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January 05, 2011

It's Crazy Not To Vote For Raising The Debt Ceiling, Unless You Are Superstar Senator Barack Obama

Austan Goolsbee, Obama's Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said it would be "insanity" to vote against raising the debt ceiling.

Well, I guess that makes Barack Obama insane because he voted against raising the debt limit in 2006.

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure,” he said on March 16, 2006. “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. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit.”

The debt limit was raised by a vote of 52-48.

Asked about that quote – and vote -- today, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that it was important that “based on the outcome of that vote…the full faith and credit was not in doubt.”

Then-Sen. Obama used the vote “to make a point about needing to get serious about fiscal discipline….His vote was not necessarily needed on that.”

So votes only count if your vote is "needed on that"?

As for Obama's talk of leadership and the 'buck stopping' in D.C., consider that as of October (I can't find more recent numbers), Obama and the Democrats ran up 3 TRILLION Dollars in new debt.

Barack Obama: Voting "Present" since 2006!


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