Why Has the Left Forgotten About the Deficit? by Gregory Hilton

The winner of Moveon.org’s 2004 “Bush in 30 Seconds” contest was a spot focused on the evils of the budget deficit. The deficit this year is $1.8 trillion, which is more than 10 times bigger than two years ago. It has gone from 3.2% of GDP to 13.1%, twice the post-World War II record of 6%. Unlike the WW II surge it is not temporary.
The deficit was Moveon.org’s top issue in 2004 but now they ignore it as they promote the Obama agenda. This is the same organization that ran a full page ad in the New York Times accusing General David Petraeus of cooking the books on Iraq and claimed the troop surge was a failure. They were later criticized by Democratic Senators Joe Biden, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton.
As Mrs. Clinton noted, “MoveOn didn’t even want us to go into Afghanistan. I mean, that’s what we’re dealing with.” On another occasion she said, “They are very driven by their view of our positions, and it’s primarily national security and foreign policy that drives them. I don’t agree with them. They know I don’t agree with them. So they flood into these caucuses and dominate them and really intimidate people who actually show up to support me.”
The Moveon.org claims are frequently rebutted by http://www.factcheck.org and keep that in mind when you see their new material on health care and cap and trade.

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