The big buzz in Washington today is the idea of raising the national debt. Do we continue to dig ourselves deeper into a hole and hope the sides don’t cave in around us? Do we continue piling our stack of IOUs even higher? Should we just kick the can of financial responsibility down the street and pass the problem to the next generation?
Now we all have an opinion on the above. We all know how we handle are own financial matters and levels of debt but what you may not know is how leadership in Washington thinks. So today, we take a look at one of those leaders. You may have voted for or against this leader that is not the issue, today we are only concerned with a view on the national debt.
First let’s hear from this leader in his own words, “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. … 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 and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
You may or may not agree but that seems to be a clear, unequivocal condemnation of the leadership that continues to spend beyond the income limits our government has to support such spending. That statement could have come from any number of Senators and you may be able to guess to which party he belongs. But then again you may be wrong, you may have been guilty of stereotyping party members because that is what you have been lead believe by the bias of media.
If you have followed political happenings you know the above words were spoken by none other than Barack Obama when as a Senator he found the idea of raising the debt ceiling repugnant and voted against the idea. But was he really against raising the debt ceiling or was he casting a vote in 2006 for his personal advantage for political posturing?
Let’s fast forward to January 2011 when the President’s Press Secretary explained those words and his vote as follows, “Based on the outcome of that vote…the full faith and credit was not in doubt,” Gibbs said. He went on to say Senator Obama used the vote “to make a point about needing to get serious about fiscal discipline….His vote was not necessarily needed on that.” Oh so that makes it clear he voted that way because his vote was not needed by his Party because the outcome was known before the vote? Was he just “playing around” with his vote? If that question bothers you and sounds harsh wait until you read what the White House said this past weekend.
This past Sunday White House advisor David Plouffe revised the explanation of that vote and said of the President, “He believes that vote was a mistake”. Well ok but what about the words, don’t words mean something, can’t we believe what he said was his belief? Certainly Barack Obama would not intentionally mislead the American voters as to his true belief, would he?
White House Press Secretary James Carney cleared up all confusion on Monday when he offered a more complete explanation of the view of our President. Here are the words of Mr. Carney, “He realizes now that raising the debt ceiling is so important to the health of this economy and the global economy that it is not a vote that, even when you are protesting an administration’s policies, you can play around with, and you need to take very seriously the need to raise the debt limit so that the full faith and credit of the United States government is maintained around the globe.”
That seems to be an admission that he was “playing around” when he voted against raising the debt ceiling and spoke those words. Just so you are clear Barack Obama is now in favor of raising the national debt ceiling or at least he is this week. I hope this clears up any confusion you may have had as to our President’s opinion and beliefs concerning national debt. It is always comforting to know you have a President with core values willing to stand up for what he believes in and a person you can trust when he speaks to you.
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