Then and Now: Senator Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling in 2006

President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and other prominent Democrats have been hypercritical of the Republicans’ handling of the debt ceiling debate. The left has spent the last week arguing that Republicans are terrorists and anarchists who are looking to hold the government hostage while collapsing the economy, but they fail to mention the stances they took on the debt ceiling just a few years ago.

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On radio this morning, Glenn read the following opinion about the debt ceiling:

If any objective analysis of our country’s fiscal history, if your objective at all you would have to conclude that this administration and the rubber‑stamping Senate are the most fiscally irresponsible in the history of our country. In fact, no other President, no other Congress has ever come close to this. The numbers speak the truth. Rather than running record surpluses and reducing record amounts of debt, our nation now has suffered record deficits and debt increases. In fact, when it comes to deficits, this President owns every single record. The deficits have resulted in an unprecedented and dangerous borrowing spree. Total debt during this spree has grown by more than $8 trillion. It now stands at $16.7 trillion in debt.

Given the explosion of debt in the last few years, it is long past time for Washington to change course and adopt a new fiscal policy. After all, the future of our economy, the future of our nation, our children’s future, is at stake. And if the President and his [Democrat] allies believe that increasing our debt by another two, three, one trillion is the right thing to do, they should just be up front with it. They should explain why they think that more debt is good for our economy. They should explain why they think it’s fair to force our children and our grandchildren to finance our current lifestyle through higher taxes. Why it’s right to increase our nation’s dependence on foreign creditors. Maybe they can convince the public that they’re right, but I don’t think so. Look at the size of the debt. No one thinks it’s right. Most Americans know that increasing the debt is the last thing that we should be doing. After all, the baby boomers are about to retire. Under the circumstances, as almost any credible economist would tell you, we should be reducing the debt, not increasing the debt.

The President speaks of personal responsibility all the time, and I just love that. In a speech before African‑American leaders early in his Administration, the President stated that a President is judged not by the words he speaks but by the work he leaves behind. By that benchmark, unless this President and this [Democratic] Senate and others that follow along dramatically and immediately change course, they will not be judged very kindly with respect to the stewardship of our nation’s finances.

Glenn also read this excerpt on the subject:

Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. Therefore I intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.

So those must be the words of Republicans in Congress today, right? Nope. Those are actually the words of Sen. Reid and then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)

“Hoorah. Hoorah. Hoorah,” Glenn said. “Let me give you two additional pieces of information. That quote is not from Ted Cruz, and what I read was not from me. Those words were from Harry Reid during the last Administration when they tried to raise the debt ceiling. And this quote is the quote that Senator Barack Obama, the senator from Illinois. That’s his quote. So why is it that all of a sudden we’re terrorists! We’re terrorists!”

“When in 2006 they were fighting the same battle,” Pat added, ”they were doing the same things.”

In 2011, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked President Obama about his flip-flop, and his answer is excruciatingly hypocritical:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: And so that was just an example of a new senator, you know, making what is a political vote as opposed to doing what was important for the country.

“A political vote,” Glenn said disgusted. “This is unprecedented though. This is the first time I think I’ve ever heard anyone in the press ask him, ‘Have you made any mistakes?’ And him actually saying, ‘Yes, I’ve made a mistake.’ But it’s not just a mistake. He is not claiming he made a mistake. He is saying, ‘I made a political vote.’ He’s not saying he believed it. He was making a political vote. That’s even worse.”

“Right. That’s to politically help him today,” Stu concluded. “What’s interesting also is when he describes his political vote he made in 2006, he does not describe himself as a terrorist. He does not describe himself as an anarchist. He does not describe himself as the worst human being on earth, as they describe Ted Cruz… So he didn’t call himself a terrorist. Why didn’t he? Why doesn’t he look back at his life and think of himself that way?”

  • Bonnie Somer

    WHEN U BELIEVE U DO NOTHING WRONG WHAT ELSE DO U EXPECT 

  • Gristle McThornbody

    The deficit has decreased significantly under the Obama administration, Glenn. 

    It is a shame there isn’t a hell for you to go to. Jesus would hate you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Susan.M.Bronersky.Spear Susan Michele Spear

     I pray that your eyes will be opened and that your ears will hear. That Satan will no longer blind you to the truth.

  • Gristle McThornbody

    Hell is where all the sluts and drugs are, though.

  • Anonymous

    lol……….

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    Oh no it is not seeing it went from 6 trillion to 17 trillion in the last year alone.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    I love how liberals have no spine.

  • Gristle McThornbody

    What are you talking about?

  • Anonymous

    Hussein-Obama Has Out Spent Every Single President all together! because this was HusseinObama’s agenda.. For He Was Raised To Hate America! Everything HusseinObama Has Done Proves THat He Is An Anti-American-Islamist-Terrorist!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.thoele.5 Mark Thoele

    Do you know the difference between the deficit and the debt?  I’m not so sure.

  • Anonymous

    …and they have No Heart..nor common sense!

  • Anonymous

    Barry-HUSSEIN-Obama HAS OUTSPENT EVERY SINGLE PRESIDENT SINCE GEORGE WASHINGTON! GLENN ONLY SPEAKS THE TRUTH!! We Pray GOD Opens Your Eyes From The Devil Who YOu Get Your Facts From! for the devil has no facts just propaghanda like the Left! but that is all by design because barry-Hussein-Obama Was Raised By Islam Nazi Marxists To Hate And Destroy America!!

