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November 8, 2013
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Letter: Review Obama's political stand on issues

Ideology shift from Obama?

With all due respect, I would like to remind our friends on the left side of the political spectrum that President Obama’s ideology and tactics were not dissimilar from that of the Tea Party — until after he got elected.

In 2006, while he was a senator, Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling. Joining his phalanx in this move was Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Ron Wyden.

The junior senator from Illinois also lectured us that “Raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure” and Washington was “... shifting the burden of bad choices onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.” In 2007 and 2008, he also failed to vote to raise the national debt ceiling.

In 2008, while running for the presidency, he again took a Tea Partyesque position by announcing that increasing our national debt was “unpatriotic” and “irresponsible.”

Our president likes to disparage the ideology and tactics of fiscal conservatives. However, if one studies his senate voting record and his campaign speeches, Obama might just be mistaken for a loyal member of the Tea Party.

Roger Shaffer


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