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Obama Can't Explain Position as a Senator on Debt Ceiling
1 year ago

Obama plays hardball on debt ceiling, but can’t explain away the position he took as Senator

At his press conference today, President Obama reiterated that he will not engage in negotiations over raising the debt ceiling. He called on Republicans to raise the debt ceiling without conditions. Once the ceiling is raised, we can talk about reducing the debt, including through additional tax increases on upper income Americans in the form of changing the law on deductions, Obama said.

Obama introduced his discussion of the debt limit this way:

Now, the other congressionally imposed deadline coming up is the so-called debt ceiling, something most Americans hadn’t even heard of before two years ago.

It’s probably a good thing for Obama that most Americans didn’t hear of the debt ceiling earlier, because earlier, as a Senator, Obama voted several times against raising the ceiling. At that time he said that raising the debt ceiling would constitute “leadership failure.” Yet today, with the debt much larger than it was then, Obama argues that the ceiling should be raised as a pro forma matter.

No “leadership failure” here, Mr. President, right?

Obama continued:

The debt ceiling is not a question of authorizing more spending. Raising the debt ceiling does not authorize more spending. It simply allows the country to pay for spending that Congress has already committed to. These are bills that have already been racked up, and we need to pay them. So, while I’m willing to compromise and find common ground over how to reduce our deficits, America cannot afford another debate with this Congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they’ve already racked up.

Obama is right that raising the debt ceiling doesn’t authorize more spending. But raising it without changes in our spending habits will, as a practical matter, mean that the reckless spending continues unabated.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/01/obama-plays-hardball-on-debt-ceiling-but-cant-explain-away-the-position-he-took-as-senator.php

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1 year ago

Senator Obama:

At that time he said that raising the debt ceiling would constitute “leadership failure.” Yet today, with the debt much larger than it was then, Obama argues that the ceiling should be raised as a pro forma matter.

No “leadership failure” here, Mr. President, right?

1 year ago

Mr. Obama, it is the same now that you are president as it was when you were a senator; the name of the person filling the office may change, but the rules do not change.  You are nothing but a hypocrite and it is time for you to face the consequences of your failed actions.

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