Regrettably, the president has chosen to demagogue the Republican plan as “shortsighted” and “excessively partisan,” rather than engage with a responsible plan of his own. Meanwhile, the country is barraged with administration officials prophesying an economic doomsday as the Aug. 2 deadline approaches. That’s not leadership, hope or change.
Obama wants us to commit to a future of overspending fueled by higher taxes. We should reject that false choice, cast aside the hype and imaginary deadlines, pass a short-term debt limit increase and agree on a spending plan for 2012 that demonstrates the fiscal restraint the American people are demanding and have a right to expect.
The prosperity of future generations rests on the decisions we make today. It’s time for government to start living within our means.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, speaks with reporters in the Capitol after a speech on the Senate floor that accused the CIA of searching computers set up for Congressional staff for their research of interrogation programs.