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Deficit Concern Jumps ... Among the GOP

Deep public worry about the federal budget deficit has jumped since December, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, upping the ante on the White House's fiscal responsibility summit that kicks off later this morning.

Among those adults aged 40 and up, almost all express concern, and 68 percent are "very concerned," while those under 40 are decidedly less worried (45 percent very concerned; it's 38 percent those aged 18 to 29).

However, sentiment about the government's account imbalance has political as well as generational and economic roots: The entire rise in concern about the deficit over the past two months has been among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

Overall, 59 percent of Americans are now "very concerned" about the size of the federal budget deficit, 10 percentage points higher than in a Post-ABC poll in mid-December. Among Democrats, though, top level concern has slipped four points, despite the billions in new governmental outlays passed by the new Democratic president and the Democratically-controlled Congress.

By contrast, 74 percent of Republicans in the new poll expressed grave worry about the deficit, 29 points higher than in December when George W. Bush held the reins.

Sixty-one percent of independents are very concerned about the deficit, up 12 points from December, with the increase almost entirely among those who said they tend to side with the GOP.

More from this Post-ABC poll will be released this evening at 5 p.m. It was conducted Feb. 19 through 22 among a national random sample of 1,001 adults interviewed on landline or mobile telephones.

How concerned, if at all, are you about the size of the federal budget deficit? (% saying "very concerned")

Among Democrats

Republican Party

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By Jon Cohen  |  February 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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This is one of the main reasons Republicans lost the last two Congressional elections. The fact that they failed to control federal spending. Republicans began to spend taxpayers dollars like drunken Democrats. Well, now what do we have, HUGE deficits.

Now after two straight congressional defeats, the Republicans finally remembered, hey, we are supposed to be the party of fiscal discipline. Now the Democrats are spending like, well, drunken Democrats.

This madness has to stop. We cannot afford these ENORMOUS Deficits.

Posted by: MikeL4 | February 23, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Republicans only care about the deficit when they aren't the party in control. The poll results are meaningless. No one cares what the gop thinks. The republican party and their corrupt CEO buddies have proven to be the real threat to America. They have inflicted a far more crippling long term blow to America than any foreign terrorist organization or axis of evil nation could ever dream of. The terrorists live among us, unbelievably, Americans keep voting them into office.

Posted by: dem4life1 | February 23, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

The difference is this time we'll actually get something of value for the money spent and, with the revival of the economy, the probability of the money returning as revenue.

Posted by: storky | February 23, 2009 7:38 AM | Report abuse

So now the GOP gives a dam about the deficit when their boy "W" was running this country they allowed him to do whatever the hell he wanted and spend whatever he wanted on things that did not strengthen the American economy now its a concern.

Stop whining all you have done sonce Obama has taken office is whine if you had solutions to this mess you should have initiated them when your boy, "W" was destroying the economy over the last 8 years.

Posted by: TheBeatDontStop | February 23, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Were all worried about the deficit, but our Republican friends didn't seem to be concerned when Bush doubled the deficit. They ran us to the ground and know they think were spending to much. We need less politics and more help for our citizens. The Republicans are doing what they need to do in order to survive as a party. There basically doing nothing but crying.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | February 23, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Republican economics:

Spend, spend, spend

Give the average guy $50 (Reagan) $300(Bush) Give corporations (unless they have a union) billions and really cut taxes for the top 5%

Spend spend, inflate the economy and the 95%pay twice as much for everything

Send the bill to the unborn

When you lose power, after turning a 10 trillion dollar projected surplus into a 6 trillion dollar deficit, rail on the Democrats for actually spending on 95% of Americans

Posted by: scottinorlando | February 23, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

The Don't Tax & Spend Republican policies of the past 8 years including Reagan/Bush have come home to roost. And now, when the nation is reeling and we have no choice but to spend our taxpayer dollars here at home on ourselves, (this should have been done 8 years ago INSTEAD of the Iraq war toilet) Republicans are nervous about the deficit. Where were they when our tax dollars were being sent out the door unaccounted for? With no real revenue raising policy the GOP seemed bent on destroying our people's government. I think they should do us all a favor and sit on their hands.

Posted by: drum_sing | February 23, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

"Republicans only care about the deficit when they aren't the party in control. The poll results are meaningless."

On the contrary, I think that these poll results are quite telling. Republicans and Democrats alike are more concerned about the deficit when they are not the ones controlling the flow of the money. Is this really a surprise that both political parties are full of self-interested twits?

Maybe we should put both parties out of power. This way there would be bipartisan support for reigning in deficit spending.

