Headed For European Socialism?

That’s what Senator Mitch McConnell says will happen if we pass the Porkapalooza.  He also tries to put into perspective Obama’s charge that the national debt doubled under George Bush. Says McConnell, increased spending for sure … but as a percentage of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product … nothing like what we are about to see.


BTW …. here’s the Obama bite from last night.


No question … the Republicans couldn’t control spending, no question debt rose … no question … you ain’t seen nothing yet.

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Jim Vicevich

Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. davis on February 10, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Well? Did the national debt double under Bush or not? Don’t hide behind the percentage of GDP.

  2. theignorantfisherman on February 10, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Obama and the Dem’s tripled our nation debt in just three weeks..what will the next 4 years look like….most likely like the Pyramids ruins of Eygpt.

  3. Dimsdale on February 10, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Headed?? The fog is there (media coverage), the iceberg is there (the crushing tax burden on our economy), and we are all sailing full steam ahead on the Titanic!? Your captain: president Obama, PBUH.

    And sure, the debt doubled under Bush.? Now that doubling will be tripled under Obama.? At minimum.? And Bush effectively won the war in Iraq.? Afghanistan will be Obama’s Iraq.? Add to that his social engineering plans, and we should all be in little Mao suits clutching copies of the “Audacity of Hope” in our sweaty hands.

    I can hardly keep the bile down.

  4. davis on February 11, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Dimsdale keeping the bile down? Does not seem that way to me.

  5. gillie28 on February 11, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Here’s a link to the national debt, current and historical (or should that be “hysterical”?):

    The website constantly updates the national debt and gives charts and data concerning it.? Here are some interesting, and pertinent, extracts from it:
    National Debt Clocks and Savings Clocks


    The debt’s a problem, but we fixed a worse one before!

    Truman, Ike, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Carter wiped out most of the World War II debt. ?
    Two parts of the federal government are running big surpluses.
    We hit a 53-year high for debt as a percent of the economy (GDP).

    The eye-popping $10 trillion gross national debt is owed by the “General Fund.” That’s the part funded by our income taxes. Half of that goes for the military and to pay interest on the debt. Fortunately, two huge parts of the budget, Social Security and Medicare, are running huge surpluses.Take a look.

    One thing the democrats never mention is that Bush had to fund TWO wars – no easy economical feat.? I think he compromised a lot of his fiscul ideals in order to get approval for the funding he needed for Afghanistan and Iraq.? It was a trade-off.

    The website referenced above has a lot of fascinating information and is recommended for anyone interested in the subject.
    God bless,

  6. GaryInSoGlast on February 11, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I hate what these childish morons are turning us into. ?We so willingly become what so many people have died to keep us from. ?Now, our Republican friends are speaking up and saying this is wrong. ?WHERE HAVE THEY BEEN? ?It doesn’t help to tell us that having a huge government is bad. ?Conservatives like me have always known that. ?We needed them to lead when they were in power. ?Leading now that they don’t have any power is just stupid and useless. ?Thanks for nothing. ?Maybe you should have stuck with your conservative base in the first place.

  7. Wayne SW on February 11, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Check out Iacocca’s view of the world, and the U.S. in particular!?
    Remember Lee? Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes?? He’s now 82 years old and has a new book, ‘Where Have All The Leaders Gone?’.?

    Lee IacoccaSays:?
    ‘Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder! We’ve got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, ‘Stay the course.’

    Stay the course? You’ve got to be kidding. This is America , not the damned, ‘Titanic’. I’ll give you a sound bite: ‘Throw all the bums out!’? You might think I’m getting senile, that I’ve gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore.

    The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we’re fiddling in? Iraq , the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving ‘pom-poms’ instead of asking hard questions. That’s not the promise of the ‘ America ‘ my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I’ve had enough. How about you??
    I’ll go a step further. You can’t call yourself a patriot if you’re not outraged. This is a fight I’m ready and willing to have. The Biggest ‘C’ is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C’s of leadership, with crisis being the first.)

    Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It’s easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory. Or send someone else’s kids off to war when you’ve never seen a battlefield yourself. It’s another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

    On September 11, 2001, we needed a? strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. A hell of a mess, so here’s where we stand.
    We’re immersed in a bloody war with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving.?
    We’re running the biggest deficit in the history of the country.?
    We’re losing the manufacturing edge to Asia , while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs.?
    Gas prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power has a coherent energy policy. Our schools are in trouble.?
    Our borders are like sieves.?
    The middle class is being squeezed every which way.?
    These are times that cry out for leadership.
    But when you look around, you’ve got to ask: ‘Where have all the leaders gone?’ Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the? point.
    Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo?
    We’ve spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened.

    Name me one leader who emerged from the crisis of Hurricane Katrina. Congress has yet to spend a single day evaluating the response to the hurricane or demanding accountability for the decisions that were made in the crucial hours after the storm.?
    Everyone’s hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping it doesn’t happen again. Now, that’s just crazy. Storms happen. Deal with it. Make a plan. Figure out what you’re going to do the next time.

    Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when ‘The Big Three’ referred to Japanese car companies? How did this happen, and more important, what are we going to do about it?

    Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debit, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem. The silence is deafening.. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.?

    I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn’t elect you to sit on your asses and do nothing and remain silent while our democracy is being hijacked and our greatness is being replaced with mediocrity. What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on Fox News will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don’t you guys show some spine for a change?

    Had Enough? Hey, I’m not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here.? I’m trying to light a fire. I’m speaking out because I have hope – I believe in America . In my lifetime, I’ve had the privilege of living through some of? America ‘s greatest moments. I’ve also experienced some of our worst crises: The ‘Great Depression,’ ‘World War? II,’ the ‘Korean War,’ the ‘Kennedy Assassination,’ the ‘Vietnam War,’ the 1970’s oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years culminating with 9/11.

    If I’ve learned one thing, it’s this: ‘You don’t get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action. Whether it’s building a better car or building a better future for our children, we all have a role to play. That’s the challenge I’m raising in this book. It’s a “Call to Action” for people who, like me, believe in America ‘. It’s not too late, but it’s getting pretty close. So let’s shake off the crap and go to work. Let’s tell ’em all we’ve had ‘enough.’

    Make your own contribution by sending this to everyone you know and care about. It’s our country, folks, and it’s our future. Our future is at stake!!? Then go out and buy his book.

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