“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 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.”
Senator Barack Obama
Senate Floor Speech on Public Debt
March 16, 2006
Senator Obama ended his speech with a profound yet often neglected fact: “Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America’s priorities.” He went on to vote against raising the debt ceiling in 2006.
What a shame Barack Obama has such a short memory. If only he would have paid heed to his own words once he became president in 2008, we wouldn’t be about $3 trillion more in debt and in the worst fiscal crisis the world has ever seen. But, of course, the President and his supporters claim that he had no choice but to spend us even farther into oblivion. After all, he inherited an awful economy from his predecessor. The story goes that his spendthrift policies are what saved us from an economic meltdown. How they know that exactly is not clear?
What is known is that Obama’s policies have not solved our economic woes. In fact, things have become far worse under his leadership. The two statistics that the ordinary American cares most about are unemployment and price inflation. Both have headed in the wrong direction since Obama assumed the reins of power. The government’s unemployment figure stood at 7.8 percent the month Obama became president. Today, 9.2 percent of our workforce is without work. In spite of his “stimulus” spending the unemployment rate has increased 18 percent!
Naturally, with all the new spending and monetized debt over the last two and one-half years, it is reasonable to expect that goods priced in dollars would see an increase. As I have predicted many times on this post, they have. If we just use the government’s CPI numbers it is easy to see that prices under Obama’s program have taken off. When Obama took office the government’s CPI number stood at 0.0 percent. The number released for June 2011 stood at 3.6 percent. Additionally, gas prices have doubled under Obama and food prices are soaring.