January 27th, 2010
10:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Begala: Placing the blame for the deficit

(CNN) - Sounding like Joe Friday, President Obama said "just the facts" on the deficit.

And he laid blame for the deficit squarely where it belongs: at the feet of the Republican Congress and the Republican president who squandered the massive Clinton surpluses and created the massive Republican deficits. Thank goodness.

At the beginning of the speech he described the recession as "a storm," which I hated. But later he made it clear it was not a natural disaster, it was a man-made disaster, caused by Republican tax cuts for the rich, Republican wars with no way to pay for them, and a Republican prescription drug plan that went straight on the national credit card.

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. File under "Sarcasm"

    I'm gald he's still got Begala's vote. He'd probably have to rape Begala's wife and abuse his dog to lose it.

    January 27, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. obama the liar

    Let us pray that the 2010 elections will put a halt to the damage that this clown is reaping on our country....2012 cannot come to fast.

    January 27, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  3. liberal wingnut

    At least there's tangible results from previous debt. Can we say that now?

    January 27, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. Patty

    The facts are what they are. The Republicans should take responsibilty and, be responsible, and try to work w/ the Democrats.

    January 27, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. etranger

    Well said. "Just the facts m'am."

    January 27, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. obama the liar

    More OBAMA money fixes everything.

    January 27, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  7. msen

    I'm stunned at the absolute ambivalence and disrespect show by the right side of the isle. I can't understand it. Democrats always disagreed with Reagan, Bush I and Bush II, but it was never this overt. It's a disgrace.

    January 27, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  8. Kevin

    Now that is a stretch, Begala. How you can say that with a straight face after the unprecedented increases in spending by the current administration and the current congress? Yes, the previous administration spent too much money, too.

    January 27, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. j

    Yeah, let's blame former president george bush. Like obama said in 2000 we had a surplus and now we have a deficit. What does that tell you.

    January 27, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  10. ginger

    Iam so glad that the President said it like is on the deficit; I wrote to Castellanos earlier complaining about his blaming Obama for the deficit. I totally resent Republicans for this.
    But one more thing–why is there a response; tell CNN they are promoting the bickering. There is only one Presiden; only he gives the State of the Union and these counterpunches need to stop. This is where the media hurt. It needs to stop

    January 27, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  11. Mike

    The government should never have a surplus. It is our money, not the politicians'. They do not deserve to take my money and sit in their white ivory towers looking down on me while I pour my life into my work to give my family a better life. While they are playing golf and glad-handing teamsters, I am earning an honest wage. They should only take what they need for defense and infrastructure. That is it!!! We the people will take our country back. And it won't be via the Republicans. It will be via a 3rd party. Democrats and Republicans have gone too far. The day both parties are irrevelant will be a great day in America!

    January 27, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  12. Grace

    Wow, such bipartisanship! The blame game which the Democrats always insist on using is not working anymore because Americans aren't concerned on who is to blame, but what is to be done about it. And Obama, focusing his first year on health care showed Americans that he was the one who is out of touch. He just now realized that he should be focusing on jobs, jobs, jobs? After a year of squandering taxpayer money, he is just now realizing this? Seriously? The rest of America knew that, and that is why Scott Brown is his wake up call. He wasted a year when he could have been putting Americans back to work. Change we can believe in? We don't trust him anymore.

    January 27, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  13. Joe Miller

    I really wish there were some type of "punishment" for "excessive spin." The numbers speak for themselves. Yes, Bush and the Republican Congress are responsible for some of the deficit. But, President Obama and the Democrats are also responsible for some of the deficit. We can get someone who can add and subtract to compute who is responsible for what. However, I really think the important consideration is what are we going to do about the deficit. If you believe in the Laffer curve, then at least part of the solution is to put more people back to work. Another measure – Heaven forbid – would be to cut out some government spending and waste. My bottom line point, however, is let's cut the nauseating spin and make some "productive" comments.

    January 27, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. bull

    the blame goes partially to the democratic congress who have had control for the last three years, who mismanaged the freddie and fannie debacles and to obama who has run us into more debt with failed programs than any other president in history.

    January 27, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  15. Deb

    To paraphrase what Pres. John Adams famously said, people are not entitled to their own facts.

    And, the Republicans can contort themselves senseless, but facts are facts: they squandered a surplus by not paying for huge tax cuts that went disproportionately to the wealthiest; by not paying for an expensive Medicare drug benefit; and, by not paying for two wars.

    Lest some of you claim that "9/11" was the cause of blowing the surplus, I'd suggest you check out the Wall St. Journal headline for 9/10/2001: Surplus Gone.

    January 27, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  16. Bryant

    Its about time

    January 27, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  17. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Since the average spoiled American wants instant gratification and "happy times" all around and obviously the memory span of a gnat, it was good President Obama pointed out that running two wars and giving 2 tax cuts at the same time will only lead to fiscal responsibility to folks that had passed out in Econ 101 at Yale.

    The "lost" decade for the middle class was accurate as well.

    Apparently, America needs to be reminded frequently of WHO and HOW the dung heap called our economy was created in the last 10 years.

    Save the talking points that Dems were in control of Congress the last 2 years, there were 51 in the Senate and as we all know it takes 60 to get anything done.

    I personally think that should just a simple majority, then this gridlock would hopefully not be as great and no, it is not just for Dems, it would be a permanent change so IF the reds are ever in power it would be the same for them.

    January 27, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  18. Soul Leister

    Obama has been in charge for one of the last eight years he and Begala you keep referring to.

    Obama and Begala have selective amnesia as we have had a democrat house and senate for three of the last eight years Obama and Begala keep referring too.

    The largest spending during the last eight years has occurred during the last three years of the eight... (insert expletive here).

    Begala, like Obama, is an elitist partisan... do us all a favor and stop acting childishly by trying to blame republicans for the political posturing/actions of a democrat house and senate, over the last three years... oh, yes, and Obama's inability to lead them.

    January 27, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  19. jay

    did any of you listen to the speach? some of you are putting words in his mouth that i did not hear. he gave a fine speach, it made me feel like we finally have a real leader.

    January 27, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  20. Steve Lyons

    One problem with his statement is that under the republican Congress and Bush the deficit spiked immediately after 9/11 yet was being reduced each year until 2006 when the communists regained control of the Senate and set a new all time record immediately after Obama pushed through his first budget. Check with the GAO for confirmation.

    January 27, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  21. Damon

    "And he laid blame for the deficit squarely where it belongs: at the feet of the Republican Congress and the Republican president"

    Are you purposefully being ignorant or does that just come natural to you? You act and flat out LIE, as if Republicans had control of congress for all 8 years of Bush. When did everything start going downhill with our economy again numbnuts? 2006!!! When DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER CONGRESS. And the housing bubble/crisis was who's fault again?

    Do you lie and spin the facts just to sleep better at night or to make yourself feel all w arm inside? You make us Dems look horrible and deceitful and we are tired of that kind of bs.

    January 27, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  22. Kathy a Nurse

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO right on! I could not have said it better myself. When the republicans go in under Clinton it was give to the rich and take from the middle class! Notice I did not say poor because the poor were probably poor before but the middle class is falling behind. I see it all around me at work and at home.

    January 28, 2010 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  23. Tomczak

    I'm getting tired of the President and his administration always pointing their finger away from themselves. A real leader deals with what they have and has a vision for the future. The biggest problem in America is the economy and he's taling about "don't ask don't tell". Maybe the polls put this at the top of the list but I didn't see it. Change and Hope, same old stuff, pandering to his base.

    January 28, 2010 12:29 am at 12:29 am |