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West Slide Story

May 19, 2009

If you are concerned about the amount of the debt president Obama has overseen for your children and grandchildren take a look at this musical take off of West Side Story. I know that president Bush got us in debt to the tune of one trillion dollars, which took him eight years, and Obama less than a hundred days over four trillion dollars, and counting! So deny what you want, but the truth hurts.

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Sorry Russ, George W. Bush and the Republicans added FIVE trillion dollars of debt during their eight year run, not one trillion. In addition, W. tacked on THIRTY trillion in future liabilities with massive spending commitments like the medicare drug plan.

The new debt being tacked on is scary, but necessary. When the rest of the economy grinds to a halt, government spending needs to pick up the slack. Basic Kensyian economics. They're also greatly expanding the money supply. Basic Friedman economics.

However, to DOUBLE the national debt during economic good times is absolutely inexcusable. Remember back in 2000, when we were talking about what to do with the SURPLUS? What happened to that surplus? George W. Bush.

--by Mark on 5/19/09   Lives: Dearborn  

I see where Mark has been reading the Democratic Partys talking points BS. FACT his comments are not true. Obama is the big spender,he is the one piling on debt. Russ your right, the truth must hurt the Democrats

--by Ethan on 5/19/09   Lives: Dearborn  

Obama Budget Cuts- a perspective visualization

--by Y’all drank the Kool-Aid on 5/19/09   Lives: Dearborn  

What part did I get wrong? Debt went from about 6 trillion to about 11 trillion over the last eight years.

I don't do talking points. I look at facts.

Try this, Ethan:

Last time I checked, 10.7 trillion (12/31/2008) minus 5.7 trillion (12/31/2000) is 5 trillion dollars.

BTW - there's and apostrophe in "Party's".

--by Mark on 5/19/09   Lives: Dearborn  

Mr Gibb, I just spent 3 hours checking out the back grounds of organizations that Mark sights as "factual" information on our national debt. Every one of them has ties to liberals and the Democratic Party.

--by J Collins on 5/19/09   Lives: USA  

My god, what is wrong with you people?

United States national debt is public information put out by the _government_.

During those 8 years, the government was republican, so obviously it wasn't some secret agenda put forward by the evil hippies.

If you're dumb enough (although I'm not sure if dumb is a strong enough word) to think that the national debt is a big 'liberal' lie, you need to take a minute to look around.

Here, I'll help you out:

Oh wait, as in the US treasury?! Now put the dates in that Mark used, 12/31/2000 to 12/31/2008, and lo and behold!

12/29/2000 5,662,216,013,697.37
12/31/2008 10,699,804,864,612.13

Now please, if you find it necessary to lay in the fetal position for a while to regain your composure, do so now.

--by Matt on 5/20/09   Lives: Michigan  

Well since everything you watch, read, and listen to from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed is right-wing, I guess that doesn't mean much J COLLINS. I mean, "has ties"?????? That's ridiculis.

--by QUIT THE PARANOID THOUGHTS on 5/20/09   Lives: Detroit area  

Ho, Ho.Matt the Democrat needs a lot of help. He sounds to me like a teacher full of his own liberal/ fascist bull.

--by Gil Holter on 5/20/09   Lives: Michigan  

Sad. Mark and his pals belive the goverment and their numbers. They are so gullible. Figures lie and liars figurer.

--by J Collins on 5/20/09   Lives: USA  

... Wow.

--by Matt on 5/20/09   Lives: Michigan  

Dude, I want some of what you're smoking.

January 20, 2001 - January 20, 2009, George W. Bush-R, President.
January 6, 1999 - January 3, 2007, J. Dennis Hastert-R, Speaker of the House.
January 20, 2001 - June 6, 2001, Trent Lott-R, Senate Majority Leader.
January 4, 2003 - January 3, 2005, Bill Frist-R, Senate Majority Leader.

01/03/2000 = $ 5,751,743,092,605.50
01/04/2007 = $ 8,670,596,242,973.04

After 72 months, and a voted on, declared war with Iraq, Hurricane Katrina = $2,918,853,150,376.54

January 4, 2007 – current, Harry Reid-D, Senate Majority Leader.
January 4, 2007 – current, Nancy Pelosi-D, Speaker of the House.
January 20, 2009 – current, Barack H. Obama-D, President.

01/04/2007 = $ 8,670,596,242,973.04
05/18/2009 = $ 11,286,593,315,851.04

After 28 months + 18 days of Democrat leadership = $2,615,997,072,878.00

Riiiiiiiight, it's those evil Republicans driving up the debt. Note that I didn't write moderate RINO's like Collins, Snowe and Spector.

--by Y'all drank the Kool-Aid on 5/21/09   Lives: Dearborn  

These numbers have been published the Treasury each and every year. If we are to believe you J, the government has been lying to us each and every year for the last 100 years.

Every year, a new lie, no matter who's in charge.

100 lies over the last century just to make you look stupid.

That's one hell of a conspiracy. How dare you besmirch the United States of America like that?

Why do you hate America, J?

--by MARK on 5/21/09   Lives: Dearborn  

J Collins,

You really think the Republicans would brag about facts like that?

--by MARK on 5/21/09   Lives: Dearborn  

Nice to see how Y'all know how Congress works. I love the part where Harry Reid, 49 other Senators and Joe Lieberman were able to get an additional 16 Republican Senators to join them to override all those presidential vetoes during 2007 and 2008. Sorry, Y'all, it was still effectively a Republican government until 1/20/09.

Y'all, this is the Republicans' mess we're cleaning up here. Deal with it.

--by MARK on 5/21/09   Lives: Dearborn  

It sure is fun watching party Democrat Mark trying like hell via phony facts to prove that Obams mess is really the fault of G W BUSH. Hey Mark your ploy is NOT working.

--by JJ on 5/21/09   Lives: Dearborn  

JJ is right. Governments do lie and their figures are suspect. Let's take the word surplus. Every year billions of dollars are paid into the social security fund and every year congress, made up of both Democrats and Republicans, take the cash out of the social security fund and replace it with government backed bonds. Therefore it shows as a surplus but actually it is a debit. Come on wake-up. You're being hoodwinked if you believe government figures.

--by Jenny on 5/21/09   Lives: Dearborn  

Taxpayers are on the hook for an extra $55,000 a household to cover rising federal commitments made just in the past year for retirement benefits, the national debt and other government promises, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

--by USA Today on 5/30/09   Lives: USA  

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