October 14, 2013
The rhetorical flourish is President Obama’s public speaking trademark. Take for example, then-Sen. Obama’s 2006 address concerning 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 can’t pay its own bills. … I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.
In that speech Obama sounded very much like our Founding Fathers about the debt. In 1793, George Washington warned lawmakers:
No pecuniary consideration is more urgent, than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt: on none can delay be more injurious, or an economy of time more valuable.
Today though, President Obama is leading the fight to increase America’s debt limit. This suggests that political necessity, rather than clear, principled purpose, is guiding his decision-making.
“As the country approaches—and smashes through—the debt ceiling once again,” The Heritage Foundation’s Rich Tucker warns, ”it would be wise to take the father of our country’s words to heart. Rather than borrowing trillions more, we need to begin paying down some debt before it crushes us.”
Do you think Americans can learn from our Founding Fathers?