Greatest Hits: “We Don’t Have a Spending Problem”
The Democrats who run Washington today continued to push a message contrary to what the majority of Americans believe – Washington doesn’t have a spending problem. Hardworking Americans know otherwise.
Let’s take a look at the greatest hits this week by the Democrats who control Washington on their refusal to recognize that government has a spending problem.
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starring Pelosi, Hoyer, and Harkin
• PELOSI: “It’s almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem.” Nancy Pelosi kicked off the Democratic message on spending on Fox News Sunday by telling Chris Wallace, “It’s almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem. We have a budget deficit problem that we have to address.” (Pelosi: We Don’t Have A Spending Problem, Fox News, February 10, 2013)
• HOYER: “Does the country have a spending problem? The country has a paying for problem.” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said on Tuesday that he doesn’t believe Washington has a spending problem either. When asked point blank on CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning whether or not Washington has a spending problem, the minority whip refused to answer. (Hoyer: “The Country Has A Paying For Problem,” Not A Spending Problem, Real Clear Politics, February 12, 2013)
• HARKIN: “Is it a spending problem? No.” At a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing today, Senator Harkin (D-IA) said, “I think, first of all, I want to disagree with those who say we have a spending problem, Everyone keeps saying we have a spending problem. And when they talk about that, it’s like there’s an assumption that somehow we as a nation are broke. We can’t afford these things any longer. We’re too broke to invest in education and housing and things like that. Well look at it this way, we’re the richest nation in the history of the world. We are now the richest nation in the world. We have the highest per capita income of any major nation. That kind of begs the question, doesn’t it? If we’re so rich, why are we so broke? Is it a spending problem? No.” (Harkin: No Spending Problem, and We’re Not Broke, Weekly Standard, Daniel Halper, February 14, 2013)