Back when George W. Bush was president, liberals ceaselessly condemned his comparatively mild budget deficits.
When Barack Obama became president and proceeded to compound those deficits, however, they conspicuously went silent.
Recall what candidate Obama had to say about the issue on July 3, 2008. On that date, the most recent deficit on record was a paltry $161 billion. Nevertheless, candidate Obama boldly labeled Bush's fiscal record "unpatriotic":
"The problem is, that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit…
"Insidiously and inadvertently, Barack Obama is alienating the people and moving the country to the right. If he keeps it up, by 2017 it will be a reactionary nation. But, counterintuitive as it seems, that is fine with Obama: Apres nous le deluge. By sheer force of his personality, Obama has managed to lose the Democratic Senate and House. State legislatures and governorships are now predominantly…[more]
—Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist