Everyone knows what a short memory, or a convenient memory, that most Americans have.  They seem to forget a lot of extremely important details and events that occur one, two or three years ago, including myself, but I do remember a lot of things that people say or do years ago and sometimes decades ago.

 For example, I remember this saying like it was yesterday. “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 U.S. 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 on the backs of our children and grand-children. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.  Americans  deserve better.”

The above quote has been labeled by many as the quote of the decade if not this century. And this quote came from — you know who — Barack H. Obama.

He made this quote in March 2006. So what happened? We all know the answer.


Jim Frith

New Iberia

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