Obama Says Adding $4 Trillion in Debt is “Unpatriotic”

August 25th, 2011 by Lee Eldridge

This comes under the heading “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”!

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I have to admit that I often agree with Candidate Obama more than I agree with President Obama. Then Candidate Obama called President Bush “unpatriotic” and “irresponsible” for adding $4 trillion in debt during his eight years in office. I wouldn’t have called Bush unpatriotic, but agree that it was irresponsible. (On a side note, most of that deficit spending happened during Bush’s last two years in office while the Congress was controlled by the Democrats, and we were heading into the recession.)

And in case you’re not paying attention, the budget proposed by the White House earlier this year would have added nearly $10 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years (read this from The Hill).

And from CBS News:

The latest posting by the Treasury Department shows the national debt has now increased $4 trillion on President Obama’s watch.

The debt was $10.626 trillion on the day Mr. Obama took office. The latest calculation from Treasury shows the debt has now hit $14.639 trillion.

It’s the most rapid increase in the debt under any U.S. president.

The national debt increased $4.9 trillion during the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush. The debt now is rising at a pace to surpass that amount during Mr. Obama’s four-year term.

But of course, none of this is President Obama’s fault. He continues to blame Bush. He blames the Republicans. He blames the Tea Party. He blames business. He blames the economy. He blames the banks. He blames the tsunami in Japan. He blames the Arab Spring. He blames the collapsing economies in Europe. Did I miss anyone?

I keep thinking back to the early Reagan years. He too inherited a mess from his predecessor. In November of 1982, unemployment stood at 10.8%. By the time the election rolled around just two years later, unemployment had dropped to 7.2%. Why? Because Reagan had a pro-business plan to grow the economy. And grow the economy he did.

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