The Republican National Committee on Wednesday released a video imploring Democrats to face up to the reality of the U.S.’ spending problem.
“The first step to fixing a problem is to admit you have one,” the video claims:
It’s no secret that top Democrats are comfortable with the current levels of government spending. Indeed, several of them have proudly disputed claims that, as Ronald Reagan once said, the government spends like a drunken sailor.
“At one point several weeks ago,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told the Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore, “the president said to me, ‘We don’t have a spending problem.’”
“We have to make a judgment about what — how do we get growth with jobs?” Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during on Fox News interview. “That’s where the revenue comes from … So, it isn’t as much a spending problem as it is a priorities [problem], and that is what the budget is, setting priorities.”
“First of all, I want to disagree with those who say we have a spending problem. Everyone keeps saying we have a spending problem,” said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA). “Is it a spending problem? No, it’s because we have a misallocation of capital, a misallocation of wealth.”
“Does the country have a — the country has a paying-for problem,” Rep. Stenny Hoyer (D-Md.) said during a testy exchange on CNBC. “We haven’t paid for what we’ve bought.”
But, you see, there might actually be a little spending problem:
Now, to be clear, the explosion in spending isn’t a red or blue problem. Indeed, there’s enough blame to go around. But it’s probably best if, you know, everyone’s on the same page.
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