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Note to Democrats: Reagan is Ours

The democrats are spinning out of control with this debt debate.  You have the President bullying people, telling the citizens to eat their peas, and, with his infinite constitutional knowledge, threatening to veto a passed constitutional amendment (which is impossible).  Harry Reid and our congressional democrats are sweating bullets and don’t like that this debate is even ringing in halls of Congress and worse, in the living rooms of the people.  They’re losing this debate and they know it.  How desperate are they?  They are now invoking Reagan. 

No less than 6 different media pundits and countless liberal blogs and websites have started banging on the Ronald Reagan drum.  Their rhetoric comes from his September 26, 1987 radio address where the President’s hand was forced to increase the debt limit.  Here is a transcript of what the democrats are playing from that speech.   

Congress consistently brings the Government to the edge of default before facing its responsibility. This brinkmanship threatens the holders of government bonds and those who rely on Social Security and veterans benefits. Interest rates would skyrocket, instability would occur in financial markets, and the Federal deficit would soar. The United States has a special responsibility to itself and the world to meet its obligations. It means we have a well-earned reputation for reliability and credibility – two things that set us apart from much of the world.

Of course, democrats ignore the opening statement where the President scolds Congress for consistently bringing the Government “to the edge of default before facing its responsibility”.  All of the negative aftermath is a consequence of THAT irresponsibility, not the act of exceeding the debt limit.  In their finite scope of understanding they have completely missed what Reagan was saying.  Of course, had the clip not been cut off, it would have been clear to them.  The transcript of the speech they cut out continues:

Over a 5-year period, while revenues went up 28 percent, congressional spending went up 46 percent. From 1982 to 1987, for every dollar Congress cut from our national defense, they added $2 for domestic spending. Now, that’s not fiscal restraint. Two years ago, Congress took a first step to curb spending with Gramm-Rudman-Hollings, and I agreed. Its purpose was to get on a track to lower deficits and eventually a balanced budget. Well, the ink was not even dry before Congress walked away from its own plan. Instead of facing the tough choices to reduce Federal spending, Congress attempted to shift the burden to our national security and to you, the American taxpayers, in the form of new taxes.

For those who say further responsible spending reductions are not possible, they are wrong. For those who say the only choice is undermining our national security at a time when the United States is close to an agreement with the Soviet Union on reducing nuclear weapons, they are wrong. For those who say more taxes will solve our deficit problem, they are wrong. Every time Congress increases taxes, the deficit does not decrease, spending increases. It’s time for a clear and consistent policy to reduce the Federal budget deficit.

In the weeks ahead, Congress will have the opportunity to meet this commitment. So today, let’s get some things clear. I will not hesitate to use my veto to hold down excess spending, and I will spell out the impact that defense cuts will have on our long-term security interests. You don’t need more taxes to balance the budget. Congress needs the discipline to stop spending more, and that can be done with the passage of a constitutional amendment to balance the budget.

Ironic isn’t it?  The Democrats went out and cherry picked one line that seemed to support their agenda and yet the same speech comes back to kick them in the teeth.  Reagan was calling for something that even a CNN poll recently showed that 60% of Americans support – a constitutional amendment to balance the budget.  The next time the democrats want to evoke Reagan, they might want to preemptively clean their foot before it goes into their mouth.


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  • Trestin July 21, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Funny what you can come up with, with a little creative editing. This is why I stopped watching TV News, FOX does it too.

    As for Reagan. It is interesting how they would use a man they despise to try and force a point. They would sell their own mothers if it advanced their agenda.

  • Steve Dennis July 22, 2011 at 5:18 AM

    Obama showed his ignorance of the constitution with his threat to veto a balanced budget amendment and this is the man who has sworn to uphold and defend the constitution?! Don’t you just love the way they are all now taking that one clip and using it out of context to make their point?
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  • Otis P. Driftwood July 22, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Typical Democrat strategy – take what you want, act like the rest doesn’t exist.

  • Matt July 22, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    They’re an interesting bunch, pathological liars and all.
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