Flashback: Reid and Obama opposed raising debt ceiling in 2006

obama-reid-pelosi-raise-debt-ceiling-trillionsPresident Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., have done everything short of threatening to shoot a puppy on live TV to cajole Republicans into raising the debt limit so Democrats can spend waste more of our hard-earned money.

But history shows that both men were adamantly opposed to raising the debt ceiling in 2006.

Here’s Harry Reid:

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And here’s what Obama said:

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.


Of course, that was in 2006.  The only difference between now and then, of course, is that we had a Republican president…

Naturally, Obama tried to backtrack from those comments back in 2011.

“I think that it’s important to understand the vantage point of a Senator versus the vantage point of a…President.  When you’re a Senator, traditionally what’s happened is this is always a lousy vote.  Nobody likes to be tagged as having increased the debt limit for the United States by a trillion dollars… As President, you start realizing, ‘You know what?  We– we can’t play around with this stuff.  This is the full faith in credit of the United States.’  And so that was just a example of a new Senator,  you know, making what is a political vote as opposed to doing what was important for the country.  And I’m the first one to acknowledge it,” he said.

Amazing how that works…


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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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