Obama was against raising the debt ceiling as a Senator and even said having to raise the debt ceiling was a sign of failed leadership. That was 6 short years ago and now Obama and his party want to have full power to run up as much debt as possible.
(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said there was “zero” chance that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and then-Sen. Barack Obama would have supported giving President George W. Bush the power to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling, as they propose giving the chief executive today.
When negotiating to avert looming across-the-board tax hikes and spending cuts at the end of the year President Obama has asked for permanent and unilateral authority to raise the debt limit, in addition to calls for a $1.6 trillion tax increase.
During his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday, Boehner was asked if united support from Democrats, including Reid to the president’s proposal would complicate his efforts next year in the House.
“Do you think that Senator Reid or then-Senator Obama would have ever given to President George W. Bush the unlimited ability to raise the debt limit?” Boehner said.
“They’re talking about doing it now,” a reporter replied.
“I know they’re talking about doing it now,” Boehner said, jokingly. “Do you think there’s any chance that Senator Reid or then-Senator Obama would have done that?”
“Zero!” he said.
“Congress is never going to give up our ability to control the purse,” Boehner said. “And the fact is that the debt limit ought to be used to bring fiscal sanity to Washington, D.C.”