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Tuesday
Jul192011

Flashback 2006: Obama On Raising The Debt Ceiling

In 2006, Senator Obama argued and voted against raising the debt ceiling.  In 2007 and 2008, he didn't bother to vote.  In 2006:

  • "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 US Government can not 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."

Senator Barack Obama, March 2006

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Obama later joined all Dems in voting en bloc against raising the debt increase.

In 2010:

Behind closed doors and with no cameras present, President Obama signed into law Friday afternoon the bill raising the public debt limit from $12.394 trillion to $14.294 trillion.

The current national debt is $12.3 trillion. Check out the National Debt Clock, which tells you your share of that -- roughly $40,000 per citizen, $113,000 per taxpayer.

The bill also establishes a statutory Pay-As-You-Go procedure requiring that new non-emergency legislation affecting tax revenue or mandatory spending not increase the Federal deficit – in other words, that any new spending or tax cuts be paid for with new taxes or spending cuts.

Today:

WH: Obama regrets vote against raising debt limit

WASHINGTON – The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama regrets his vote as a senator in 2006 against raising the debt limit — the same kind of increase he's now pressuring Congress to approve.

Obama "thinks it was a mistake," presidential spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. "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."

The country will reach its debt limit of $14.3 trillion by May 16. If Congress doesn't raise it by then or shortly thereafter, the government would not be able to make debt payments, leading to an unprecedented default of the national debt and driving up borrowing costs for the government, U.S. companies and consumers, the Treasury Department warns.

 


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Reader Comments (12)

Clawback...it's time!

NY Post...GOLDMAN Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein has warned his employees to avoid high-profile spending, as The Post reported -- but his wife evidently didn't get the memo.

Laura Blankfein and her friend Susan Friedman, wife of another Goldman honcho, Richard Friedman, caused a huge scene at Super Saturday in the Hamptons last weekend when they arrived at the event before the noon start time and balked at waiting in line with the other ticket-holders.

"Their behavior was obnoxious. They were screaming," said one witness. Blankfein said she wouldn't wait with "people who spend less money than me."
Apr 11, 2011 at 9:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterJay Carney
"He realizes now that... his birth certificate actually reads, "George W. Bush."
Apr 11, 2011 at 9:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
He is one of the all time Hypocrites on sooo many things take War for example...

Candidate Obama...

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/specials/CandidateQA/question2/

President Obama..."You invade Bahrain. We take out Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MD02Ak01.html
Apr 11, 2011 at 11:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterLiberatedCitizen
Great points LC...you are so right. Obama is a fraud from his birth to his name, Barry Soetoro.
Apr 12, 2011 at 12:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterJay Carney
Am I the only one totally baffled we're having this conversation (re: argument)? How can anyone say with a straight face that we need to raise the debt limit? If this isn't enough, what exactly is?
Apr 12, 2011 at 7:23 AM | Unregistered CommenterOberron4life
you will enjoy the next clip, oberron...will be posted in a few minutes...nice job with the links LC...
Apr 12, 2011 at 10:04 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
raise the debt limit?........What deby limit?....................Do the Dem. Unions, have a Debt Limit...........? Untill every tax payer is dead there will be pleanty of money to spend. The American People have got pleanty, and the Dem. want it.......!
Apr 12, 2011 at 5:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
@Cheyenne

OH HELL YES!!

Obama was psychic. He saw himself as "a failure of leadership.”
Jun 29, 2011 at 2:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterTR
Pelosi Says She’s ‘Almost Too Busy’ to Continue Listening to Debt Talks

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/pelosi-says-she-s-almost-too-busy-contin
Jul 15, 2011 at 3:27 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
@DailyBail...you have mail!
Jul 15, 2011 at 10:56 AM | Unregistered Commenterchunga
i just read it chunga...congrats...why don't you give the details here...i will update the sunny sheu story accordingly later...
Jul 15, 2011 at 11:22 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
This is gonna be good!
Jul 15, 2011 at 11:27 AM | Unregistered Commenterchunga

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