Goodlatte’s shameless hypocrisy

Sixth District Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte has sent his constituents an email noting that the national debt has reached $16 trillion and placing the blame squarely on President Obama. He writes:

This massive debt is a problem that must be addressed now, not further down the road. Just like families in the Sixth District, America must live within its means. That means balancing the budget, making meaningful spending cuts, and restoring economic growth.

My first act of the 112th Congress was to introduce a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. This legislation, which continues to have significant bipartisan support, ensures that the federal government is held accountable and that the money you work hard to earn is not squandered on wasteful spending. I remain committed to pushing this legislation as a real common sense solution to curb America’s growing debt and ensure the future growth of our economy. The Senate and the president should join the House of Representatives in working to get our fiscal house in order. We can do better.

But here’s the thing about Goodlatte: his vaunted fiscal conservatism only seems to kick in when a Democrat happens to be president.

Goodlatte’s votes in Congress– along with those of other Republicans– helped turn the budget surplus that George W. Bush inherited from Bill Clinton in 2001 into the huge budget deficit that Barack Obama inherited from Bush in 2009.

While supporting Bush’s tax cuts, which cost the Treasury $1.8 trillion in the first eight years, Goodlatte also voted for the president’s unfunded Medicare prescription drug program ($272 billion through 2011), as well as the hugely expensive and unfunded wars in Afghanistan and Iraq ($1.26 trillion through 2011).

For Goodlatte, introducing a balanced budget amendment is like saying, “Stop me before I slash hundreds of billions in revenue and spend hundreds of billions we don’t have again.”

1 Response to “Goodlatte’s shameless hypocrisy”


  1. 1 vabelle September 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    His hypocrisy is not surprising; I don’t expect anything else from any of the current crop of Republicans in Congress.
    But his balanced budget amendment is something else again. It never made sense — not 40yrs ago, and not now; not when Democrats proposed it, and not when Republicans did. For that reason, and because Constitutional amendments have a very high barrier to clear (thankfully), it’s most unlikely to pass, ever. Goodlatte’s bragging about his support for it is nonsense; he only does it because he knows he’s safe from the consequences. At the same time, his constant nattering about it reminds me of Cato the Elder’s obsession with Carthage (Carthago delenda est); it sounds just a tad… nutty, shall I say?


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