Congressman Philip Hare (D-IL 17) just does not understand what all the fuss is about.
… every minute that I have here (Congress) is going to be spent debunking the myth that this country’s in debt and we just can’t spend.
It’s true that Hare is not the only congressman to have made a loony staement. Earlier this year Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA 4) expressed his concern at a congressional hearing that if the population of Guam continued to rise the island might “tip over and capsize”.
To claim a $1.4 trillion plus spending deficit is a myth — much less the $13.3 trillion structural debt — is to totally deny reality. Heck, even the New York Times admits the US is in debt, and it is also pretty darn high.
This is not Hare’s first collision with ignorance. Earlier this year, Hare told a constituent — on video — that ObamaCare was constitutional, although he did not know which part of the Constitution permitted it and quite frankly, he didn’t worry about whether the laws Congress adopts are constitutional.
Jim Geraghty of National Review recently reported that Hare’s Republican opponent, Bobby Schilling, was within one percent (38-37) of Hare in a Cook Report D+3 district. The most salient point wasn’t that Schilling was close, but, that an incumbent in a Dem-leaning district was at only 38%!
While the poll result does not bode well for Representative Hare, it certainly reflects positively on the common sense of voters in IL-17.
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Rep. Philip Hare (D-IL 17) / “The debt is a myth”
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA ?) / “Guam might tip over and capsize”