Bloomberg News reports
President Barack Obama, calling current deficit spending "unsustainable," warned of skyrocketing interest rates for consumers if the U.S. continues to finance government by borrowing from other countries.
"We can't keep on just borrowing from China," Obama said at a town-hall meeting in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, outside Albuquerque. "We have to pay interest on that debt, and that means we are mortgaging our children's future with more and more debt."
Holders of U.S. debt will eventually "get tired" of buying it, causing interest rates on everything from auto loans to home mortgages to increase, Obama said. "It will have a dampening effect on our economy."
The president pledged to work with Congress to shore up entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare and said he was confident that the House and Senate would pass health-care overhaul bills by August.
"Most of what is driving us into debt is health care, so we have to drive down costs," he said. [...]
And whose bright idea was it to submit a $3.6 trillion FY2010 budget to Congress that would generate cumulative deficits of $9.3 trillion between 2010 and 2019, put the government's bailout program on steroids, and (secretly) abolish welfare reform all while pushing for national bankruptcy-inducing universal health care?
The president doth protest too much.
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