Never in the history of this country has Congress ever restricted the right of the White House or State Department to meet with representatives of a foreign state, even in wartime. If this measure passes, it will establish a dangerous precedent.
While I applaud my Republican colleagues for engaging in a discussion on the national debt, simple "back of the envelope" analysis demonstrates that spending cuts alone will never soundly address this critical economic issue.
We all know, liberals and conservatives, that the growth of the U.S. national debt is, to use a favorite word of our time, unsustainable. Americans owe, as of July 2010, more than $13 trillion to our creditors.