Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Barack Obama: Failure of leadership?

In 2006, when the issue of raising the debt limit was discussed on the U.S. Senate floor ... and when the President at the time was named George W. Bush ... and when there was a Chicago Senator named Barack Obama ... the discussion was quite a bit different than at the current time. Back then, Obama felt it was a sign of leadership failure to raise the debt limit.

On the Senate floor on March 16, 2006, he spoke out against increasing our debt:
The 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.

Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is “trillion” with a “T.” That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President’s budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion.

Numbers that large are sometimes hard to understand. Some people may wonder why they matter. Here is why: This year, the Federal Government will spend $220 billion on interest. That is more money to pay interest on our national debt than we’ll spend on Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. That is more money to pay interest on our debt this year than we will spend on education, homeland security, transportation, and veterans benefits combined. It is more money in one year than we are likely to spend to rebuild the devastated gulf coast in a way that honors the best of America.

And the cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the Federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and States of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on.

Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America’s priorities.
It is now a short five years later and it's Barack Obama asking for the increased debt limit. Failure of leadership?

H/T Riley

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that there are others out there who see the same things and hear the same things that I see and hear. I'm so sick of everyone being star struck by BHO and thinking that he is the answer to our country's problems when he is, in fact, the one who causing our problems. I shared your posting with my Facebook friends. I invite you come by and look over a few of my political postings.