Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What an Obama ally says about the Democratic record

Remember how the White House was celebrating Michael Bennet's victory in the Colorado primary as a sign of support for the administration's agenda? Well, this is what Bennet is saying this week.
Regarding spending during his time in office he said, “We have managed to acquire $13 trillion of debt on our balance sheet” and, “in my view we have nothing to show for it.” Speaking of the debt, he said our debt almost equals the economy. Regarding the current job situation, Bennet said the situation has been dire for over a decade saying, “We have created no net new jobs in the United States since 1998” which were the last two years of the Clinton administration. Pointing to a slide showing budget expenditures, he said that currently 65 percent of the budget was for social security, Medicaid and Medicare expenditures and that we could not grow our way out of debt....

Regarding the expiration of the Bush tax cuts Bennet would not commit to a position on whether to extend them simply saying, “I hope we look at it comprehensively.”

When asked about a recent report showing that government employees make more than their private sector counterparts said, "This is a time when we need to restrain wages in the public sector." He said we need to make sure “our wages are not growing faster than inflation or faster than our growth.” Bennet also received a question about whether he would support card check and declined to give a firm answer saying, “I have not been a sponsor of the employee free choice act and the bill as written will not come to the floor to a vote.” He also said, “I believe strongly in the right of workers to collectively bargain and organize free from intimidation.”
Who does he think voted for some of those trillions?

As Vincent Carroll of the Denver Post writes,
Bennet, you may have noticed, is campaigning as a fiscal hawk. According to a recent report in this newspaper, the Colorado senator touts deficit reduction at town hall meetings as vital to the nation's health.

To emphasize his seriousness, Bennet has sponsored the Deficit Reduction Act, which would cap the federal deficit at 3 percent of GDP after 2012 (when it would be capped at 4 percent), and supports a commission that will recommend a federal debt-reduction plan. Bennet also voted for "pay-as-you-go" rules that require offsetting revenue for any tax cuts or spending hikes.

If you're partial to stern warnings about the growing national debt and grand schemes for shrinking it, Bennet is your man. But be sure to avert your eyes from his actual record.

Pay no attention to the contrast between Bennet's green-eye-shade rhetoric and his drunken-sailor votes. Rest assured that 18 months of supporting one lavish spending and bailout bill after another provide no hint whatsoever of Bennet's core fiscal philosophy.

As recently as June, Bennet joined 44 other senators to back another stimulus package that would have added $80 billion to the deficit. Now, $80 billion may be chump change by Washington's standards, but it's still $80 billion. A dozen Senate Democrats actually broke ranks with the administration to defeat the plan, but not our fiscal hawk from Colorado. He thought the federal spending spree that absolutely, positively needs to end shouldn't end quite yet.
And that's not even including what ObamaCare, which Bennet voted for will add to the balance sheet. Bennet may try to cast all this as the Bush administration's fault, but that's ignoring that the Democrats have been in control of Congress since January, 2007 and they've been running the whole shebang since 2009. And with his buddies in control, he still thinks that there is nothing to show for all that spending that he voted for.

(Link via Battle '10 at NRO)