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. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.