A Deficit Hawk?

So-called deficit hawk Judd Gregg, who now apparently opposes President Obama's budget, says doesn't like the current level of debt in the country.

The United States wouldn't even be eligible to enter the European Union if it wanted to because of its debt levels, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) claimed Thursday.

"We won't even be able to get into the EU if we wanted to," Gregg said this morning on MSNBC, "because our government is so large and so huge."

Given that Gregg dislikes deficits and big spending so much, presumably he opposed the 2001 tax cuts, which added at least $1.6 trillion to the national debt, right? Wrong. Or how about George W. Bush's Medicare prescription drug program, which costs hundreds of billions of dollars. Gregg voted that one down, too, no? No. How about the Iraq War, which has already cost $860 billion, and will eventually cost trillions more. Gregg had to have voted against that. But he didn't. Time and time again over the last eight years. Gregg voted to increase the debt he now purports to decry.

The establishment media may be willing to play into Gregg's games, labeling him a hawk on deficits. In reality, though, Gregg isn't a deficit hawk -- he's just a politician using the rhetoric of deficit hawks to try to oppose President Obama's much-needed economic, healthcare-related and energy-related reforms (which, I might add, he didn't do in the case of unneeded initiatives by the previous President).

Tags: Deficits, Judd Gregg (all tags)

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Re: A Deficit Hawk?

Remind me again why Obama asked him to be on his cabinet. I really can't shake that & it worries me that the administration is vulnerable to doing things that shouldn't be done in the spirit of being bipartisan.

And before everyone gets on me - I'm not concern troll - check my history. It is a valid question that I have.

by jrsygrl 2009-03-27 07:46AM | 0 recs
Re: A Deficit Hawk?

Harry Reid floated the name and apparently Gregg acted like he would be supportive of the president's policies. I am not against Republicans if the Cabinet as an idea. LaHood is doing a great job and he is a good person to bring out to slap down GOP hypocrisy.

But Gregg comes across as such a grump. He is hardly better than McCain so I welcome the GOP using him as one of their faces. He is just as big of a hypocrite as the rest of them.

by Lolis 2009-03-27 08:35AM | 0 recs
Re: A Deficit Hawk?

I still don't understand why they weren't more skeptical of him to begin with; hell I was & I'm not even there!

by jrsygrl 2009-03-28 08:28AM | 0 recs
Senator Voinovich too

Senator Voinovich (R-OH) also calls himself a deficit hawk, but he voted for all three of these extremely expensive measures as well. Voinovich seems to only be a deficit hawk when social spending is concerned. He only seems to want to stop spending that would actually do something useful for most Americans.

by RandomNonviolence 2009-03-27 07:54AM | 0 recs
Just charter members of the Party of No

No Plans, No Ideas, No Clue, No Future.

by WashStateBlue 2009-03-27 08:08AM | 0 recs
get into the EU?

what a bizarre comment for him to make.

I know he is talking about the deficit, but why in the world does the US getting into EU even enter his mind?  Who in the world is even remotely thinking about that?

bizarre.

by d 2009-03-27 08:31AM | 0 recs
Re: get into the EU?

Maybe Michele Bachman needs to write a law that says the US GOP cannot apply for the US to join the EU.

by Lolis 2009-03-27 08:36AM | 0 recs
especially after

They bitched and moaned about an imaginary plot to make a world currency, and now he's complaining we can't join the Euro.

by John DE 2009-03-27 09:03AM | 0 recs

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