  • Anonymous

    and another thing to remember is to Know Truth You Know God,No Truth No God! that is the difference between the Right and The Left!

  • Gristle McThornbody

    Sam Fisher and Glenn Beck clearly don’t.

  • Gristle McThornbody

    I honestly cannot tell if this is sarcasm.

  • Anonymous

    I am not so sure it is just liberals. I don’t trust any of them.

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    The spineless Stephanopoulos didn’t have the balls to admonish him for such a disgusting nonsensical answer. He kisses Obama’s behind

  • Draxx

    I could probably write an entire book on your comment… but I will keep it short and say I agree!!!  But, there is much, much more to that statement and hopefully other people are awake to that fact for all of our sakes (before it is too late).

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    To trust anyone in that city is a foolish thing I agree.

  • Anonymous

    Hell is a place of complete darkness, outer darkness, that surrounds you. You will not be in the company of sluts or friends or family or anyone else you might care about, you will feel utterly alone. At the same time, you will be able to observe those who have chosen a different path and have been warmly welcomed into the Kingdom of God. You might beg for someone to warn those you do care about but nothing you desire will be forthecoming. The heat will feel like your skin is burning off your body but it won’t end - the pain will not stop. You might be willing to give anything for just one drop of water to cool your tounge but there is a great gulf that no one can cross to give you water. There certainly will not be any relief from drink, or drugs to ease the pain you feel.
    You might think of it like this, you are trapped inside a tall honeycomb inside of a black hole. No light escapes therefore neither will you, though you can see out the top. The pressure and heat are unbelievable and unending. There is no relief, no mercy because you have chosen to reject the mercy that was offered while you had the chance.
    Like Susan above, I pray God grants you repentance because as much as your contributions to this site have, by and large, been vile and designed to stir up strife and hatred, I would not wish that you go to hell.
    Jesus is the only hope you have and I pray that God, in  His mercy, will reveal His Son to you. Seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened, ask and you will receive, the choice is entirely yous to make and not seeking, not asking, not knocking is the choice that will lead you to an inescapable hell of your own choosing.

  • Gristle McThornbody

    I was just kidding, sir.

    There is no hell.

  • Anonymous

    We’re stuck at 16.7. It’s like the Twilight Zone. (eerie music – na na na na, na na na na)

  • Jimmmm

    McDorknoggin.
    If you look at your own chart you’ll see a huge spike in defecit spending starting in ’07. Why? Because the Demidiots took control of both houses of congress and didn’t pass a budget after that.Just spent spent spent. Not GW’s fault. Oh and that big downturn in ’11? The Repidiots won the house back in ’10. Who controls the checkbook? The house. You’re welcome in advance for the civics lesson as I’m SURE you’ll thank me for schoolin’ you.

  • Anonymous

    Obama was going to borrow 7 Trillion to make up for money he did not have to pay his Bills. He later found he would only need to borrow 6 Trillion. In McThornbody’s Liberal Math, Obama reduced the deficit by 1 Trillion.

    What a genius!

  • Gristle McThornbody

    They didn’t spend enough.

  • Gristle McThornbody

    Let me ask you something, genius.

    What is money?

  • Anonymous

    Obumghole, you moslem bastard.  Piss off.  You’re stinking up the earth with your presence.

  • Anonymous

    It’s obumhole’s islamic ‘financial jihad’ against America.  This moslem brotherhood agent has only one goal, and it isn’t pro-American.

  • Anonymous

    Up your obunghole’s islamic ass, you sickening son of a bitch.

  • Anonymous

    Ooops!  Those nasty old words from the past (videos, too) can always come back and bite you

    in the butt, can’t they, Barry?  So, you were just doing the party a favor by voting as they wanted

    you to do?  Sorta like today, huh?   Guess your upbringing and background didn’t help you see

    what is really the best thing to do for the for the United States.  Like DON’T SPEND MORE

    MONEY THAN YOU TAKE IN AS REVENUE!

  • Deborah Hallsted

    O thinks he can comment on the Redskins, just because he speaks with a forked tongue.

  • Anonymous

    I know you thought you were being funny GM but just as sure as you can look up on a clear night and observe the heavens above declaring the glory of God, there is most certainly a hell and that is no joke.

  • Anonymous

    LIE to LIE  lie to lie lie lie to lie .
    Lie lie lie lie lie lie lie to lie lie lie !!
    Simon and Garfunkel         
                                          Barry’s song

  • Anonymous

    Just like mommy hates you butt child

  • Anonymous

     Hope there is so you go to it McNobody.

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t hold out hope for that, because McNobody is what you call “stupid” and “dense”. He is also “brainwashed” and thinks that the government should be all powerful. Its McNobody’s religion to believe in a all powerful state, which means being a fanatic he will absolutely ignore every single fact that contradicts his sick, secular religion. He will trot out BS numbers that “prove” his religion right. He is a troll that lives in his mother’s basement and never gets out for a walk or fresh air, while not looking at various left wing loony tunes web sites, his pleasuring himself looking at men in various forms of undress. Ignore the troll, they like to fling their excrement at anything and everything, they also coat themselves with it and the walls of their subterranean dwellings.

  • Anonymous

     I wish Patrick Bateman would do to you what he did in his imagination to those other people in that movie. Except for real.

  • Anonymous

     McNobody clearly doesn’t AT ALL. His own propagandistic graph even proves him wrong. Heh heh. Just admit it, it blew up in your fat face, troll.