barack obama, 2006:
Obama: Not Always a Fan of Upping Debt Ceiling - By Katrina Trinko - The Corner - National Review OnlineThe fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.
of course, that's before he became the slasher hussein
The Obama Presidency. Minute by Minute | POLITICO 44President Obama says his 2006 vote against raising the debt limit was "political" and that he wasn't thinking about "what was important for the country.
Here's what Obama told ABC News's George Stephanopoulos: "I think that it’s important to understand the vantage point of a senator versus the vantage point of a ... president. When you’re a senator, traditionally what’s happened is, this is always a lousy vote. Nobody likes to be tagged as having increased the debt limit for the United States by a trillion dollars. ... As president, you start realizing: 'You know what? We -- we can’t play around with this stuff. This is the full faith in credit of the United States.' And so that was just a example of a new senator, you know, making what is a political vote as opposed to doing what was important for the country. And I’m the first one to acknowledge it."
It's really not a matter of choice. The government has to pay all of its debts every year, but some Congress people, and presidents, always seem to make it a political issue.
I think part of the reason they are pushing for a "serious step" in budget reform before the debt limit is raised is simply so they can treat some of their votes to raise the debt limit as compromise. Whereas, in fact, raising the debt limit should not be a compromise. It is a practical necessity for the wellbeing of everyone in America.
Pretty much, yeah.
americans can see---one party is working its bright orange butt off trying to reform entitlements before they kill us
the other is spending and blaming, spending and blaming