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June 16, 2011

Flashback: Was George Bush SENIOR serious about his debt reduction proposal?

First, let's look at today's news, for context.  From CNN:

“'Everybody wants an agreement,' Biden told reporters after a meeting in the Capitol with the bipartisan group of lawmakers and other top Obama administration officials. 'That is sufficiently realistic to get to $4 trillion over a decade or so – in terms of reductions.'"

In light of the never-ending, seemingly annual debt and deficit talks, I did a bit of research into past debt reduction talks.

You may be surprised at what
I found!

From 1992: 

"In a second defeat for the Administration, the Senate killed a Republican amendment striking a provision from the package that would have permanently extended two tax increases for wealthy taxpayers established in the 1990 budget agreement."

Republicans tried to prevent the tax increase on the wealthy from becoming permanent. OK, that's not really a surprise.  But that's not the surprise I was referring to!

Look at what Bush Sr. offered
as his debt reduction proposal:

"...campaign proposal offered by President Bush to permit taxpayers to earmark up to 10 percent of their income tax payment to reducing the national debt."

Yes, you read that right!  Bush Sr. wanted to allow taxpayers to generously,
voluntarily, donate to reduce the national debt!

I bet there would've been a lot of takers for that offer!

As I've
previously written, I still don't think either side actually wants to reduce the national debt.

The current talks, involving the Obama administration, are likely to be theater.  Pure theater.

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