Why didn't the GOP controlled Congress Pass the Balance Budget Amendment When Bush was in Office?

In years Under the Bush Administration they could have passed this Amendment.

Why didn't They???

Why all of a sudden when Obama comes President do they want to pass it??

Plz Explain???

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  • 9 years ago
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    Never pass anything when you're in power that might come back to bite you in the azz. You save it for when the other guys are in power to make them look bad. That is rule 17c in the Book of Partisan Politics.

  • 9 years ago

    Because it isn't actually a good idea. The Bush administration wasn't dominated by the extremist deficit hawk end of the Republican party. In fact, they had the opposite problem, they ignored the deficit far too much. During good economic times, as we had in early 2001 and 2005-2007, for example, paying down the debt is among the biggest goals that the administration should have. During bad economic times, job creation should be number 1 and that, unfortunately, requires deficit spending. Because deficit spending is often necessary, the majority of law-makers, who understand these things, don't want a balanced budget amendment. The ones who advocate for it are demagogues who know it will never pass and are using it as political fodder for a public who doesn't know enough about macro-economics to see the potential problems.

    If you want the easiest argument against the balanced budget amendment, let's look at WWII. If we had a balanced budget amendment, it would have been entirely impossible, absolutely and utterly undoable, for the US to enter the war and fight Hitler. Those kinds of extreme needs can and do arise and the US needs to have the ability to respond to them, regardless of our fiscal situation at the time.

  • 4 years ago

    Could you imagine what kind of situation that would have put their Commander in Chief? All of a sudden he needs to find a way to pay for his two wars, that would have been a disaster if they had passed a balance budget amendment under the Bush administration. That is why they only try with a Democrat as President, it is their attempt at political assassination.

  • 9 years ago

    The left attacked the Bush administration over every little tiny detail, good or bad. Bush could have saved the world and made us all rich and it still wouldn't have pleased the left and they STILL attack even today after all these years. It's time to let it rest and stop the fighting. You seem to have little idea of what this is all about so until you fully realize all the details you should be giving this a rest.

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  • 9 years ago

    It was a different GOP Congress under different leadership. Like him or not, Boehner is much more willing to share and delegate the power than most former leaders

  • 9 years ago

    Hey Glory,,,,, Plz Explain??? why you block people for no good reason.

    I did not insult you or rant. I provided facts, links, and examples, but you cannot handle the truth.

    So go bury your head in the sand in true liberal fashion, because you are not looking for answers.

    Thanks for the block it shows I hit a liberal nerve.

    Jobs Created During Every Recession

    http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-pe...

    obama's Job Creation is Dashing Hope of Economic Rivial

    http://news.yahoo.com/jobs-seen-boosting-hopes-eco...

    obama $860 Billion Stimulus Nets Only 2.4 Million Jobs

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/07/-2...

    $17 BILLION in Unemployment Fraud

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/07/03/national...

    obama Stimulus Included Tax Breaks for Corporate Jets.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/02/18/stimulu...

    Greenspan: $2 TRILLION Stimulus Had Little Effect

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/43598606

    obama Economic Advisor: "We Need More Stimulus"

    http://money.cnn.com/2011/06/13/news/economy/summe...

    obama Shovel ready was not as shovel ready as we expected

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110614/ap_on_go_pr_wh...

    1.9 Million Jobs Lost Since obama Stimulus Was Passed

    http://cnsnews.cloud.clearpathhosting.com/news/art...

    Now hurry up and block me again before you have to face the truth.

  • 9 years ago

    Same reason obama and reid voted not to raise the debt ceiling when Bush was in office.

    obama: "I voted against it, before I was for it".

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/04/ob...

    Harry Reid: "I voted against it, before I was for it".

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/04/harry-rei...

    Why all of a sudden when obama comes President they must raise the debt ceiling??

    Plz Explain???

    Now one more reason could be obama has spend more in 2 years than any president in the history of the United States.

    obama Sets Largest Monthly Deficit Spending in History $223 BILLION

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/mar/7/gov...

    Democrat Senator Berates obama on Spending

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110308/ap_on_bi_ge/us...

    Obama Spends More than Every Previous President

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story...

  • 9 years ago

    Better late than never. America had just been attacked at the beginning of the Bush era and had other priorities.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    They should have. I agree this is inconsistent. A lot of us have been calling for this for many years, including during the Bush years.

  • 9 years ago

    Bush is NOT President!

    Sorry Judson, it seems to fit better than anything I could retort with :).

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