine months of 2009 in
In a more conventional analysis, the Congressional Budget Office says that total federal spending in 2008 was
Another way to look at it: Until Obama became president, federal spending never exceeded 23.5 percent of GDP. The average for the Bush years was 20.5 percent. In 2009, spending broke 25 percent, and it has stayed above 23.5 percent for Obama's entire presidency.
Also, what's not in dispute is that the federal debt has soared under Obama. As the editors of the
But all of these numbers are a sideshow: Republicans in
Focused on fighting a war, Bush -- never a tightwad to begin with -- handed the keys to the Treasury to
And yet, to listen to Obama and his allies, the Bush years were a time of "market fundamentalism" and government inaction. That's in part because when it comes to domestic policy, Democrats will always want to spend more than Republicans, so Republicans are always branded as mean-spiritedly frugal by comparison.
Nearly every problem with spending and debt associated with the Bush years was made far worse under Obama. The man campaigned as an outsider who was going to change course before we went over a fiscal cliff. Instead, when he got behind the wheel, as it were, he hit the gas instead of the brakes -- and yet has the temerity to claim that all of the forward momentum is Bush's fault.
Worse, the current obsession with "compromise" in
Romney is under no obligation to defend the Republican performance during the Bush years. Indeed, if he's serious about fixing what's wrong with
Let Obama play the partisan blame game. He's the partisan insider this time. The role of bipartisan outsider is Romney's for the taking.
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