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SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011

We all make mistakes

In 2007 the national debt was $9 trillion; today it is over $14 trillion. Last week, when Congress looked forward to the upcoming debate over raising the debt ceiling (our credit card limit), the White House put out a press release concerning President Obama’s previous vote on raising the debt ceiling in 2006.

At that time, Barack Obama said, “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. … 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.”

The president voted against raising the debt limit then and now wants to say that it was a mistake to vote that way. Well, I voted for Mr. Obama in 2008. I’d like you to know that my vote was a mistake. Can I please take it back? Let’s talk about leadership failure.

Rich Zywiak


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