"Thhe fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. 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 & grandchildren America has a debt problem & a failure of leadership. America deserves better."