January 16, 2011

Pawlenty Argues Against Raising Debt Ceiling - WSJ.com

The battle lines for the spending debate are drawn around raising the national debt limit. This IS a debate well worth having. Congress simply cannot continue to spend the country into oblivion.

"'You cannot defy the laws of gravity, and this issue of Obama's approach versus the austerity approach is a very important debate,' Mr. Pawlenty said in the Journal interview. 'President Obama is just wrong.'

Mr. Pawlenty also challenged Mr. Obama to explain why as a senator he opposed and voted against a debt-ceiling increase under President George W. Bush but now says that such a stand by Republicans is reckless.

In 2006, then-Sen. Obama said on the Senate floor: 'The fact that we're here today to debate raising America's debt is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means 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 and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit.'

His positions then and now are 'wildly inconsistent and reflect hypocrisy,' said Mr. Pawlenty."
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