Republicans growing fiscally clueless

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The Augusta Chronicle is absolutely on target in their editorial "Reversal of fortune" (July 31). The Chronicle's analysis of how the Bush administration has come to a deficit of $482 billion with both guns and slashing tax revenues to the wealthy is a welcome admission.

The Chronicle also makes the valid point that when the Republicans were in control of both houses of Congress, Republicans went along with the president. Not included in the $482 billion figure is the $90 billion debt for the Iraq war. Unfortunately, some Democrats, as well as the Republicans, are responsible for supporting President Bush and his Iraq venture, and this great deficit.

It is interesting that Bush was never successful financially when he was in the business world. He always thought he could borrow to support his ventures. He never learned the lesson of fiscal responsibility and he will leave, as The Chronicle points out, with red ink for our children and grandchildren.

In the November election, voters will descend on senators such as Saxby Chambliss, and Rep. Paul Broun, for their foolhardy, lockstep support of Bush's lack of fiscal policies. From what we hear from Washington, Broun is a spendthrift, but Chambliss should know better. Sen. John McCain says he knows little about economics. One has to conclude that the Republicans have put us in a financial mess -- and Republicans, including McCain, Chambliss and Broun, will have no clue how to get us out of it.

Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

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wildman
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wildman 08/06/08 - 04:35 am
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LG, please take a look at the

LG, please take a look at the most "do nothing" congress in the history of the United States before pointing at Bush. We do agree that he is not the most popular guy ever to sit in the Oval Office but please, your folks in DC need to get with the program as well. My point, clean your house before trying to clean others.

Ga Values
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Ga Values 08/06/08 - 05:33 am
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Chambliss certainly knows how

Chambliss certainly knows how to take care of himself,, He has collected $1,368,000.00 from the Ag industry, that with Pelosi / Reid,& he over rode President Bush's Veto of the waste filled Farm Bill. He has raised $1,248,000.00 from the bankers that he worked with Pelosi/Reid to bail out at the expense of the TAXPAYER. Saxby takes care of Saxby but not the Georgia taxpayer. SOURCE: http://opensecrets.org/politicians/industries.php?cycle=2008&cid=N00002685

Ga Values
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Ga Values 08/06/08 - 05:52 am
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Here'sMcCain's position on

Here'sMcCain's position on Saxby's Farm Bill rip off of the taxpayer::

http://ap.onlineathens.com/pstories/politics/20080806/314278123.shtml

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rbk 08/06/08 - 06:15 am
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Well said, Uncle BS. I'm

Well said, Uncle BS. I'm glad the Chronicle included the note at the bottom of the letter stating that LG is the chairman of the RC Dem. Party so people would know where he is coming from. I knew that, but I'm sure most readers probably did not. What else could we expect from him but what he wrote?

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 08/06/08 - 07:15 am
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GA Values, She better clean

GA Values, She better clean that house faster than the politicians clean her wallet! I do agree with you on this, and those in Congress do need to "come out of the closets". Too bad Bush gets away with this as he leaves us hanging, they should IMPEACH, but those idiots wouldn't know how to, they can't even find a personal checkbook of their own without putting taxpayer dough in it.

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patriciathomas 08/06/08 - 07:18 am
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L.G., you play your spin

L.G., you play your spin well. Plenty of truth to cover plenty of "misstatements". The point you're correct on, the politicians in the U.S. Congress are horrible at managing the money of the nation. Too much of it finds its way into their pockets and too little covers the national debt. Your suggested solution is exactly what we have now.

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weekapaug05 08/06/08 - 09:12 am
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It's odd that he points our

It's odd that he points our all the horrors of the republican party but doesn't tell you why the dem. canidates running against these folks are better. Notice he never said that Obama knows anything about economics, just that McCain doesn't. If you're going to tell me that I shouldn't vote for republicans at least tell me why I should vote for a democrat. They have no clue but do the dems? From all the work they've done in the past few years I'd think not.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 08/06/08 - 10:36 am
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For those who are criticizing

For those who are criticizing Mr. Greenbaum (who I think should be in the Barnwell County Democratic Party's HQ BTW), look at the roadblock Republicans in the Senate. They are the ONLY reason why this Congress has been unable to get anything done. They have filibustered 84 bills in 18 months, a new record. When the Dems were completely out of power, we only used the filibuster for rogue judges.

jack
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jack 08/06/08 - 12:17 pm
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Greenbum, Bush and the Repubs

Greenbum, Bush and the Repubs (when in control of Congress) indeed forgot their conservative principals. However, if GW Bush has never been successful in business, how is it he is now a milionaire? As for the DIMs who have controlled Congress for two years, one can only believe it is they who gave us $4.00 gas and an economy in the dumps. At least you admit for a change that prominent DIMs voted for the invasion of Iraq (and continue to do so though promising to do otherwise). Typical for DIMs-promise anything but deliver nothing..

