cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
"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 US 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 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."
~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006
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This quote is part of the speech then freshman Senator Barack Obama made on the U.S. Senate floor in March of 2006. Snopes attests to what you see above. The full speech is even more interesting but is too long to post in the blog.
There has been quite a change in the former Senator’s attitude concerning debt as we can attest to from his first term as President of the United States. Our debt has increased more than four trillion dollars during that term…and it isn’t nearly all attributable to the former president, a fellow by the name of Bush, as the current President seems to want us to believe.
By his own words, it seems that he would label his first term as President as “a failure of leadership” since we now depend upon “ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies”.
What happened to the Senator who became the President in that short span of time? Did he go through a tremendous change of base philosophy or did he simply say in that speech what he thought sounded appropriate for that time in his climb up the ladder of success?
I can certainly agree with the closing remark above:
America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.