Obama Was Against Raising The National Debt Ceiling Before He Was For It

Republicans are taking their majority in the House, and there’s a serious debate within the party over whether or not the debt ceiling should be raised. Some, like tea-party favorite Rep. Alan West are saying that it must be raised in the short term so that the government is not shut down. Others, like Rep. Michele Bachmann, are saying that leaving the debt cap in place may be the only way to force the federal government into making tough spending cuts.

Over the weekend Obama administration surrogates took the position you might expect they would. Refusing to raise the national debt ceiling would be “insane” Obama economist Austan Goolsbee said. But back in 2006, President Obama certain didn’t feel that way and indeed voted against raising the national debt ceiling:

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.

In 2007 and 2008 Obama showed leadership on the national debt issue by…not voting on whether or not to raise the national debt ceiling. And now, as President, he’s all for raising it.

Quite a change, no?

Clearly, the time has come for the federal government to live within its means. Republicans got an electoral mandate to go to Washington and address fiscal issues. They can start by holding the line on the national debt cap.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • $8194357

    Yeah, he was great at voting present so as not to give anyone any ammunition against him in the primaries. The transparentless one. No public access to anything. A made for TV politically corrrect leftists dream come true with no paper trail other than two made up wrote by surrogets self grandizing auto biographies from a man who never held a real job. Just a bought and paid for leftist community organizer giving wealthy elitist money away to leftis causes. I recant. He was prepared for the tarp and money giveaways to unions and mobsters. He had been doing that most of his public service political life.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Barrack Obama the bumbling, stumbling, stammering buffoon… eh, eh, eh, huh! DUHbama…

  • Spartacus

    As a junior Senator his pocketbook was very shallow and thus didn’t have much to spend anyway. As President he’s like the person that rents in the trailer park that hit the lottery, and I doubt he and family are far removed after all Cabrini Green was only blocks away, but now there’s no end to the wealth he possesses.

  • http://sayanythingblog.com Mountainmouth

    Stay tuned the TOTUS will get him through this.

    Without the Teleprompter he is exactly as Goon described.

  • sbark

    Problem with this……..in past expeirience with the left.

    If its done at all……….the Left sits back like little kids screaming “they did it 1st” or “they did it also”

    remember GWBUSH 300 billion deficits we keep hearing about now when Obama’s rang it up well over a Trillion a year……

    the continuous whine from the Left remains GW Bush did it 1st—-thus in their minds giving Obama a blank check to run the country off a cliff economically with a very predictable Fannie Mae crisis as a jumpstart.

  • SigFan

    Does anyone else see the absurdity of the government being able to just vote themselves the ability to put the rest of us further in debt? Kind of like letting your teenage kid go out and buy a Bugatti that you have to pay for.

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