R. Acheson: Americans deserve better

Didn’t President Barack Obama deliver a nice State of the Union address? He certainly is such a good speaker, one can only wonder why all the things he proposes to save the country weren’t done three years before.

I noticed that he sort of glossed over the fact that in his three years in office, he has presided over more indebtedness than any previous president, no matter how many years in office.

Can anyone guess 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 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.”

Who said that? Why, Sen. Barack H. Obama in March 2006.

Too bad he never does what he says he is going to do. Does that count anymore?

Good speaker, though. I liked his tie, too.

Robert Acheson, Dixfield

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 's picture

How come...

...you glossed over the fact the President has gotten zero cooperation from the Republican party, which is more interested in party politics than moving the country forward?

 's picture

and how long has it been

and how long has it been since the senate has come up with a budget? 1,000 days and counting. don't confuse motion with progress.

BROOKS MORTON's picture

But wait

What was the Balance the first two years of his term?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The president has not been

The president has not been the least cooperative with the republicans. Ask any republican; they'll tell ya. Seriously, both sides have failed the straight face test when it comes to bi-partisan behavior.

JOANNE MOORE's picture

That's BS.

In fact the liberals and progressives have been rending their clothes and gnashing their teeth at the way Obysmal has deserted his primary promises like ending torture, returning Habeas Corpus and on and on. Instead, he has leaned far to the right in the eyes of these delusional liberals. Yet, truth be told, he was already leaning that way well before becoming President.

Don't you know no one will be "elected" President in this country unless they follow the corporate line? That's why Ron Paul will never be "elected". There is only one party in the USA....the corporate party. All the infighting between Pubs and Dims is for show. It is to distract us from the anal intercourse they all do to we the people.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Your seminar did not leave

Your seminar did not leave much room for discussion, but it's a moot point in that the same minions elected him in '08, but are angry with him for not being liberal enough, will re-elect him again in '12. America will hit rock bottom and the outcome will be that republicans will occupy the White House for 25-30 years.

 's picture

Dream on

Dream on.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Which part confuses you?

Which part confuses you?

 's picture

Not even close...

...to being confused. Unfortunately, your eyes are closed.

 's picture

Close but no cigar

There is only a corporate party, but politics are not to blame. Money in politics should be. The infightimng is not for show. The Dems want a stable government which relfects the views of the workikers. The Repubs want an instable government which will allow their elities to loot the federal treasury.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Kool-Aid, Jon; lay off the

Kool-Aid, Jon; lay off the Kool-Aid. It's blurring your vision.

 's picture

Huh?

Huh?

Jason Theriault's picture

The difference?

This is the difference between following and leading. As a Senator, he has the luxury of being able to vote against it and rail on leadership for it's failure to spend within it's limits.

As President, he has to do what's best for the country, which is raising the debt ceiling because not doing so would be catastrophic.

 's picture

debt

Quick, who said this? "The full consequences of a default -- or even the serious prospect of default -- by the United States are impossible to predict and awesome to contemplate. Denigration of the full faith and credit of the United States would have substantial effects on the domestic financial markets and the value of the dollar." Ronnie Raygun, as he tripled the national debt.

And, who said this? "[The] debt explosion has resulted not from big spending by the Democrats, but instead the Republican Party's embrace, about three decades ago, of the insidious doctrine that deficits don't matter if they result from tax cuts." David Stockman, Raygun's OMB Director.

GARY SAVARD's picture

Robert, well said.

Robert, well said.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Another well thought out

Another well thought out essay from the voice of unreason.

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