Obama Voted Against Raising Debt Ceiling in 2006 – All Democrats Did – So why the change?
Democrats proving to be nothing more than hypocrites on Debt ceiling vote.
Barack Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling in 2006, as an Illinois Jr. Senator. While he is on record waxing emphatically against raising the debt ceiling to pay for the two wars we were in back in 2006, we have to wonder why he says it must be risen today, considering we are currently in three wars. two which he has failed to withdraw us from and one he illegally injected us into when he bombed Libya without any direct threat from them to the U.S. Obama’s only response to this proven hypocricy is to say his vote was a “simple mistake.” For this pathetic type of political spin, I feel he should be named The Hypocrite in Chief from here on out. If the shoe fits, Mr. President, wear it! A brief explanation about the more recent debt ceiling chicanery can be seen here from Fox Business:
The U.S. debt ceiling has been raised 11 times since 1996, amidst a worldwide bubble in government as politicians the world over try to fix their economies by drinking themselves sober.
And as Congress has raised the government debt ceiling those 11 times, almost in lockstep, the Government Accountability Office could not sign off on the government’s books for 14 consecutive years, because its regular audits found the nation’s books in terrible disarray. (emphasis mine)
Head Snapping Hypocrisy From Reid and Obama On the Debt Ceiling
At the time, Reid said:
“If my Republican friends believe that increasing our debt by almost $800 billion today and more than $3 trillion over the last five years is the right thing to do, they should be upfront about it. They should explain why they think more debt is good for the economy.
“How can the Republican majority in this Congress explain to their constituents that trillions of dollars in new debt is good for our economy? How can they explain that they think it’s fair to force our children, our grandchildren, our great grandchildren to finance this debt through higher taxes. That’s what it will have to be. Why is it right to increase our nation’s dependence on foreign creditors?
“They should explain this. Maybe they can convince the public they’re right. I doubt it. Because most Americans know that increasing debt is the last thing we should be doing. After all, I repeat, the Baby Boomers are about to retire. Under the circumstances, any credible economist would tell you we should be reducing debt, not increasing it. Democrats won’t be making argument to supper this legalization, which will weaken our country. Weaken our county.”
When Senator Reid was recently asked by NBC’s David Gregory about the conflict between his 2006 and 2011 statements, Reid replied, “I don’t really know what vote you’re talking about.”
Obama: Oh yeah, my 2006 Senate vote against raising the debt ceiling was “political”
At last, after letting not one but two White House press secretaries squirm during questioning about his debt ceiling flip-flop, The One finally speaks up. The crux of his defense: As president, you have to take these things seriously, but as a senator … not so much. And to think, some people during the ’08 campaign accused him of being inexperienced. Then again, at least Obama had that as an excuse for his vote. What’s the excuse for Harry Reid, who’d been in the Senate for 20 years when he voted no on raising the debt ceiling in 2006 and who finally admitted just this morning that he’s “kinda embarrassed” that he did so?