Dems should stop blaming Bush for policies they supported

I am frankly fed up with hearing Democrats whine about George W. Bush being fiscally irresponsible as a way to excuse Barack Obama’s inexcusable budget deficits. The common complains are the two wars, the tax cuts and the prescription drug benefit. First, the budget deficit in 2008 was $458 billion. The budget deficits in 2009, 2010 and 2011 were all over a trillion dollars. There is no comparison between Bush’s deficits and Obama’s deficits. Furthermore, the whining is filled with hypocrisy.

First, let’s examine the tax cuts. The premise that the tax cuts caused the deficit if flawed. Barack Obama’s own website reveals the following facts about the tax cuts passed during the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

  • Federal revenue in 1981 was $599 billion

  • Federal revenue in 1989 was $991 billion

And:

  • Federal revenue in 2001 was $1.99 trillion

  • Federal revenue in 2008 was $2.52 trillion

The problem is not a lack of revenue. The problem is that spending outpaced revenue.

Regarding the Medicare prescription drug benefit, following is a list of Democrats who voted for it in the U.S. Senate.

Akaka

Baucus

Bayh

Biden

Bingaman

Boxer

Breaux

Cantwell

Carper

Conrad

Corzine

Daschle

Dayton

Dodd

Dorgan

Durbin

Feingold

Feinstein

Inouye

Johnson

Kennedy

Landrieu

Lautenberg

Leahy

Lincoln

Mikulski

Miller

Murray

Nelson

Nelson

Pryor

Reid

Schumer

Stabenow

Wyden

As to the two wars that Democrats whine about, let’s examine the roll call votes for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here are the Democrats in the Senate who voted for the war in Afghanistan:

Lincoln

Boxer

Feinstein

Dodd

Lieberman

Biden

Carper

Graham

Nelson

Cleland

Miller

Akaka

Inouye

Harkin

Durbin

Bayh

Breaux

Landrieu

Kennedy

Kerry

Mikulski

Sarbanes

Levin

Stabenow

Dayton

Wellstone

Carnahan

Baucus

Edwards

Conrad

Dorgan

Nelson

Corzine

Torricelli

Bingaman

Reid

Clinton

Schumer

Wyden

Reed

Hollings

Daschle

Johnson

Leahy

Cantwell

Murray

Feingold

Kohl

Byrd

Rockefeller

Democrats in the House who voted for the war in Afghanistan:

Earl Hilliard

Robert Cramer

Ed Pastor

Vic Snyder

Mike Ross

Marion Berry

Mike Thompson

Ellen Tauscher

Pete Stark

Hilda Solis

Brad Sherman

Adam Schiff

Lucille Roybal-Allard

Nancy Pelosi

Grace Napolitano

George Miller

Juania Millender-McDonald

Robert Matsui

Zoe Lofgren

Tom Lantos

Michael Honda

Jane Harman

Bob Filner

Anna Eshoo

Calvin Dooley

Susan Davis

Gary Condit

Lois Capps

Howard Berman

Xavier Becerra

Joe Baca

Maxine Waters

Diane Watson

Henry Waxman

Lynn Woolsey

Mark Udall

Diana DeGette

James Maloney

John Larson

Rosa DeLauro

Karen Thurman

Carrie Meek

Alcee Hastings

Peter Deutsch

Jim Davis

Corrine Brown

Allen Boyd

Robert Wexler

Cynthia McKinney

John Lewis

Sanford Bishop

Patsy Mink

Neil Abercrombie

Janice Schakowsky

Bobby Rush

David Phelps

Jesse Jackson

Luis Gutierrez

Lane Evans

Danny Davis

Jerry Costello

Rod Blagojevich

Peter Visclosky

Timothy Roemer

Baron Hill

Julia Carson

Leonard Boswell

Dennis Moore

Ken Lucas

Christopher John

William Jefferson

John Baldacci

Thomas Allen

Steny Hoyer

Elijah Cummings

Benjamin Cardin

Albert Wynn

John Tierney

John Olver

Richard Neal

Marty Meehan

James McGovern

Edward Markey

Barney Frank

William Delahunt

Michael Capuano

Bart Stupak

Lynn Rivers

Sander Levin

Dale Kildee

John D. Dingell

David Bonior

James Barcia

Martin Olav Sabo

Collin Peterson

James Oberstar

Betty McCollum

William Luther

Bennie Thompson

Gene Taylor

Ronnie Shows

Ike Skelton

Karen McCarthy

Richard Gephardt

Wm. Lacy Clay

Shelley Berkley

Steven Rothman

Donald Payne

Bill Pascrell

Frank Pallone

Robert Menendez

Rush Holt

Robert Andrews

Tom Udall

Nydia Velazquez

Edolphus Towns

Louise Slaughter

Jose Serrano

Charles Rangel

Major Owens

Jerrold Nadler

Gregory Meeks

Michael McNulty

Carolyn McCarthy

Carolyn Maloney

Nita Lowey

John LaFalce

Steve Israel

Maurice Hinchey

Eliot Engel

Joseph Crowley

Gary Ackerman

Anthony Weiner

David Price

Mike McIntyre

Bob Etheridge

Eva Clayton

Mel Watt

Earl Pomeroy

James Traficant

Ted Strickland

Thomas Sawyer

Dennis Kucinich

Marcy Kaptur

Stephanie Jones

Tony Hall

Sherrod Brown

Brad Carson

Darlene Hooley

Peter DeFazio

Earl Blumenauer

David Wu

John Murtha

Frank Mascara

Paul Kanjorski

Tim Holden

Joseph Hoeffel

Chaka Fattah

Mike Doyle

William Coyne

Robert Brady

Robert Borski

James Langevin

Patrick Kennedy

John Spratt

James Clyburn

John Tanner

Bart Gordon

Harold Ford

Bob Clement

Jim Turner

Charles Stenholm

Max Sandlin

Ciro Rodriguez

Silvestre Reyes

Solomon Ortiz

Nick Lampson

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Sheila Jackson-Lee

Ruben Hinojosa

Ralph Hall

Gene Green

Charles Gonzalez

Martin Frost

Chet Edwards

Lloyd Doggett

Ken Bentsen

Jim Matheson

Bobby Scott

James Moran

Rick Boucher

Adam Smith

Jim McDermott

Rick Larsen

Jay Inslee

Norman Dicks

Brian Baird

Nick Rahall

Alan Mollohan

David Obey

Gerald Kleczka

Ron Kind

Thomas Barrett

Tammy Baldwin

Democrats in the U.S. Senate that voted for the war in Iraq:


Lincoln

Feinstein

Dodd

Lieberman

Biden

Carper

Nelson

Cleland

Miller

Harkin

Bayh

Breaux

Landrieu

Kerry

Carnahan

Baucus

Edwards

Dorgan

Nelson

Torricelli

Reid

Clinton

Schumer

Hollings

Daschle

Johnson

Cantwell

Kohl

Rockefeller

In addition, 81 Democrats voted for the war in Iraq in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Frankly, given the wide bipartisan support for the prescription drug benefit as well as the wide bipartisan support for both wars, I am sick and tired of hearing Democrats whine about how the wars increased the deficit and debt. Democrats need to stop blaming George W. Bush for policies that a wide swath of Democrats supported – especially the Democrats who voted for those policies themselves.