I write in response to the letter of Rep. Tom McClintock. With all due respect, sir, can we please stick to the facts? When Bill Clinton left office, the U.S. government was operating at a surplus. It was George Bush and the lock-step Republican Congress who put two wars, a prescription drug boondoggle and two tax decreases for the wealthiest Americans onto the nation’s credit card. He — and they — incurred and implemented the largest increase in spending, growth of government and the national debt during any modern administration.
It is the continuing and snowballing costs of these tragic mistakes which have created the bedrock of the stubborn deficit and national debt that those same politicians now try to pin on Barack Obama, who has steadily decreased the rate of growth of both, while shrinking government for the first time in a decade.
For McClintock to say “…this administration has added more to the debt than our nation acquired in its first 200 years” although endlessly repeated is patently untrue and misleading. We are all now enduring the hangover caused by his party’s eight years of government bloating and deficit spending binge drinking. The somewhat cynical born-again conversion to teetotalling fiscal responsibility is one thing, but not all of our memories were blacked out at your eight-year party. Let’s tell the truth, Mr. McClintock: The policies of Barack Obama have added nothing to the Republican deficit or debt.