Is opposition to 1.6 trillion dollar deficits rooted in racism?

Consider this video of Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee.

Fox News explains. (H/T The Other McCain)


Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, suggested during a House floor speech Friday that raising the debt ceiling was being held up by members of Congress because President Obama is black.

“Only this president–only this one–only this one has received the kind of attacks and disagreements and inability to work,” she said. “Only this one. Read between the lines.”

“What is different about this president that should put him in a position that he should not receive the same kind of respectful treatment of when it is necessary to raise the debt limit in order to pay our bills?” she added.

A member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Jackson Lee said the debt limit was raised many times under previous Democratic and Republican presidents. “In the minority community that is the question that is being raised. Why is this president being treated so disrespectfully?”

[…]Towards the end of her speech, Jackson Lee said she hoped that race was not getting in the way of solving the debt crisis.

“I cannot imagine coming this far in my life, that of my children’s life and that of others to come to a point where we would use the uniqueness and the difference of this president to treat him differently. If that is not getting in our way, then there’s no reason why we can’t come together and solve this problem,” she said.

Stacy McCain points out that Sheila Jackson-Lee voted against the debt ceiling increase when George W. Bush was President:

To the sin of racial demagoguery, Jackson-Lee adds also blatant hypocrisy because (as Don Surber reminds usshe voted against raising the debt ceiling when Bush was president. And y’know who else voted against raising the debt ceiling during the Bush administration?

If it’s racism to vote against debt ceiling increases, then that makes Sheila Jackson-Lee a racist. Actually, making distinctions about race at all is racist. Which means that the people on the left who keep making these distinctions are racists. The left is obsessed with dividing people along racial lines.

3 thoughts on “Is opposition to 1.6 trillion dollar deficits rooted in racism?”

  1. PC run amok. I know in the senate when Bush was president it was a pure party line vote – all of the dems voted against raising it while all of the reds voted for it. I think both parties want to use it as a means to push their own agendas…but at some point, I would hope that one or both sides would stop and think – man, it’s over 14 trillion, should we make some policy changes or just biz as usual?

    The only nice thing about everyone misusing racism (WK included) is it lessens it’s meaning and I think that is a good thing. If everything everyone ever does is racist, then racism loses it’s meaning and then maybe we can move on to productive talk.


    1. Jerry, I think that expanding the debt ceiling on a steadily shrinking 160 billion deficit and 6 trillion debt is one thing. Expanding it on a rapidly expanding 1.6 trillion deficit and 15 trillion debt is something else. The trend is bad. Stop being such a meany.


      1. I think you may have misunderstood what I wrote (or I just wrote it very poorly) – I agree with what the GOP is doing. One side or the other rarely has such a chance as now to push through such major reforms or changes. I like what they’re doing…unless this post of yours was meant for the “Bush tax cuts led…” which I’m thinking it was. I also agree that Rep. Jackson is being ridiculous in her racism accusations when she herself did the same thing with Bush.


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