To the editor:
In the beginning ...
God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was (or became) formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep and the spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Many, many, many, many years later, God created Barack H. Obama. The wisdom of this event remains yet to be determined.
I submit for your consideration the following facts:
When asked to consider voting to raise the national debt ceiling, the then Sen. Barack H. Obama said it was not necessary as the need to raise it reflected a lack of fiscal responsibility and was incompetency on the part of the USA leadership. Senator Barack H. Obama voted NO! Do not raise the debt ceiling!
Fast forward a few years and a few incremental debt ceiling raises later, guess what? The now President Barack H. Obama said it was reckless, irresponsible, and unpatriotic to hold the debt ceiling hostage and not raise it per his request. This looks like a 180 degree flip-flop to me.
Lets examine the national debt a little more closely. On Dec. 31, 2008, the national debt stood at $6,369,869,476,000. On Sept. 30, 2013, the end of fiscal year 2013, the debt stood at $17,000,000,000,000 (trillion). This was exactly 2,100 days (or 181,449,000 seconds) later. Do the math.
Simple division reflects an average increase of the debt of $58,587 per second, 24/7/365 under the leadership of President Obama. Senator Obama said this reflects incompetency and is unpatriotic. All of this additional debt in spite of some significant tax increases. Now I ask you, was Sen. Obama or President Obama telling the truth? One of them was not, for certain! I recall Congress attempting to impeach President Bill Clinton for lying. What is the difference?
Recently, on national TV, Rep. Nancy Pelosi stated there is nothing more to cut and also stated there should be no debt ceiling, at all. This lack of intellect is inexcusable. Nothing to cut? How about several hundred overseas military bases? How about some of the sixteen different agencies of the American intelligence apparatus? In the event you doubt this, Google up the United States Intelligence Community. This is 16 in addition to the military intelligence program. The US intelligence budget for 2010 was $53 billion. No wonder we have the capabilities to spy on so many millions of the citizens of the entire world.
Do you think we can continue to waste in the neighborhood of 50 percent of our annual expenditures to continue being the world's police force? I think not.
I urge every eligible voter to vote and vote wisely. We need total change in Washington, D.C., and we need it soon!
Robert E. Workman