Despite the fact that former President of the United States George W. Bush has been out of office since January 20, 2009, current Vice President Joe Biden is blaming him for the deficit the nation still faces.
Yahoo News reports that advisors told him and President Barrack Obama that there was nothing the two of them could do to stop the ballooning deficit passed under president Bush, and therefore the blame is on the former Republican president, not on the Democrat Obama. The national deficit remains a hot topic in the current presidential race between Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
“We were sitting in the oval office, and Larry Summers, the chief economic adviser, and the economic team came in and said ‘Mr. President, looking at this year’s budget you are going to have a trillion dollar deficit.’ (Obama) said, ‘I haven’t done anything yet,’” Biden said. “I’m serious. They said, ‘No, Mr. President, the budget they passed, the budget they passed in October of last year guarantees no matter what you do you’re going to have a trillion dollar debt this year in the budget.’ ”
Nevada Radio station KOH 780 AM reported that Biden blamed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for costing a great deal of money, while blaming Bush for refusing to pay for them.
“Let’s get serious here! How did we get this debt? Ladies and gentlemen, they put two wars on a credit card,” Biden said. “Not paying a penny, not paying a penny, even though I introduced legislation to pay for that war. They voted against it.”
Biden also mocked the GOP energy platform and inferred that Republicans are not serious about paying down the deficit.