Terry Paulson

So when the GOP was "blamed" for the shutdown and failure to extend the debt limit, they should own it: "Darn right, it's stop big government now when we can still get control of our budget or stop it later when entitlements are further out of control. It's time to put an end to President Obama's blank check."

As then Senator Barack Obama said in March of 2006: "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 US 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 onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership."

He was right then and wrong now. President Obama may claim he's won this round, but Americans will keep losing their freedoms and increasing their debt until voters and politicians go beyond words to put an end to Washington's blank check and entitlement giveaways. The fight isn't over. Demand more America.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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