Debt Ceiling Hypocrisy

"…raising the debt limit is a sign of leadership failure."

As a senator and candidate for president, Obama viciously attacked Republicans and the establishment for their "failures to lead." Perhaps, this is no more evident on than in the case of the national debt.

With a smile and a sharp-tongue, Senator Obama eviscerated Republicans over a host of politically volatile issues, from Congressional earmarks to immigration reform to voting to raise the debt ceiling. Yet once elected president, Obama staked out some of the same positions, without hesitation or any sense of hypocrisy.

This may be one of history's greatest examples of "failure in leadership."

Remember, Candidate Obama was quick to attack Republicans and the status quo over failures on Congressional earmarks (Reason 2), the Armenian genocide (Reason 15), the disabled (Reason 42), the national debt (Reason 5), the debt ceiling (Reason 43), the promise of immigration reform within the first year of his presidency (Reason 19) and many other of his opponent's "leadership failures."

Remember Obama's partisan attack and his promise to slash Congressional earmarks "to less than $7.8 billion a year, the level they were at before 1994, when the Republicans took control of Congress."

Or Obama's poignant partisanship on the debt-ceiling vote:

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure…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." (March 16, 2006)

President Obama continued attacking Republicans once elected, only this go-round he attacked them for holding the same positions he had before he became president.

As a Senator, Obama said, "I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy as a democracy, and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics."

It's time for the voters to pay attention to President Obama's "leadership failure". The difficulties we face as a nation are too great to tolerate four more years of lies and hypocrisy.

Don't let history repeat itself - don't vote for Barack Obama!