Posted by: blert | February 23, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Gee, maybe the weepublicans' crocodile tears over the deficit would be more believable if they'd been shed with the same emotions when Dumbya & Dick were racking up their trillion-dollar-tab for the War for Corporate Welfare in Iraq -- THAT was OK . . . but, spending taxpayer moneies . . . on TAXPAYERS -- ???? -- surely you jest!

And, I don't remember hearing Sens. Shelby or Sessions or DeMint or any of the other weepublicans who have suddenly found their sense of fiduciary responsibility, ranting and raving about out-going Sec of Interior Dirk Kempthorne's $239,000 bill for redecorating his OFFICE bathroom(!), complete with a refrigerator(ewwwww! that sounds nasty -- and weird, too!), two months before leaving office!!!!

At the rate the weepublicans are going, the Dems have nothing to worry about -- they're eating themselves alive.

Posted by: thesuperclasssux | February 23, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

What a hoot! The GOP is concerned about the deficit. They had eight years to do something about it. In fact, they had twenty. As slow as some of us are, we see the hypocricsy in the GOP shouting "reckless spending" when Reagan, Bush I and Bush II together added nine trillion dollars to the $10.5 trillion dollar debt. The Bush admistration started with a huge tax cut for the rich that hugely increased the deficit, and what trickled down is a depression.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | February 23, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

I wish Republicans had realized the dangers of deficits in 1981. If they had, we wouldn't be in our current economic crisis.

Cheney infamously said, "Deficits don't matter." He's just proven himself wrong.

Unfortunately, you cannot simply spend with abandon to fight useless wars and enrich your friends, and then cut off the tap during a depression. We need to balance the budget over the business cycle, not in the midst of the 3rd Bush Recession.

Posted by: AxelDC | February 23, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

The party out of power always complains about the money being spent, because they are not the ones who get to spend it. If Bush had not run up the deficit and left the Clinton tax structure alone there would be no recession at all now, and no need for a stimulus bailout, for a lot of reasons that are pretty clear and easy to explain. The GOP complaining about the economy and the deficit is like the guy who kills his parents and then asks the court for mercy because he's an orphan.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | February 23, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Repubes = HYPOCRITES.

Ask them what happened to Clinton's budget surplus.

HYPOCRITES!

Posted by: free-donny | February 23, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

These petty comments about the GOP are silly and getting pretty old. Obama and the dems are spending like crazy and I don't care what side you are on you should be concerned about how far in debt this country is getting into. It was not necessary to spend the amount of money that congress just spent on this bill and it will do little to stimulate the economy.
They were taking the lazy way out and put pet projects in these bills that should have been in other bills but they wanted to spend it all now and worry about it later. Obama says he is going to cut the deficit in half now. He seems to be living in a dream world and talks out of both sides of his mouth. He just sent 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan and says he is going to make cuts, we were already bringing troops home from Iraq and the amount of money going over there now isn't going to save a lot.

Posted by: sque1 | February 23, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Have you been polled lately? I am a 72 year old registered Independent (over 40 years) and have voted in every federal, state and local election since I became eligible to vote. Not once have I been asked to participate in a poll. So I really don't place much faith in these polls.

As for the deficit - the GOP didn't worry about the huge deficit run up by the wars, did they? Now we need the money for our own people and the future of our country. I really think that is more important than a war without cause.

Posted by: Utahreb | February 23, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

So now Republicans care about the deficit? Where was this concern in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 when they actually had the power to do something about it? I'm sorry, but this party has no credibility in my eyes. I am not going to even think of lending them any support unless a new generation snags the party back from it's southern base. To call Republicans the Conservative Party is an insult to all of the logical conservatives I know.

Posted by: Waffle365 | February 23, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

It took two congressional election defeats and a Dem in the White House to have fiscal responsibility back into the Republicans. Two bad.

Posted by: ExpressReader | February 23, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

As a registered Independent voter, and one who votes for both republicans and democrats, depending on who is the better candidate...I can say this, from a point of neutrality...it seems to me that the democrats are labeled the "tax and spend" party...and the republicans the "DON'T tax and spend party". Hence, the math doesn't add up. Why, I ask, are the Republicans suddenly interested in the deficit? For the last 8 years they've spent like there's no tomorrow. At least when the democrats spend, we get something, here, in the United States...not some "bridge to nowhere", in Iraq, or Afghanistan, like the republicans give us...so they can have some kind of platform to brag about to get elected again...give me the democrats...for now.

Posted by: gcook1 | February 23, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Again, perhaps you should revisit the headline.

When I read the story, it seems like EVERYBODY is concerned, not just the GOP.

Posted by: postfan1 | February 23, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

A superb method to reduce the deficit is to slash military spending by 10% each year for the next four years and to close military bases in Republican states.

