You Can’t Blame the GOP House for the Democrats’ Massive Spending Since 2007
So from 2007 to 2010 the Democrats had the House and the Senate, then they got the White House, and for two years they had the White House, the House, and the Senate, after two years of total control of Congress. So the Democrats had total control of Congress for four years. Two of those years they also had the White House. Those two years are the first two years of Obama. That’s when all of this deficit spending started. That’s health care, the stimulus, that’s when Obama’s spending took root. And there’s this thing called the baseline in the budget. If you’re new to the program, let me do this very briefly. I’m not gonna bother explaining why to you now, just accept this ’cause I’m stuck for time here. Every year of the federal budget item by item automatically is slated to go up by a certain percentage. I don’t know what it is ’cause it changes from department to department, but it’s not based on any previous year’s spending.
There’s a built-in increase every year regardless whether the department in question needs it or not, which is why at the end of every budget year you’ll see advertisements for food stamps from the agriculture department. They want to make sure that they get or have a reason to get more money. Anyway, it doesn’t really matter because they’re gonna get it anyway. The baseline could be as high as 10% in some departments. It could be as high as 3% in others. So let’s say the Department of Defense, just to pick one here, say the baseline increase for a particular year is scheduled to go up 8% because that’s what the law has been written by the previous Congress. And let’s say defense spending only goes up 4%. That’s when the Democrats start talking about cuts. Even though the increase was 4% instead of ten, they call that a cut when it’s a 4% increase.
Every year the federal budget is slated to grow by a minimum of 3% to 5%. How did that happen? Look at the stimulus. Obama’s stimulus of $800 billion, basically, raised the baseline of federal spending just in that one piece of legislation by $800 billion. Once it’s spent, it has to be spent every year again. Now, maybe not the same way. There hasn’t been a second stimulus of that size, but it still gets spent. It’s etched in stone into the budget. So the Democrats have been in charge of the Senate from 2007. They were in charge of the House and Senate from 2007 through 2010. In 2009 and 2010, Obama was president. And even now the Democrats control the Senate and the White House, and no law can be passed without the approval from both those bodies. The Republicans controlling the House can’t stop anything.