Jul 23, 2011

Obama On Leadership

"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 can not 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

It is both ironic and hypocritical that Barack Obama now feels that as President it is his duty to raise the nation's debt ceiling thereby pushing our nation even further towards the brink of default and placing the burden on the backs of our nation's children and grandchildren.  It was George Bernard Shaw once said that  "When a stupid man is doing something that he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."   

Barack Obama says that leadership means that "the buck stops here", but does Mr. Obama himself truly understand what leadership is all about?   Before you even think of answering that question, just ask yourself which is a desirable attribute of leadership, ethnicity or meritocracy?

There's hardly anything worse for the morale of the nation than having a leader who practices the "Do as I say, not as I do" philosophy.  I was shocked, but not surprised that Barack Hussein Obama would use the threat of cutting off social security to our nation's seniors rather than leading by example.  This is not leadership, this is tyranny.

Perhaps it is high time that both Obama and Congress lead by example and be willing to cut their own lavish salaries and benefits.  President Obama could take the first step - the White House has 454 employees who's combined salaries come to an astonishing $37.1 million dollars a year.   More than one-third of the White House staff earn better than $100,000 a year!  That is more than double what the average American makes a year!   The median income in the United States is $46,300 a year and statistics show that 50 percent of the population live on $46,000 or less a year.

Our nation's leaders seem to be more interested in serving themselves rather than the country and that my friends is the crux of our problems.  How many of you got an 83% raise in pay last year?

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