Obama and the Debt Ceiling

Issues: Spending

In 2006, then-Senator Barack Obama sang a different tune on raising the debt ceiling.  Below are some comments President Obama made on the floor of the Senate, and I agree with his 2006 position:

Mr. OBAMA:  Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America’s debt problem. 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. 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 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.

You can read President Obama's full 2006 speech HERE and HERE.