Also, revenue sharing between Republican states and the federal government can be slashed by 50%.

Posted by: Maddogg | February 23, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Having the GOP suddenly care about the deficit would be a very healthy political development if it was truly a longterm polical principle the GOP was adopting. This is an especially important issue given the fact that 90 percent of the current national debt was run up under Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II. Alas I very much doubt that this sudden concern about the deficit will last and when a Republican gets back into the White House sometime in the future. I fear the lure of Tax Cut and Spend will trump their newfound concern about the deficit as soon as they get the opportunity to actually implement their ideas.

Again if this was an issue of Republicans truly discovering that they actually have governing principles and they intend to stick by them I wouldn't have any issue. But like so much with the GOP its probably just a tactical shift that will last only as long as they are shut out of the House, Senate and White House.

Posted by: jmseabee | February 23, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

What a pity this concern didn't manifest itself while the Republicans embarked on binge of tax cut financed deficit spending that has doubled the national debt to nearly 11 trillion over the last eight years.

Posted by: johnbsmrk | February 23, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

MikeL4,

Flailing your arms and crying the sky is falling doesn't convince me. The Repubicans stated repeatedly that "Deficits Don't Matter". (Dick Cheney, 2004); Why all of a sudden do deficits matter to Repubicans? Because now that Democrats are in power, they can beat them over the head with it.

Posted by: swatkins1 | February 23, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

So now, after Reagan and the Bushes increased the national debt tenfold, and they've lost control of the government, Republicans are now worried about the deficit. Such hypocrisy is the hallmark of the GOP. They have absolutely no credibility on this issue.

Posted by: jheath53 | February 23, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

The one part of stimulus spending that Republicons love that probably creates the fewest jobs are the tax cuts. The Dems face a bankrupt banking system, a worldwide depression, an unsustainable balance of trade, a too heavy fossil fuel dependence and a decreasing education gap with the rest of the world. 350 billion in TARP money went to the banks doing nothing but increase their balance sheets. 80 billion now goes to foolish homebuyers that bit off more than they could chew. The other choice is to see the good homeowner lose value greater than the bailout cost. As long as we build the improvements we require, the money will be backed. Reducing the Walton's taxes to open a new Chinese factory, have their part time workers collect food stamps and medicaid is folly. Republican economics basically are folly. The greatest upward movement of the middle class came during the 50's with high corporate/indiv. taxes, high unionization and the GI bill for middle class home ownership and education.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 23, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

stating the all too obvious: where were these same frugal Republicans over the past eight years?

Methinks this newfound desire for frugality has more to do with electoral reality than policical theology. Fact is both Republicans and Democrats in Wshington have come to believe they can both spend like drunken sailors and reap the political benefits without any due bills.

If these newly minted fiscal hawks in the GOP are so serious about fiscal discipline how can they continue to champion even deeper cuts in income taxes as the "solution" to our fiscal crisis. The Bush tax cuts, coupled with out of contol spending rubber stamped by a Republican Congress is one major reason we are in this deep hole. The solution? Keep digging?

Hypocricy does not begin to describe this. Whether you are a Republican or Democrat once elected you spend against our children's future to guarantee yours. A pox on all their houses!

Posted by: bobfbell | February 23, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

The record shows that federal deficits actually DRASTICALLY INCREASED under the Republican presidents since Ronald Reagan.

U.S. president Party Term Debt/GDP
Jimmy Carter D 1977-1981 -3.2%
Ronald Reagan R 1981-1985 +11.3%
Ronald Reagan R 1985-1989 +9.2%
George H. W. Bush R 1989-1993 +13.1%
Bill Clinton D 1993-1997 -0.6%
Bill Clinton D 1997-2001 -8.2%
George W. Bush R 2001-2005 +6.9%
George W. Bush R 2005-2009 +3.9%

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_debt_by_U.S._presidential_terms

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | February 23, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

You know, W. was a good comedian. Actually, so was Greenspan and all the other corrupt enablers of the partisan Plunder that was Bush Era. Why was Dubya funny? Because remember that first round of checks they sent out to everyone, a few years back? Those weren't stimulus checks, they were supposed to be returning the budget "surplus" to the American people ahead of time! What a great joke! Just like Greenspan and all the others endorsing the big tax cuts for the wealthy, even though we were about to start that big hunt for Weapons of Mass Destruction (did we find them yet? was Saddam in on 9/11, like they told us he was? has anyone found out yet?), yep, big tax cuts because we had that big old massive surplus coming! So why cheat the American taxpayer? I'm all for low taxes, but I'm also for fiscal responsibility, something the REPUBLICANS have done more to destroy than anyone else. I carry no water for old-like kneejerk nanny-statism. No, no Handout Nation for me. But the great crime is that the supposed supporters of "limited government" were too busy 1) plundering and 2) lying to actually care about responsible governance. "Heckuva job, Bushie." The Iraq war? Call that a "supplemental appropriation." Mask the fraud, mask the lies, mask the growth of contractor nation. So any Republican who's suddenly found fiscal religion is like a reformed pervert. Don't trust them.