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Former Augustan 08/06/08 - 12:22 pm
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All of you so-called

All of you so-called republicans and conservatives need to remember that bush signed every single bill that his republican congress passed for his first six years in office. The Democrats have been stymied in getting legislation passed because bush learned what the word "veto" was all about, and began killing bills which he knew the Dem's razor-thin majority could not override. I don't blame the Congress for not giving bush anything the past year of so, and you can bet that this lame-duck and lame-brained cretin won't get anything passed for the next 5 months. Better to do nothing than continue giving the republicans and their rich friends even more.

jack
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jack 08/06/08 - 12:24 pm
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Willistown, "rogue judges"?

Willistown, "rogue judges"? Yu mean those that can read and interpret plain English? The DIMs were a stumbling block every day while the Repubs supposedly controlled Congress (but didn't know how). It is those DIMs who have blocked drilling of our on oil for decades, resulting in the gross problem we have now at the gas pump. They continue to do so and wil pay the price in November.

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johnsmith 08/06/08 - 01:53 pm
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willis..."rogue"...? Sorry,

willis..."rogue"...? Sorry, the Constitution (you know, that 'living, breathing, evolving' document...) provides for the President to appoint judges, with "the advice and consent of the Senate." It says nothing about the Senate refusing to advise or consent, and in fact refusing even to hold a vote. That's unconstitutional, it's unethical, and it had never been done in the history of this country until your "progressive" party decided to do it. And McCain, btw, was one of 14 senators who took a ton of heat from his own party to help break that impasse, so if your highest political standard is "bipartisanship," then I guess you have your candidate! Personally, I value respect for the Constitution more than I do wishy-washiness, so I can't vote for either one of them...

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willistontownsc 08/06/08 - 02:49 pm
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I was off by two. I meant 86

I was off by two. I meant 86 filibusters in 1.5 years. And jack, these judges Bush stacked on the court knows absolutely ZERO about our Constitution -- if they knew anything about our living document, then they would interpret it to include all 302,000,000 of us, not just the white males in this country -- the latter of which the conservative judges has done over and over again. This obstructionist attitude are gonna make voters punish the GOP on November 4. They could end up losing as many as 19 Senate seats. Only Graham's seat is considered safe.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 08/06/08 - 02:53 pm
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If the GOP had their way in

If the GOP had their way in 2005, they wouldn't have been able to blatantly obstruct business in this session in the way they have done with the Dems controlling the lower two branches of our government. The "nuclear option" not only would have invalidated judicial filibusters, it would have invalidated ALL filibusters and would have made the two-thirds majority needed to ratify constitutional amendments and override presidential vetoes just a simple majority instead.

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rbk 08/06/08 - 03:19 pm
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Some posters on here want to

Some posters on here want to blame the Repubs for not allowing things to get done, but if I read and heard right, the Dems were the ones who insisted on shutting down the house and taking an undeserved vacation so they wouldn't have to try and solve the oil drilling situation. Talk about irresponsibility! Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid ought to be tarred and feathered and driven out of Wash DC on a rail. One was elected to represent less than 3 tenths of one percent of the nation's population by less than 3 tenths of one percent of the nation's population, and the other was elected by and to represent one state out of 50. So why are they allowed to rule over all the rest of us? Why are they allowed to control what national business will be conduced and when? The liberal party would like things to be run like they were in Russia under Stalin.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 08/06/08 - 03:28 pm
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Better to go on vacation and

Better to go on vacation and shut down the House and Senate and do nothing than to be in session and have the Senate Republicans add to their record-breaking filibuster total by refusing to allow a vote on drilling in parts of the country that's been open to the public for years on end. The whining coming from the GOP is about one thing and one thing ONLY: drilling in ANWAR, thus destroying our environment in the process. The permafrost in ANWAR is what is keeping polar bears from being added to the endangered species list. If we drill in ANWAR, that would be a major catastrophe to our environment and polar bears would be really close to being extinct, and they would be certainly be extinct in the wild.

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willistontownsc 08/06/08 - 03:38 pm
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Quite frankly, the Democratic

Quite frankly, the Democratic candidates should all be airing attack ads against the GOP senators for being obstructionists and the voters shouild kick every last one of them out of Washington. There is absolutely no excuse for a lot of those 86 filibusters. None.

And each of the 535 people elected are supposed to represent ALL 302 million people, not just the people in their states and districts. If you believe that they should represent ONLY their district, then they shouldn't run for a federal office.

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S.C. Dawg 08/06/08 - 03:55 pm
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Lowell, all this from a party

Lowell, all this from a party that claims we can ease the energy crisis by putting more air in our tires. Lets inflate our tires so we can afford gas again. Only problem is we have to have petroleum to make tires. Oh well, back to the drawing board.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 08/06/08 - 04:10 pm
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Lowering the max speed limit

Lowering the max speed limit on non-interstate highways to 55 would help solve our energy crisis, like it did in the 1970s.

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