To the Editor:
Dear Mr. President,
You’ve rather perplexed me, sir.
Six years ago as a U.S. senator, you announced that you opposed “the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”
You rightfully upbraided the Bush administration for “a debt problem,” dependence on foreign assistance, “reckless fiscal policies” and continually shifting “the burden of bad choices ... onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.”
Simply put, “Americans deserve better.” You were right.
Yet, here we are, five years and $8 trillion of additional debt later and you’ve again spent past the debt ceiling of $16.4 trillion.
What happened, sir?
Did you change your mind about the dangers of excessive unfunded spending?
Did you suddenly realize that hard, necessary, responsible choices were more difficult than punting the rusty old can — and our children’s futures — down the barren road?
It’s clear you haven’t forgotten about the future.
For instance, you addressed climate change in your inaugural address, mentioning that we have an obligation not just to ourselves, but to posterity. You correctly stated that a failure to act would “betray our children and future generations.”
Why does that same logic not apply to the burdensome debt currently betraying our future generations?
You were right in 2006; these spend-now, pay-later policies were bad for posterity under Bush and they’re even worse now.
Get us back on track with responsible spending.
After all, as you once asked, “If we can’t aspire to something better, then why get into politics?”
Mr. President, sorry to leave so soon, but I must balance my checkbook.