Posted by: Plutonium57 | February 23, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

And where were the financially prudent GOP during the reign of W? Too busy using the 9-11 and the Iraq war as a smokescreen to enable Wall Street to run amok.

Iraq was the ultimate distraction for the criminals on Wall Street.

Posted by: wesatch | February 23, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Is stimulus a whale of fail. I go with the whale of a fail.

Posted by: fuelman1 | February 23, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Seems like everyone chiming in here has forgotten that nearly half of us are GOP, a bit over half are Dems, and ALL are hoping our country succeeds as a free, safe democracy.

What seems at stake, a bit, is whether we all agree that Socialism is not the society we want, and Capitalism--call it what you like--is what offers US ALL the freedoms we enjoy in this country.

We all want (I would hope) is our gov't to work, our market-based economy to "correct itself" as it always has, and our individual freedom and rights to be the world's standard.

It is this very balance of ideas and the opportunity to express whether we think our gov't is spending too little, too much, or too little or much on the right or wrong things--that make us Americans--living in a free-market democracy.

So SPEAK UP, but respect and remember we are all Americans living in a free-market economy!

Posted by: freemarketer | February 23, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

There is no need for Republicans to get up tight about deficit spending. The party that believes that tax cuts do not contribute to deficits have cloned into the party of concern about deficits. At the time when deficit spending should be encouraged to help an ailing economy make it through the years of famine, Republicans argue for fiscal contraint. It seems that the Republicans are on the wrong side of things. Hence, Americans figured this out last November.

I heard Boehner say that the spending in the Recovery bill would not help employment. He said it several times with emphasis. I agree with Obama, without spending, there will be no employment. A stimulus bill is all about spending and putting people to work. The Republicans are back in our faces again with the rath of Rush L. trying to convince us that up is down, and red is green.

Deficits were really put in motion in 1986 with the first of the big tax packages - tax neutral - where the super-wealthy got their first big tax break. Since then, the upper 0.5 percent of individuals and big corporations have been able to avoid paying trillions of dollars. Instead, they have used billions to fund the Republican Party as thanks for the savings. When Obama came along and millions of us average middle-class taxpayers contributed to his campaign, the gig was up for the Republicans.

What the Republicans are telling us now is that they would stop the spending in this time of great economic collapse. a collapse that is worse due to their policies of the last eight years. Bill Clinton struggled to get a tax bill passed that actually led to balanced budgets and the eventual end of the Federal deficit. The Republicans got back into absolute power - no need for Democratic Party input - and saw no tax break that they did not like. Hence, trillion dollar deficits in a time of prolonged war. Go figure.

Do not think for one minute that Republicans, if they were in power now, would stop spending? Do not buy the Republican argument that the eventual tax increases coming with the new proposed budget will hit the small businessman. This is the usual Republican foil to garner votes. Republicans have only one allegiance - the wealthy and their greedy fingers. Why anyone making under $250,000 per year would vote Republican is beyond me. Oh, did you say abortion policy and gay rights issues? Well, you will pay a big price to think that the Republicans will really do much about these issues. Look at their track record so far. Nope, Republicans are all about collecting money for themselves. Look at the evidence.

Posted by: EarlC | February 23, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Here is the republicans, their attack on the party that has control of the government now. 8 years of unwise spending, an invasion that should have never taken place, tax cuts that really helped the weathly (the majority of the republican party) and now they are concerned about the deficit?

One way to get out of a deficit is to pay down the debt. You cannot do that without revenue. What is revenue for the government, TAXES! Hello republicans and republican leaners!!

Look, I like to keep as much of my money as possible but I am not dillusional either. Look, most of what you are hearing from the congress, specifically the republicans, is politicking. They are doing their best to hang on to their "so-called conservative roots". What they need to do, like ALL elected officials need to do is do what is best for their constiuents and the country.

Why would a poor man with no job be concerned about tax cuts? He has nothing to be cut! This is the conservative brainwashing that has gone on far too long in this country. What the poor man doesn't understand is that republican politician is lobbying for tax cuts to help his wealthy friends and constituents more so than the poor guy.

Do the math, a 5% tax cut at 40K a year is a whole lot less than a 5% tax cut at $400K a year, higher tax bracket and all! Don't be duped people. Yes, we need to have sensible taxes but investing when industry is stagnant is necessary, not preferred, but necessary!

