Even in Democratic-heavy 2nd District, Obama stimulus is toxic

HERE’S an indicator of the unpopularity of President Barack Obama’s economic policies even in “yellow dog Democrat” regions: The Democratic candidate in the race to be Oklahoma’s 2nd District congressman is trying to tie his Republican opponent to Obama’s stimulus.

The Oklahoman Editorial Modified: September 21, 2012 at 6:46 am •  Published: September 21, 2012

Wallace is attacking Mullin for opposing policies Wallace wants people to think he opposes, at least when it’s politically convenient. Wallace’s own business activities have drawn scrutiny for more serious reasons than whether federal money paid the tab. During the Democratic primary, Wallace was accused of owing back taxes on nine companies over a period of two decades.

The Wallace campaign said his involvement was only as an attorney, that he was paid at times with part-ownership of a business and quickly sold his share. Still, Wallace’s critique of Mullin’s business dealings amounts to chucking rocks from the porch of a glass house.

More importantly, Wallace and other Democrats act as though Americans can’t criticize federal spending unless they live off the grid in a wholly self-contained environment free of federal influence. They apparently think conservative critics of out-of-control government spending should drive in the ditch to avoid being a “hypocrite” for using a taxpayer-funded road.

Yet Americans have good reason to oppose the federal government’s spending spree. Federal government spending has increased $1 trillion since 2007. The four-year hike in borrowing amounts to $55,000 per household. The federal debt-to-GDP ratio is expected to hit 80.4 percent in two years. That’s unsustainable and a dire threat to future economic prosperity.

Those who would rein in spending, even at their own expense in the short term, are fighting to ensure our children and grandchildren enjoy a better standard of living than we did.

That’s not hypocrisy. It’s commendable.

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