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Much-Needed Tough Talk from Sen. Graham on the Debt Ceiling

Posted: January 1, 2013 at 3:05 pm   /   by

After the “fiscal-cliff” fiasco (still playing out), what comes next?  On New Year’s Day, in less than 5 minutes (video below), Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina laid out a strategy for the upcoming debt ceiling negotiations.

Graham is direct and blunt.  It’s nice to hear this kind of language for a change instead of the usual hackneyed GOP talking-point pablum.  Let’s hope the rest of Congress follows a forceful style and leadership strategy like Graham’s.

Parts of the senator’s remarks (paraphrased):

  • The Senate is a dysfunctional place. Everything in the House comes to the Senate to die.
  • Never raise the debt ceiling again until we understand why we’re in such debt and develop a solution to Social Security and Medicare.
  • The president is a small-minded guy in big times. The president runs pep rallies in the middle of a crisis.
  • Make the president face up to the fact that we’re spending our way into oblivion and dooming our children.
  • Message to the president: Man up and be the president the people want you to be.

David Leeper

David Leeper

David Leeper began writing for in January, 2011. His 40-year career in engineering includes senior- and officer-level positions at ATT Bell Labs, Bellcore, Motorola, and Intel. Now retired, he lives in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 44 years. Both are active in volunteer work and politics. David is a volunteer science teacher at Before WesternFreePress, he wrote for technical journals including Scientific American. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
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