"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is 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 and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006~
I agree with then-Senator Obama's quote. It pains me that not even a guy with those views seems to be able to move us towards a balanced budget.
Here's what I don't get: How can it be that everyone -- including the candidates -- shares the opinion that the deficit problem must be fixed, and yet neither of them is proposing a plan to accomplish that?