A Deficit Hawk?
by Jonathan Singer, Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 07:44:20 AM EDT
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).