Our words sometimes come back to haunt us
The Way I See It
by DON WEST
“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 the buck stops here. 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.” Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006.
Well, we have all, from time to time, said something that comes back to bite us in the butt, but this particular quote from the campaign trail has to be possibly the quote of the decade or possibly the quote of the century. I noticed that he did not repeat this quote recently when the government was facing exactly the same scenario here eight years later. Did he change his mind about leadership? Well, I haven’t. I have repeated in this column many times that we have no leadership in Washington and this quote absolutely, undeniably confirms the fact. Oh, his supporters will diminish the uttering, saying it was just a political ploy, but no one can deny that he has done absolutely nothing to resolve these issues, and has learned nothing from history, as he continues to repeat the mistakes of the past, which he so blatantly blamed on past administrations.
Here’s another quote. “…those who have good health insurance coverage will be able to keep their coverage.” This is not hearsay, this is actually my personal experience. I have been notified by one of my supplement carriers that my coverage will no longer be available after Dec. 31, 2013. So much for keeping my present health insurance intact.
One more quote – “We need to pass this legislation so that we can see what’s in it.” Remember when Pelosi uttered these scholarly words? Maybe she was too busy tracking small town columnists who hurt her feelings about public jet usage.
Folks, the constant sewage drains from Washington and we, the people, are the catch basin. It’s time, according to Charlie, that we adopt single terms of office for every elected official. If we give them back the time they spend on campaigning, maybe they will have time to actually serve their constituents. I’m still waiting for someone somewhere to initialize a one-percent cut of all spending in all government entities. Let’s pass this legislation so we can see what’s in it. We may discover it’s money in our pockets.
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