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.

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?”

It should come as no surprise that a newsworthy story receives more media coverage when released on a Monday than a Friday. The reason is in part due to a large number of news-consuming Americans checking out for the week to focus on their weekend plans rather than the news.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck shared information that President Joe Biden decided to release on Friday — when fewer people would notice — regarding the Climate Finance report. This report is marketed to Americans as "A Roadmap To Build a Climate-Resilient Economy." But Glenn believes the report to be Biden's Great Reset warning shot to banks.

In this clip, Glenn warned that if Americans don't stand together, in eight years we all indeed will own nothing. Watch the clip for the full story. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.



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On today's radio program, Glenn Beck was joined by Bill O'Reilly to discuss the top stories of the week.

For O'Reilly, the biggest story this week centered around someone mysteriously missing from mainstream media news reports today: Mark Zuckerberg. Specifically, O'Reilly said it's the 'scandalous' way the Facebook CEO spent nearly $420 million to influence the 2020 election — and did so successfully.

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On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

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It seems the Left wants a civil war and some on the Right want a national divorce. The country is split right now unlike anything Glenn Beck has ever witnessed. There are two sides: Those who want to fundamentally change this country and those who believe in KEEPING the experiment of liberty that the Founding Founders intended.

The ideological gap seems impossible to cross, but Glenn explains why he won't secede. David Reaboi, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of "National Divorce Is Expensive, but It's Worth Every Penny," tells Glenn why a national breakup is not an impossibility just because it will be difficult.

What can we do to fight back … peacefully? How can the states that still believe in the Constitution create pockets of freedom in the shadow of tyranny? On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn answers that and provides a road map to preserving what the Left is trying to destroy.

Finally, James Simpson, author of "Who Was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today's Rampaging American Left," provides solutions on the issues the "red states" must unite around before Left and Right America officially call it quits.

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