way, way back in 2006, Barack Obama was a Senator and George W. Bush was president. In that year, when raising the debt limit was being debated, Obama said
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 cannot 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.
Now fast-forward to 2013, and Obama is president. Now
he says that Congress “must” raise the debt limit, that it's obligated
to do so, in order to pay the country's bills.
I long for a political leader who is actually an ideologue – someone who has beliefs, and behaves accordingly. Instead, nearly our entire political class at the Federal level seems to be made up of opportunistic knaves like The One. They don't have any
actual beliefs, so far as I can tell – their motivation is entirely to further their own personal wealth, power, and celebrity...