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Letter to the editor: Guess who had it right about the national debt?

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 12:01 am

Words have meaning. Well, to most people, “I say what I mean, and mean what I say” is true. Well, maybe not inside the D.C. beltway. You immediately know who said the following: “Blessed are the poor in spirit...” “Four score and seven years ago our fathers ...” “All we have to fear is ... fear itself.” “The buck stops here.”

I am sure you got them all right. However, in light of the recent battle over the government shutdown and the debt limit, who would you say said the following?

“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 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.

(The following emphasis is mine.) “Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means 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. America deserves better.”

Do you agree that words have meaning? Do you believe we should always “speak the truth in love”? Well, who do you suppose said the above? Sen. Barack H. Obama, March 2006.

Much different than his words at the White House when he gave sharp criticism of the Republicans over the government shutdown. What a difference a day or a year or two makes!

Wayne Smith