Posted by: ajackson3 | February 23, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is drowning in a sea of debt, yet he continues to take on more water.

Posted by: Phil6 | February 23, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Freemarketer intends to persuade us that "capitalism", as defined by "capitalists" is the only way to go. But all of a sudden, "Capitalism" isn't working anymore, so along come the "Capitalists" who ask for "Socialism", just so long as the "Socialists" don't say they're "Socialists". Meanwhile, the "Socialist" Defense Department, Fire Departments, Police Departments, Pension funds, and highway and bridge builders keep getting poked in the eyes by our good friend, Mr. Freemarketer, whose "Capitalism" dragged the rest of society down with its greed and selfishness. SSShhhhhhh,,,,,,Don't look now, mr. Freemarketer...but .....THERE'S ALWAYS BEEN SOCIALISM......

Posted by: swatkins1 | February 23, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Repubs seem to do a lot of TALKING about fiscal responsibility but very little ACTING on that view, when they are in control of the situation....

As a result, nobody seems to pay much attention to them...

Posted by: RichRable | February 23, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

It looks like Barack Obama is well on his way to only one term in the White House.

Posted by: Phil6 | February 23, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

ajackson3 has said it. I agree 100%. It is time to look at Econ 101.

Good example of corporate greed: Haliburton. (Remember Dick Cheney? I wonder how much Haliburton stock he really owns.) Others have gone down the drain.

President Obama is no dummy. He knows that there are many minefields to go through to try to resolve the many issues that he has to face. He is teaming up with some outstanding public and private sector people and experts. He is doing exactly what an outstanding CEO should do. Does his inexperience in aministration bother me? Absolutely not because I can see for myself how this man operates and how he thinks. His practical application of sound methods of administration beat the "on-paper" credentials of many. I possess the paper credentials to be the leader of a large organization, yet I respect the talents of Pres. Obama. We are blessed to have chosen him at this time in our history. Based on some of my Republican friends, Abe Lincoln could never have run and been elected today -- he was too ugly! How do I know this? These same friends would never vote for Mark Warner because he is "ugly." Can anyone imagine judging a person because of his looks rather than his thinking abiity? Of course, too much in America is based on "looks."

The best reason for having an estate tax: Paris Hilton.

Posted by: EarlC | February 23, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

My grandkids are already going to pay for the Bush orgy, so what's a few more dollars that Obama wants to spend to secure the middle class for them? To me it's like comparing a few peanuts to one huge elephant tu-rd.

Posted by: AverageJane | February 23, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

The time is long past for this country to move forward and leave the Republicans behind. The Republican base is a collection of every pathetic, angry, ignorant, superstitious right wing authoritarian in this country. They have absolutely nothing to offer except hatred and bile. Let's show them what America can really do.

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | February 23, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Remember who the GOP base is, it's filled with Joe the Plumbers and Palin worshippers, it doesn't take much to whip them into a frenzy, a few well placed lies does the trick every time. And the GOP leadership has been especially liberal with fibs the last 3 weeks.

Posted by: AverageJane | February 23, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Where, I wonder, was all that deficit concern during the past 8 years? When the GOP was running up that multiple trillion deficit we currently own, why did we hear no expressions of doubt? Throw trillions away on an unnecessary war that only serves to make us more enemies? Fine. Throw huge tax breaks at corrupt fat cats? No prob. Try to stimulate the resultant disastrous economy? OH, NO, WE'LL RUN UP THE DEFICIT! CAN'T HAVE THAT.

Posted by: nicekid | February 23, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Freemarketer suggests that we all want our government to work. Please tell that to the Republicans who make a practice of badmouthing government. It is hard for me to believe that a person either respects government or wants government to succeed when all that person does is badmouth it and work for its failure. The evidence is one of the most incompetent Presidents that we have ever elected: George H W Bush. To say that he was a drag on government is putting it mildly.

Otherwise, I pretty much agree with freemarketer. However, there is also a situation involving free markets and the need for reasonable regulation, otherwise the unscrupulous among us will revert us back to the situation of the Dark and Middle Ages. People are naive if they believe that there are no people who would try to manipulate the economic system to their personal advantage.

At this point in time, we have seen the manipulation for what it is and we have decided to vote for Democrats. It will take a long time to extract the money from the Ebeneezer Scrooges of this world. Warren Buffett is on our side. He will lead the way.

Posted by: EarlC | February 23, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans keep touting tax cuts as the best remedy for current economic crisis, yet Obama's plan already includes significant tax cuts. If they wanted even more, then here's a question. With the tax revenue drastically reduced due to tax cuts, how can they expect the federal government to keep funding the costly operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, especially beyond 2010, as most Republican warhawks would prefer or demand? Where will the money for it come from? If the federal government prints more money or borrows more from China to keep funding the operations, would they, then, consider it "stimulus", instead of "spending"??

