I have a very, VERY neocon friend who I enjoy debating with. The other day we were discussing issues of government spending and taxation, and I brought up many of the disasterous taxation and spending legislation that came about during the era of Bush Jr.
He said that we progressives are wrong to blame Bush for anything related to spending or taxation, because the president doesn't technically spend a dime of public money. The Ways and Means Committee is responsible for that, and that committee is of course controlled by Democrats.
I smell something fishy about this. This stinks of FAUX News to me. I know better than to believe that the infamous "Bush Tax Cuts" were 100% produced by Democrats, but I lack the knowledge to counter this. Are we really wrong to ever hold a president acountable for fiscal issues? Apparently the Dems have been in control of the Ways and Means Committee for decades now, and I can see that the real point my friend's trying to make is that our financial woes are all due to the Democrats!!!
How do I counter this? Could anyone explain how the president's accountable, when it is Congress and especially that committee who make these desicions? SHOULD we be looking more at Congress than the president, regardless of who he is at the time, for blame over our fiscal woes?