Then and Now: Obama on the Debt Ceiling
President Obama and his big-government allies are advocating a “clean” vote on increasing the debt ceiling. In other words, no spending cuts, no reforms, just a blank check to keep on spending.
ABC’s Jake Tapper has a good breakdown of President Obama’s evolving position:
In March 2006, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., found the notion of raising the debt ceiling quite distasteful.
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure,” he said.
In January, I asked then-White House press secretary Robert Gibbs about those comments ….
“Based on the outcome of that vote…the full faith and credit was not in doubt,” Gibbs said. Then-Sen. Obama used the vote “to make a point about needing to get serious about fiscal discipline….”
On Sunday, senior White House adviser David Plouffe revised that explanation.
“He believes that vote was a mistake,” Plouffe told Fox News Sunday.
Ironically, just last week, President Obama called on Congress to act like “grown-ups.” Despite residing in the White House, the transition from adolescence to adulthood does not empower one to change the rules of the game.
Then-Senator Barack Obama was right, we cannot keep “shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.” The question is, will he act like a grown-up and heed his own advice?