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | February 23, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans managed to create a monster deficit, and wreck a robust economy big time these past 8 years, by letting, even encouraging the economy to wreck itself.

Now they are feverish over a Democratic Administration deficit, when a government bailout of their wrecked economy, and thus more deficit, is universally deemed necessary.

Truly, the stressed American public should not be subjected to these duplicitous Republican hysterics.

And now that the Bush-era "Gulag" facilities are being vacated and revamped, rooms are becoming available. May I suggest something...?

Posted by: paultaylor1 | February 23, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Flailing your arms and crying like all of a sudden deficits don't matter doesn't convince me Democrats.

Deficits matter whether they where driven up by Republican Presidents with Democrat congresses or Democrat Presidents with Republican congresses.

We are driving our country into bankruptcy. We cannot afford to do this. No matter who is president.

Posted by: MikeL4 | February 23, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

What sickening hypocrisy from the Republicans!

Posted by: wideblacksky | February 23, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Just so long as we are going into debt to buy weapons systems and wage war the Republicans have been all for it.

Once we spend money on people, oh no! The Deficit!

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | February 23, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

"74 percent of Republicans in the new poll expressed grave worry about the deficit, 29 points higher than in December when George W. Bush held the reins."

For 8 years conservative republicans swallowed cheney's line that deficits do not matter. If Reagan proclaimed it then it was to be swallowed hook-line-and-sinker.

Some how cheney/bush convinced republicans the country could BORROW AND SPEND without repercussions, invade a country on the cheap and anyone who had doubts was unpatriotic.

Guess what ..... flushing $4 BILLION DOLLAR$ a week down a toilet in Iraq has finally had repercussions.

Hey republicans .... welcome to the real world!!!!

Posted by: knjincvc | February 23, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

GOP supporters (most of the country since 2002) were acting like Zombies giving their unquestioned loyalty to their dear Great Leader GW Bush. Chairman Mao and Stalin would have been jealous of the kind of cult following that Bush commanded over the people. What can I say besides what I always say? most people are too stupid and ignorant to know what's good for them. It's way too late to worry about debts now you Republican morons!

Posted by: neolib | February 23, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I bet the deficit has been Rush Limbaugh's number one talking point over the last month. What this poll measures is the ditto-head response to their master's messaging.

Posted by: nodebris | February 23, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

They should change their names to the S.O.P.
Same Old Party. The 20% Hard core, Faux News are so stuck in their narrow doctrine of No New Taxes, their willing to commit economic suicide and become martyrs for their cause.

You would think they would feel that way about the first commandment. At least they believe that was written by God. No New Taxes? That was written by Ronald Reagan. Boy are they messed up!

Posted by: thebobbob | February 23, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are now concerned about the deficit? O.K, what is their plan to deal with the current and future fiscal crisis? They are quick to attack any plan Obama presents, and then roll out a “better” plan that invariably consists of tax cuts for business and the wealthy. If they have a better plan let’s see it now. They constantly complain about the amount of “water in the boat” but will not help bail it out. Only complain about the color of the bucket being used. Given a choice between Tax and Spend (Dems) and Borrow and spend (GOP), I’ll take tax and spend every time. If that was our mantra while the GOP was ranting “Deficits don’t matter”, we would not be in this mess.
Of course the dirt ignorant, unwashed republican masses are upset. They’ve been subjected to a constant negative critique of the stimulus bills on Rush and Fox, the only media the watch. If you really want to know how Repubs think watch the HBO special “Right in America”. If it doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will.

Posted by: GabsDaD | February 23, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

The republicans presided over the largest government growth in the history of the United States these past eight years. We saw our government go from surplus to deficit spending in a few months. The economic collapse happened under the republicans. The SEC and other agencies responsible for keeping watch on Wall Street and the financial institutions had their eyes closed and no one has been watching the war contractors that have robbed us blind in Iraq. So I think it is a bit late for the republicans on the hill and all those who put Bush in office, not just once, but twice, to start complaining about the deficit. Don't you think President Obama would have preferred to enter office with a surplus like Bush had rather than the deficit he has and the need for further deficit spending just to keep the economy from plunging us even closer to another depression? Do you really think there is any choice at this point? Maybe they should have been more concerned near the end of Bush's first term????

