A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to view what may be the metaphor for the Occupy Movement if it was set to music and took place in Paris in 1814; that was the musical Les Miserables. A brilliant film with enough music and revolutionary aspirations to appease the discontented. It is a film for the have-nots in preparation for the storming of the gates. One day more we move closer to the edge of the unknown while our politicians play chicken with our childrens' future; all for the sake of re-election. We may have to bring back the guilotine?
|"I'm about as diverse as my Cabinet. Just another Washington insider that wears a suit. To steal a character's name from Boardwalk Empire, call me Chalky White."|
Obama’s March 16, 2006 speech against raising debt ceilingThe 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.
And the cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the Federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and States of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on.
Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America’s priorities. Instead, interest payments are a significant tax on all Americans–a debt tax that Washington doesn’t want to talk about. If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we would see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible 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.
I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.
Sen. Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., (Senate – March 16, 2006)
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