Obama is mainly responsible for the 17 trillion dollar debt
It is my pleasure to be debating Logan94. While this debate does not have much to talk about, I still hope for a great discussion.
My opponent is false in saying that Obama is not the main reason for the debt. Under Obama, the national debt has grown by more than $6 trillion in four years, the largest increase under any president in U.S. history. By comparison, Under President George W. Bush, the debt grew $4.9 trillion in 8 years. Much of the national debt comes from Obama. None of the other presidents have had caused this much debt. If he didn't cause the debt, then who did?
The constitution will be my main piece of evidence for this debate. I believe congress to be responsible for the 17 trillion dollar debt
Article 1, Section 8.1: "Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes,duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts. and provide for the common defense and general welfare."
This shows that congress is the body of power that is responsible to pay the debt in the United States
Article 1, Section 8.2: Congress shall have the power "to borrow money on the credit of the United States"
This shows that congress is also the body of power responsible for borrowing money
The president of the United States has no power when it comes to national debt, therefore president Obama can not be blamed. The presidency has often become the scapegoat for the problems that congress is actually responsible for. So the debt did accumulate in the years which Obama was president, but he did not borrow any money, congress did
Yes the moving of troops to Afghanistan was costly to the United States, and yes President Obama did use executive powers to move troops into Afghanistan, but that does not mean that the money for the war had to be borrowed from other countries, we could have paid for it. Also, after 90 days of conflict without war being declared congress has to approve the actions taken by the president by a vote. This means that congress never ended the Afghanistan war either. It is there responsibility to borrow money and if the war was costing to much they should have ended it. This is congresses responsibility not the presidents.
I understand my opponent's point of view, and yes, it is Congress' decision to approve the president's idea. I must make a few objections. If Obama never mentioned for the troops to go to Afghanistan, then they wouldn't have gone into the debt either. Also, Obama plans to take his troops back in 2014. Congress can't do anything without the president's approval either. His cabinet also assists his decision. However, the final decision ultimately rests with him.
Congress cannot do things without the president's permission. The president can veto the Congress' decision. In some rare cases, Congress can over rule the president, but that has never happened since George W. Bush was president. Obama has never gotten overrode in the 4 years he has been president. The president must approve of things from the Congress, so it is mainly Obama' s decision, and this is why Obama is responsible for most of the 17.4 trillion dollar debt.
First of all, Obama has failed to convince Congress to enact some of his proposed policies — such as higher taxes on the wealthy — that likely would have reduced the deficit and thus kept the debt growing more slowly.
But more to the point, a major factor in the debt explosion has been the decline in government revenues because of the recession. One could argue — and Romney might — that the laggard recovery is the result of Obama’s policies and thus he should also get all of the blame for the decline in revenues. But the chart below shows that the decline in revenues (the red line) began at start of the recession — a year before Obama took office.
The chart also shows an explosion of spending (blue line) began at the start of the recession — that is the result of automatic stabilizers such as unemployment insurance kicking in. The spending kept going up, and a good chunk of that is Obama’s responsibility. Still, as the chart shows, it is not such a simple answer to pin this all on Obama’s “policies.” “President Obama has both increased non-defense discretionary spending and failed to propose any serious reforms to entitlement spending.” Fehrnstrom, a reporter, said.
I have also noticed that my opponent doesn't have any sources, so I can't confirm whether his statements are true or not.