Tuesday, January 4

"Raising debt limit is a sign of leadership failure."

What's the word for a politician who condemns the actions of his opponents but then once elected, does exactly what he condemned the other party for doing?

Example: Who said the following?
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...financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally.

Leadership means [old platitude 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.
That was freshman Senator Obama in 2006, when the U.S. Senate was about to vote on extending the federal debt ceiling. Back then, some of you may recall, we had a Republican president. So it's not surprising that Obama was eager to condemn what he called "reckless fiscal policies" since Republican held the White House.

And sure enough, in 2006 Obama voted against raising the ceiling.

Principles, y'know.

Oh, and for the record: When Obama took office our national debt was just over $10 trillion. Yesterday it reached $14 trillion--an increase of 40 percent in just two years.

Senator Obama nailed it in 2006: "America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

Of course that was before he was elected to the highest office in the country.


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