Posted by: alaskan2 | February 23, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

When will some people understand, that Bush did not create the crisis we're in. He created deficit, but that has NOTHING to do with stupid people failing to pay their "too big for them" mortgages, CEO's paying themselves millions of dollars in bonuses while their companies were losing money and laying people off and auto makers paying people $30-40-50/hr for assembly work and sending their laid off employees to job banks paying them big bucks for doing nothing. It was the GOP and Bush in 2005 who wanted to regulate the deregulated by Democrats market, but the Democrats like Barnie Frank assured the American people that the market is doing great and it does not need to be regulated. We can blame the Democrats for this and the Republicans for that, but the sad truth is that the people failed the capitalism, and now, the capitalism is paying them back. Looking for someone to blame is nothing else than trying to escape the responsibility for dishonesty, greed and stupidity.

Posted by: jmk55 | February 23, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The same republicans who stood by and watched Bush & Cheney run up the highest deficit in our history, express alarm now that Democrats are in power?

After signing off on everything the past administration did to drive our country into a near-depression", these republicans ought to be run out of town on a rail.

Voting them out in 2010 will suffice. Their political game-playing and obstructionism will ensure their demise.

How bad is their judgment? They don't even see this coming.

Posted by: caroll1 | February 23, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

This is the same old thing the RNC is concerned that their big folks will not get the bulk of this.They said not a work when we were giving their friends 700 billion it went to the owners of the banks to pass out as bonuses, the car companies to give out as bonus to themselves.Now this is tended toward the lower income (which I will not qualify) and the RNC have their shorts all wadded up and are upset.
I do have worries, as obama will not cut the, big tax cut off now why does he wish to wait until 10 instead of 09. This is insane the rich are fleecing our country & the poor is paying for their fleecing.It is time the tax cuts to be reversed and let the folks who have reaped 10 of billion of dollars plus hide 10 of billions off shore pay. I am sick of them getting on TV and saying they will refuse the monies as it will be costing their grand children and greatgrandchildren (BTW they can send it to me I will pay some of my bills) ( the problem here is they know how to hide it but their moronic kids might not) where in the hell have they been for th epast 8 years when gw gave out billions and no worry. This is beyond the average man. Frank Bowers

Posted by: arnoldbowers1 | February 23, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

After emitting nary a peep while BushCo was running up $10.35 TRILLION in new debt and obligations, the Republican rubes and goobers are only now concerned about deficits?

Typical.

Their willful ignorance about BushCo goes hand-in-hand with their ignorance about Reagan and 'Reaganomics.'

How many of these goobers are aware that Reagan tripled the National Debt and took America from being the world's leading creditor nation to being the world's leading debtor nation?

Precious few, if any.

They prefer to bask in the Reagan myth -- even willfully ignoring the fact that Reagan granted amnesty to three million illegal aliens.

Posted by: pali2500 | February 23, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

"Seems like everyone chiming in here has forgotten that nearly half of us are GOP" - posted by freemarketer.

____________________________________

Not true.

According to Pew Research Center, only 27% of registered voters are self-identified Republicans.

You make other assumptions which aren't supported by fact. For example:

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?"

Approve, 80%

[Gallup Poll. Feb. 9-12, 2009.]

BTW, there is no such thing as a "free-market economy."

Posted by: pali2500 | February 23, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

thing about losing one's religion and then finding it again is that you lose your credibility. At least that is what it looks like from this former Republican, mugged by reality.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | February 23, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Before you call people stupid, perhaps you should realize how many folks were led into mortgages without being told the realities of an ARM and the other non-fixed rates mortgages that many of those mortgage lenders were pushing. I have read/heard several statements from some of those who were doing just that at the behest of their employer. Many people got into mortgages without a full understanding of the process or the pitfalls; they only know what they can pay and what they are assured by those who get them to sign on the dotted line. Agents and lenders were not being responsible or ethical in getting many folks into homes they should not have. Most people did not go into those homes thinking they were getting in over their heads because they were not led to believe that. Many of the homeowners who have been foreclosed on are devastated; their American dream is in tatters around their feet. Those who bought to flip are harder to have sympathy for, but for so many, they had no idea this could happen and those who helped to get them into the situation were nowhere to be found. And before you start in saying it is their responsibility to know before they sign, how many people totally understand everything before they sign it? If they did, we wouldn’t have so many lawsuits and court fights after the fact. Some people should try to find a bit of sympathy somewhere down in the deep dark recesses of their hearts for the real human suffering.

