Fiscal Watchdogs Snooze Through Petraeus Hearings

How are you going to pay for it? That question has caused more domestic needs to go unmet than any other. Universal health care coverage, more and better teachers, more affordable pre-school and college, safe roads and bridges and many other things remain out-of-reach for the richest nation in the world because we’re continually told “we can’t afford it.”

But listen carefully to hear if that omnipresent question comes up in the Petraeus congressional hearings this week. Why do our leaders and the news media obsess over “how are you going to pay for it’ with every other congressional testifier, but not this one?

That’s particularly surprising because the cost of this war dwarfs other domestic initiatives that we cavalierly dismiss as too expensive. To get a sense of the profound magnitude of the war cost, explore the on-line calculators that show how it is impacting families and communities, both now and into the future.

But, my conservative friends say, the astronomical cost is necessary to keep us safe. They’re absolutely right, IF this war is actually making us more safe. However, since this war has started, we’ve learned that the promised weapons of mass destruction don’t exist. We’ve learned that there was no terrorism collaboration between Saddam and bin Laden. We’ve learned that al-Qadea has gotten stronger since the war, not weaker. And we’ve learned that post-war terrorism has increased compared to pre-war terrorism, rather than decreased.

How are you going to pay for it? It’s a legitimate question when asked of liberals about their proposed federal initiatives. But why isn’t it being asked more often by fiscal watchdogs in the news media and Congress about this federal initiative?

– Loveland

5 thoughts on “Fiscal Watchdogs Snooze Through Petraeus Hearings

  1. Chuck says:

    Forgive me if I need to laugh into my sleeve but for Democrats to suddenly become deficit hawks is a bit much. It’s not even plausible.

    Are you forgetting which branch of government controls the purse strings, which party controls Congress, and which lawmakers approved use of force in Iraq? (oh yeah)

    Conservatives – not Republicans or Democrats – are the only ones who can be indignant about federal spending right now.

    Incidentally, how many terrorist attacks have been launched in America since ’01? Am I the only one to believe that the absence of attacks is a good record?

    It sickens me to think that half his country will be rejoicing when we get attacked again – and it will happen sometime. Just as it did pre-9/11 and pre-Iraq War.

    As much as Hillary and B. Hussein try to pretend they can lead this nation in a volatile world climate, no one is buying their sabre rattling. They’re confused convictionless politicians triangulating for a plurality of votes.

  2. jloveland says:

    I like free-flowing conversations, but rather than simultaneously discussing AIDS, infant mortality, literacy programs, life expectancies triangulation, whether liberals rejoice about their neighbors’ suffering and candidates’ middle names, it might be a more focused discussion if we try to stay relatively near the topic of whether the media and leaders of both parties are doing enough to highlight the cost and opportunity cost the cost of the war.

  3. Ellen says:

    Loveland: Thanks for the sites to check for some facts. Our spending weekly for Iraq war is horrendous but we are “charging” that expense for our children and grandchildren to deal with, no doubt about it.

    And, by the way, Democrats do know how to control deficits. Remember the Clinton administration using a “pay as you go” policy, and leaving a $230-billion SURPLUS, the largest in U.S. history? (It wasn’t a fluke; the Clinton administration had produced a surplus three years in a row, a hat-trick not seen since 1949.)

    Why, we even paid down the federal debt by $360-billion. When Clinton left office in 2000, the debt was $5.7 trillion. What’s it today after 6 years of Bush and a Republican Congress? $9,017,353,380,916.34 as I write this on 13 Sept. 2007 at 10 p.m. But if you check the national debt clock now at the address below, the debt will be higher:

    Visit the U.S. National Debt Clock

    Are you SURE Republicans know how to handle money?

  4. Chuck says:

    Ellen – the surplus happened only because Bubba signed Newt’s ‘Contract with America,’ which contained huge tax cuts – the ones that ignited the economy… and tax revenues.

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