“I came to the House as a real deficit hawk, but I am no longer a deficit hawk,” said Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.).“I’ll tell you why. I had to spend the surpluses. Deficits make it easier to say no.”<quoted text>
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Governorship of Mitt Romney
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Mitt Romney, 2003–2007 Governor of Massachusetts. Official portrait.
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Mitt Romney was sworn in as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts on January 2, 2003, along with Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey. Romney's term ended on January 4, 2007; he chose not to run for re-election.
Sounds like Mitt had to make some hard decisions and he did, too bad Obama's only plan is bankrupting us and expanding the welfare state.
May 18, 2011 1:05 PM‘Deficits make it easier to say no’
The recent history has largely been forgotten, but when the Bush era began 10 years ago, there was no deficit. Clinton had bequeathed a large surplus and had already begun paying off the national debt. Projections showed that the debt was on track to be paid off entirely — for the first time in nearly two centuries — in roughly a decade.
But that was before Republicans decided they “had to spend the surpluses.” Deficits weren’t an accidental outcome of a misguided policy; they were a deliberate choice. GOP officials feared that the existence of surpluses would lead Democrats to want to invest in public services and national priorities, and Republicans would have trouble saying,“We can’t afford it,” when in fact, they could afford it.
So, Republicans created a fiscal mess on purpose.