Is deficit fever a political disaster in the making?
August 29th, 2011
05:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Is deficit fever a political disaster in the making?

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Just as Hurricane Irene was slamming the East Coast, the political rhetoric was approaching category 5 strength in other parts of the country.

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann joked at a campaign event in Florida that the disaster was a sign from God that federal spending was out of control.

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  1. Bill

    It is a political disaster for the GOP. Their continued carping about deficit has alienated independent voters. And, when
    reprobates like Bachman make statements like these, it only further confirms the GOP is devoid of ideas and direction.

    August 29, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    That's an amusing reference.......but the truth is, government spending is out of control, whether God approves or not.

    August 29, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Peter E

    Tell me ONE instance where reducing deficits by cutting spending in the middle of an economic crisis helped. Just one! No? Didn't think so.
    Cutting spending has not helped Herbert Hoover, nor Jimmy Carter. Both of them prolonged crises by cutting spending.
    In turn, increased spending during economic crises has helped this nation out of multiple recessions. This included the first Bush recession, the recessions of the 80s, or more famously, the Great Depression and how we finally beat back its final years by huge spending on WWII. Yes, WWII also balooned our national debt to 120% of the economy, and guess what! It did not bankrupt us! In fact, all that investment into manufacturing and job creation through deficit spending put our economy on the right track and ultimately laid the foundations for the economic boom of the 50s and 60s. The only major hickup to that WAS when government suddenly cut a huge amount of its spending after combat has ended.
    By the very definition of GDP, the economy grows with increased spending, whether it's private or government. Cutting spending, whether private or government, in the middle of a recession will by its very definition hurt the economy even more.

    August 29, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Patrick from Minnesota

    The fact that she would use a devistating hurricane as evidence that God doesn't like our current ecconomic policy only shows how crazy she is. She doesn't belong in Congress (or any other branch of our government), she belongs in the Minnesota Security Hospital.

    August 29, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. jean2009

    It is shear idiocy in the making; and Bachmann is one of the idiots.

    August 29, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. Name king

    While most professional economist urge for stimulous spending the lunatic right shout to take austerity measures. This economy is falling fast and the demented right wing is refusing to stimulate life into our economy just because they want to see Obama be a one term president. Hey I wonder what they will do, because bush took a booming economy from Clinton and drove it into the ground. I wonder if perry can take a struggling economy and push it upward. A feet that no repug president has done since the Reagan. The problem is Reagan had an economy that we didn't have to compete with china and our borders were closed, and trickle down worked for a while, because their was no one else but us to get it. Now is a different story, our borders are wide open with a global economy. We have china India and a range of up and coming countries competing for American jobs. Can the repugs austerity trickle down economy work. I bet the leading economist won't think so.

    August 29, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. Elaine

    The majority of Republicans seem to hold a negative, extremist view about the federal government.They believe that because most departments of the federal government aren't mentioned in The Constitution, that it is wrong and wasteful to operate them; even though it doesn't prohibit them.From Rick Perry's views on Social Security to Ron Paul's views on FEMA, the idea is to gut the federal government.They see it as an intrusive and Socialistic enemy.Michelle Bachmann literally speaks of the IRS, the federal tax agency that feeds this monster, as the enemy.Although the deficit is a serious problem, and has to be dealt with( in a responsible way); they see this as an opportune time to starve this beast ,by extremist measures-such as the Ryan Plan , which would make deep cuts in Medicare; and in whatever case possible, gutting departments/ programs; and "returning power to the states", which is their ultimate goal.Voters should beware, because some of the hype sounds good, but people have to understand what all of this means to them, personally.Yes, The Constitution is the common bond that we all share as Americans; but there has to be a way to implement the provisions of The Constitution on a national level.States can't do that, only the federal gov't. can.We also have to realize that the agencies of the U.S. government were founded because there was a need for them.As the article stated, states don't have the money, ( nor the mechanism), to absorb a disaster such as a Katrina, nor could they provide , across the board protection of our rights.

    August 29, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  8. diridi

    deficit is a political ploy...that's it. o.k, It is created by Reagan's no foreseeability, and Bush Iraq war....two ballooned...Not Obama's nor Clinton's....sure...

    August 30, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |