Tuesday, October 08, 2013

So, Who's Right?

In the ongoing debate about the budget crisis, the government shutdown, the looming default, it is instructive to see what the leadership thinks, and to determine who is right.  I guess we should first go to a junior Democratic Senator, one Barack Obama from Illinois, and see what he had to say during his tenure as Senator.
The fact that we're here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means '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. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit.
Then, we should go to the sitting president of the United States, one Barack Obama, and see what he has to say about the current crisis.
"I think what has changed is they're aware of the fact that I'm not budging when it comes to the full faith and credit of the United States," Obama said about the debt ceiling. "You don't pay a ransom, you don't provide concessions for Congress doing its job and America paying its bills."
So, who is right, Mr. President?  The junior senator from Illinois or the current President?  If, as you said earlier, America has a failure of leadership, just exactly whose leadership are we talking about?

I would recommend to my half-dozen readers that we ask the President that question, and would also recommend that they notice that both quotes come from USA Today, a leading newspaper in great hotels across the country.


Goatwhiskers said...

Characteristic of politicians, to say whatever is expedient at the moment in order to 1) get votes, and 2) CYA. Goatwhiskers

JimB said...

The real result of this gov't "shutdown" will be to show the people how little gov't we really need. I would like to see a call for the major rollback of the size of gov't. After all if these people are non-essential way are they on the payroll in the first place??

Rivrdog said...

Your second Obama quote says it all: Obama refuses to concede that Boehner is acting on his Constitutional authority from Article 1, Section 8.

What do we do with a President who has refused to recognize the authority of the Constitution?