Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Obama comes out against raising the national debt limit

Barack Obama is uncharacteristically clear:

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. … 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.

Er, hold on a sec. That was back in 2006 when luxury vacations at taxpayer expense and vast socialist programs were just a gleam in his eye.