As far as the CEO's and their outrageous salaries, I have protested that for years. Ever since Reagan's "trickle down" economics, when he insisted that paying people at the top would benefit those at the bottom, salaries have ballooned for those at the top while all along there has been a huge dam somewhere in between, because the money never gets to the bottom. Minimum wage has for the most part stayed pretty stagnant except for occasional hard fought bumps up, and the gaps between the haves and have not’s has widened more and more each year. And Bush must accept some of the blame ‘cause he continued on the same principles and kept giving more back to the wealthiest while not effectively easing the burden on those who could not afford to even buy gas. He said he wouldn't sign off on the first stimulus if it included caps of CEO pay. He appointed ineffective people to posts throughout government and had them running interference on effective policy. They wouldn’t let scientists be scientists and didn’t listen to whistleblowers that tried to sound alarms. He didn’t end up 36th out of 42 presidents by accident.

Posted by: alaskan2 | February 23, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

My previous comment was directed at jmk55.

Posted by: alaskan2 | February 23, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

It is unfortunate that the GOP, which used to be a party of fiscal responsibility and a true love of country has put all of that behind them. Now, it is simply all about trying to regain power, lost, squandered, and dissipated as a result of becoming a party of lemmings, for 8 years whatever Bush/Cheney wanted, they dove over the cliffs, questioning nothing. The GOP, now the NLP (National Lemming Party of America), has offered nothing, no constructive solutions to rebuild what they have destroyed over the past 8 years. Instead, they get "Joe the Plumber and the same old tired neocon pundits in a strategy session, singing in unison their same tired, worn out song, -more tax cuts. Get a grip! Bush gave billions to the financial institutions which he, and the NLP/GOP failed to regulate, despite repeated warnings over the past 3 years. Now those same institutions are are hording that bailout money, passing it out as bonuses, or buying other banks. Let me see, what will Corporate America do with more tax cuts? Nothing! It would simply be more "business as usual"! NLP/GOP--get a grip, get on board, get with the program, and start working for America. Don't contiune to be just like another GOP/LPA Elder statesman, and pray: "HOPE HE FAILS!"

Unfortunately, this will not happen. The GOP/LPA mantra will not change-- The Party first, ourselves second, our fiends and donor's third,and Country last. No solutions, no suggestions, no support, just "how can we attack Obama and the Democarats, and get back in power" How can the GOP, a party that was once so great, sink to such depths, and act as though they are motivated only by greed and a desire be restored to power?
Look at the past 8 years, Lies to get in the Iraq war, Torture, destruction of the American International reputation, Firings of Assistant Attorney Generals, Failure to regulate Banking institutions, Katrina disaster relief, and our final economic meltdown, caused by Bush/Cheney policies, and lack of regulation, for political reasons, leaving us with inconceivable budget deficits. America is supposed to want more of that? All hail the National Lemming Party of America!!!!!!!!!!

Someone in the wreckage of what is left of the NLP/GOP, please step up, and put America First in their politics, policies, and actions, not just their words.

Posted by: atc333 | February 24, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

It is unfortunate that the GOP, which used to be a party of fiscal responsibility and a true love of country has put all of that behind them. Now, it is simply all about trying to regain power, lost, squandered, and dissipated as a result of becoming a party of lemmings, for 8 years whatever Bush/Cheney wanted, they dove over the cliffs, questioning nothing. The GOP, now the NLP (National Lemming Party of America), has offered nothing, no constructive solutions to rebuild what they have destroyed over the past 8 years. Instead, they get "Joe the Plumber and the same old tired neocon pundits in a strategy session, singing in unison their same tired, worn out song, -more tax cuts. Get a grip! Bush gave billions to the financial institutions which he, and the NLP/GOP failed to regulate, despite repeated warnings over the past 3 years. Now those same institutions are are hording that bailout money, passing it out as bonuses, or buying other banks. Let me see, what will Corporate America do with more tax cuts? Nothing! It would simply be more "business as usual"! NLP/GOP--get a grip, get on board, get with the program, and start working for America. Don't contiune to be just like another GOP/LPA Elder statesman, and pray: "HOPE HE FAILS!"

Unfortunately, this will not happen. The GOP/LPA mantra will not change-- The Party first, ourselves second, our fiends and donor's third,and Country last. No solutions, no suggestions, no support, just "how can we attack Obama and the Democarats, and get back in power" How can the GOP, a party that was once so great, sink to such depths, and act as though they are motivated only by greed and a desire be restored to power?
Look at the past 8 years, Lies to get in the Iraq war, Torture, destruction of the American International reputation, Firings of Assistant Attorney Generals, Failure to regulate Banking institutions, Katrina disaster relief, and our final economic meltdown, caused by Bush/Cheney policies, and lack of regulation, for political reasons, leaving us with inconceivable budget deficits. America is supposed to want more of that? All hail the National Lemming Party of America!!!!!!!!!!

Someone in the wreckage of what is left of the NLP/GOP, please step up, and put America First in their politics, policies, and actions, not just their words.

Posted by: atc333 | February 24, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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