Obama should listen to himself on debt ceiling

Published: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 - 10:10 am

Re "Debt crisis likely to postpone billions in aid" (Page A1, Oct. 14): Regarding raising the debt limit ceiling, I think it’s instructive to read the words of Barack Obama himself. Here’s what then-Sen.r Obama said in a 2006 floor speech against raising the debt limit:

“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.”

-- George Penter, Sacramento

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