Sunday, January 25, 2015

Did he really say that?

John Kasich Compares Federal Debt To A Burning Rome, Says Republicans Share Blame

Shahien Nasiripour
Posted: 01/25/2015 12:23 pm

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Sunday compared the growing federal debt to the so-called great fire of Rome, appearing to lament what he perceives as a lack of action by policymakers to reduce government spending.

The U.S. government’s total debt in December surpassed $18 trillion, according to the Department of the Treasury. Kasich, a Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender, said his fellow party members shared the blame.

“We’re fiddling around while Rome burns,” Kasich said on "Fox News Sunday," referring to the blaze in A.D. 64 that spawned the popular legend that Roman leader Nero played a fiddle while most of the city was destroyed.

Kasich led the House Budget Committee during the latter years of former President Bill Clinton's administration, when Democrats and Republicans, buoyed by the technology revolution of the 1990s, were able to find agreement on spending issues to produce budget surpluses that in late 2000 led the Clinton administration to project a $5 trillion cumulative budget surplus during the 10 fiscal years beginning in October 2001.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Tom Koch said...

It appears that Gov. Kasich is a statesmen. We need more statesmen and fewer politicians.

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, we need more Democrats and fewer Republicans. Let's take a ride in the way back machine:

"Look, we've got the biggest surpluses in all of American history. The key question that has to be answered in this election is will we use that prosperity wisely in a way that benefits all of our people and doesn't go just to the few. Almost half of all the tax cut benefits, as I said under Governor Bush's plan, go to the wealthiest 1%. I think we have to make the right and responsible choices... I believe it's important to resist the temptation to squander our surplus." -- GORE

"There is a difference of opinion. My opponent thinks the government -- the surplus is the government's money... Let me just say that obviously tonight we're going to hear some phony numbers about what I think and what we ought to do. People need to know that over the next ten years it is going to be $25 trillion of revenue that comes into our treasurey and we anticipate spending $21 trillion. And my plan say why don't we pass 1.3 trillion of that back to the people who pay the bills?" -- BUSH

From the presidential debate October 3, 2000

1:25 PM  
Blogger Tom Koch said...

I stand by my comment. We need fewer politicians.

7:16 PM  

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