Republican Sen. Hatch: ‘It Was Standard Practice Not to Pay for Things’ Under Bush-GOP Congress

Six years ago, when the Republicans controlled the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government, they rammed through Congress a Medicare prescription drug bill that they paid for by borrowing billions of dollars, presumably from Communist China.

This month, when Democrats in the Senate proposed a health-care overhaul that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office adjudged would pay for itself and require no borrowing, all the Republicans voted against it, including 24 senators — over half the caucus — who voted for the budget-busting Medicare expansion in 2003.

These same Republicans were also onboard for George W. Bush’s tax cut for the wealthy and deficit funding of Bush’s two wars. They also advocated underfunding the regulatory agencies that provided oversight for financial institutions and even the nation’s food supply.

So how do they justify this gigantic — and nonsensical — flip-flop on fiscal responsibility?

Here’s what Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said — in a classic Kinseyan gaffe*:

[When Bush and the GOP controlled the government six years ago] “it was standard practice not to pay for things…We were concerned about it, because it certainly added to the deficit, no question.”

*Michael Kinsey once said that, in Washington, a “gaffe” is when someone inadvertently tells the truth.

8 Responses »

  1. Nikolai December 29, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

    So, what do they have to hide??? They have operated right out in the open under Karl Rove’s “Big Lie” strategy. When someone would say, “What IN HELL are you doing?!,” they would say, “It’s for the good of the country, if you are not with us you are against us!” or some other such nonsense, and they got away with it for EIGHT YEARS. Hell, they’re STILL getting away with it when one considers the TARP funds and what the gov’t did for AIG and AIG did for Goldman-Sachs, etc, etc, etc. It’s a godd*mn republican free-for-all! Sh*t, the dems let it happen, so they really aren’t any better, come to think of it.

  2. majii December 29, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

    They have also been successful in convincing their followers that Obama has spent more in 11 months than all previous presidents put together, and the reason is simple: they own and control the media.

  3. MBrady December 29, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

    Posted by: They have also been successful in convincing their followers that Obama has spent more in 11 months than all previous presidents put together, and the reason is simple: they own and control the media.

    You sir, are an idiot. Since when are CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, WSJ, and any other liberal bias media outlets “controlled by the Republicans?”

    Oh, and make sure you get the quote correct: bam has spent more money in 12 months, than GW Bush did in 8 years.

  4. Jed December 30, 2009 @ 12:34 am

    Quote: MBrady “You sir, are an idiot. Since when are CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, WSJ, and any other liberal bias media outlets “controlled by the Republicans?””

    Before you call someone an idiot, you might want to check your facts. The WSJ is owned by Murdoch. You might remember that he is the owner of a ‘tiny’ lie factory known as FOX News. Then again, it appears that you did not remember. ;)

  5. Lewis December 30, 2009 @ 4:34 am

    MBrady is a dope. He’s one of the many sheep who have heard about ‘the liberal media’ so much that he actually believes it. It’s the favorite boogeyman of the right, and without it they’d have no one to blame their failures on.

  6. Anonymous December 30, 2009 @ 6:16 am

    Bush Nightmare Era was the most embarrassing and damaging on so many levels from money, personal freedom and honesty that this Independent voter can remember.

  7. Donkey Punch December 30, 2009 @ 9:04 am

    It amazes me that Conservative sheeple still believe the lie about “Liberal media”. Show me one major media outlet not run by a corporation. Show me one of these major corporations that isn’t Conservative.

    They consider everything “Liberal” that isn’t outright Conservative propaganda and lies.

  8. SplatterHouse December 30, 2009 @ 11:36 am

    yep, business as usual for the Republican Pigs.

    they know no bounds, and their only Love is money and Wealth. they are the true Enemies of Democracy and Freedom, yet they spout their love of the two constantly.

    kinda’ like the shell game guy on the street. which shell is the money under and he moves them around and around. the money is in his pocket but he dumb smuck who plays doesn’t know that.

    also, the fact that the only place left to get the actual news is online, because no one owns the INTERNET………yet.

    the mainstream news media is all corporate owned and all filtered before it gets sent to the american sheeple. this is the main reason why big business/Banks owns this Nation and its government.

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