The purpose of the office of the U.S. president is to ensure the welfare of the American people, not to ensure a particular political agenda is instituted.
President Lincoln knew this when the nation engaged in the Civil War. It would have been easy to continue the status quo, but the president realized that change was necessary to protect the welfare of all the people, not just a select few.
Today, President Obama faces another crisis just as devastating as slavery and states' rights issues were during Lincoln's time. The issue is economic recovery. Maintaining the status quo will only enslave future generations with the current escalating debt.
This is not a time for political Ping-Pong; decisive action must be taken.
Mr. Obama should establish a committee made up of business leaders, not politicians. Leaders like Ross Perot, T. Boone Pickens and Lee Iacocca all have proven track records of maintaining businesses through difficult times and are ideal picks. Give this group the economic information available, let them create a recovery plan, and then let Congress decide on whether it will vote the plan into law.
Talk of increasing the debt ceiling is absurd. Can anyone actually think that an American family, maxed out on their credit card limits, would be better off by having those limits raised? Of course not. Common sense would preclude such poor financial management.
So it is with the United States. It is time for sound reasoning and thoughtful evaluation without concern for the political pandering occurring today. It is time for tough decisions. Mr. President, lead the nation you chose to serve.
ED J. MULVANEY JR.
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