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Dear Editor:

In March of 2006, when Barack Obama was a U.S. Senator in Illinois and George W. Bush was president, Obama made the following speech critical of the Republican administration: “The fact that we are here today to debate America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It’s 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. 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 on the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

Is there anyone who can honestly deny that this speech more accurately reflects today’s circumstances; that America’s debt problems and failures of leadership aren’t more serious today than they were in 2006? Back in 2006, Senator Obama had a history of simply voting “present” on contentious issues before Congress rather than take a position and now that the buck stops on his desk, he prefers to “lead from behind.” He submits us to speeches full of lofty rhetoric which have little substance. He makes promises he has no intention of keeping. He issues ultimatums to leaders of countries whose interests are inimical to ours and when confronted, he equivocates. He has repeatedly offended long-standing allies who no longer have trust or confidence in him. He has done nothing to cut spending and reduce our debt. In short, Obama is no leader and never will be. And yes, we Americans certainly deserve better.

Gary Stansbury

This story was posted on December 26, 2013.
  • Grande

    Does your idea of leadership include “Green eggs and Ham” by chance?!