Mark Knoller of CBS News writes, “With no fanfare and little notice, the national debt has grown by more than $4 trillion during George W. Bush’s presidency.”
“On the day President Bush took office, the national debt stood at $5.727 trillion. The latest number from the Treasury Department shows the national debt now stands at more than $9.849 trillion. That’s a 71.9 percent increase on Mr. Bush’s watch.”
“The bailout plan now pending in Congress could add hundreds of billions of dollars to the national debt -– though President Bush said this morning he expects that over time, “much if not all” of the bailout money “will be paid back.””
“But the government is taking no chances. Buried deep in the hundred pages of bailout legislation is a provision that would raise the statutory ceiling on the national debt to $11.315 trillion. It’ll be the 7th time the debt limit has been raised during this administration. In fact it was just two months ago, on July 30, that President Bush signed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, which contained a provision raising the debt ceiling to $10.615 trillion.”
“A couple of weeks after he took office, President Bush addressed the Republican Congressional Retreat in Williamsburg and declared that his budget ‘pays down the national debt’. In recent years, President Bush almost never mentions the national debt.”
The Republican Liberty Caucus has issued a strong press release AGAINST the bailout.