After one full year in office President George W Bush requested congressional approval for an increase in the debt ceiling he went on to seek debt ceiling increase in every year following except for 2005.
In 2002 31 Republican Senators did the right thing and voted to increase the debt ceiling so the government could continue to pay its bills and expenses.
In 2003 50 Republican Senators voted yes.
In 2004 50 Republican Senators voted yes.
In 2006 51 Republican Senators voted yes.
In 2007 as many Republican Senators were concerned about primary opposition 26 still voted to increase the debt ceiling.
In 2008 there were two votes to increase the debt ceiling the first vote 34 members of the GOP Senate caucus voted yes. Because the first vote was not actually large enough to meet the needs a second increase was needed and 33 Republican Senators voted to do the responsible thing.
In 2009 still working under the Bush spending plan only 2 Republicans voted yes and a second increase was needed in 2009 and 1 patriotic Republican voted yes.
In 2011 not a single Republican Senator voted in the best interest of their country – not a single one!
What happened between 2008 and 2009? Barack Obama.
When Mitt Romney criticizes this President for not being bi-partisan enough to govern effectively; I know he is full of shit, you know he is full of shit and we all know he knows he is full of shit.
If Romney wins I hope he is not naive enough to think the Democrats in the Senate are not going to extract their pound of flesh to get revenge.
Please don’t ever forget that when Congress is in session there are no adults in the room.