Debt Ceiling Debate is the MOST IMPORTANT issue before Congress.
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The most important issue before Congress is not health care or jobs but the Debt Ceiling! If Obama and his fiends are given more money then the jig is up for the United States. Our law makers must not allow this to happen. Make the cuts to keep within the amount of money coming into the government every day and then make the cuts to get us back in the black.
Any deals made with Obama and the Democrats can be and WILL BE broken the moment they have been given another piggy bank to raid.
Pay close attention to the comments by the politicians in this article and it will tell you exactly who not to vote for in 2012. I am assuming there will still be the “show” of a national election ion 2012 but if Obama gets more power now it is a fact that he will win the “for looks” election in 2012. It all depends on what our new elected Republicans can get the old dogs to do. Get on the phone people! If your congressman comes home see him at his office face to face with as large a group as possible and let him know you meant NO MORE SPENDING (that is also what Obama will call “investing” in our country.)
Be sure to go to the articles (Blue print) that the author recommends seeing. BB
January 24, 2011 4:00 A.M.
Republican lawmakers and presidential hopefuls debate the best approach to the debt ceiling.
There has been a lot of discussion recently about how Republicans, fresh off their monumental victory in the midterms, should approach the impending vote to raise the federal debt limit. It was reportedly a hot topic at the Republicans’ annual retreat in Baltimore. There has also been a considerable amount of nuance in the debate. For example, few politicians who say they’re “against” raising the debt ceiling actually mean it in the purest sense. Rather, the emerging consensus among GOP lawmakers is that Republicans should use the debt-ceiling vote as a “leverage moment” by agreeing to raise the debt limit, but only in return for serious concessions from congressional Democrats and the Obama administration, namely in the form of spending cuts. (This is so much BS People! BB)
White House officials, on the other hand, have denounced the “insanity” of “playing chicken” with the debt limit and have warned of the “catastrophic” consequences that would result if the ceiling isn’t raised. They argue that failing to increase the debt limit would cause the United States to default on the national debt. But not all Republicans agree with that assessment.
Potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates are divided on what to do about raising the debt ceiling — running the gamut from “absolutely not” to “yes, but only if . . . ,” and everywhere in between. Here’s a look at what some of them have had to say on the matter.MICHELE BACHMANN
Bachmann, along with Rep. Ron Paul (R., Texas), is one of the few Republicans in Congress to vocally oppose raising the debt ceiling under any circumstances. In a recent op-ed, she wrote that the upcoming vote is “one of the most significant challenges” facing the 112th Congress.
“Congress simply cannot continue to operate under the pretense of ‘gangster government,’ raising the limit upon our whim,” she said. “We aren’t going to find financial stability by allowing ourselves to fall further down the rabbit hole.” Instead of “giving ourselves an excuse to delay the inevitable” by raising the debt ceiling, Bachmann says, Congress should start to cut spending immediately. (Bachmann is a very smart lady and should be listened to but the old dog Republicans have done everything they can to push her to the side lines. Get behind her 100%. BB)
The Mississippi governor echoes the GOP consensus position. “I think [the debt ceiling] should be [raised],” he said in an interview with Fox News. “America would suffer enormous consequences.” Still, he urged Republicans to “use the debt ceiling as a tool” to bring down spending through forced concessions.
“This is a tool to get spending cuts,” he said. “To make the Left and anybody else understand [that] the debt ceiling is going to go up [only] when we have a plan that puts us on a path and doesn’t just say we’re going to do something, but starts making the cuts.” (Let us just leave this damned fool in Mississippi! BB)
The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations predicts a “war of nerves” between Republican lawmakers and the Obama administration over the upcoming vote. In a statement to NRO, Bolton said that contrary to the “disinformation” coming from the White House, refusing to raise the debt ceiling need not entail default. For instance, Republicans could pass short-term resolutions to keep the government funded, or simply vote to raise the debt ceiling in smaller increments, which would increase pressure on the president to make a deal. (This might be a possibility. Have the Republicans who have forever been stupid in the past stay the course and win the battle? BB)
“The responsible Republican position is that there will be no default on the national debt, and there will be no government shutdown,” he says, adding that Republicans should refuse to raise the debt ceiling “until the Obama administration agrees to binding commitments to reduce government domestic spending back to fiscal-year 2008 levels, if not even earlier if we can do so.”
In a statement to NRO, the South Carolina Republican says he will “continue to oppose any effort to increase the debt limit.” In fact, he says he’ll filibuster the vote “unless the Senate passes a constitutional amendment to force Congress to balance the budget without raising taxes.”Furthermore, DeMint doesn’t buy the administration’s doomsday rhetoric. “Those who say the sky will fall if we don’t increase the debt limit,” he says, “fail to recognize that the sky is already falling with all this reckless debt and uncontrolled spending.” (Stick with Demint! BB)
A spokesman says the former House speaker believes the debt ceiling “should be raised only if it is accompanied by significant spending cuts.”MIKE HUCKABEE The former Arkansas governor has urged Republicans to challenge President Obama over comments he made back in 2006. Then-senator Obama said that raising the debt limit was a “sign of leadership failure.”
“What the Republicans need to do is to not become the bad boys, but to simply take the president at his word, and say, ‘Mr. President, we certainly don’t think you’ve made this radical a change in just a few years, so we’re going to take you up on it. You were right then. Rarely do we think you’re right, but by golly, we think you’re right this time. We’re going to do what you suggested,’” he said in an interview with Fox News. (Let’s allow the Newt to continue teaching at the universities with the other “thinkers” and not “doers”. BB)
“Governor Johnson [the former governor of New Mexico] is opposed to increasing the debt ceiling,” a spokeswoman tells NRO. “Here’s why: One of the reasons for our outrageous deficits is the fact that debt ceilings haven’t been taken seriously in the past — and they need to be. If by not raising the debt ceiling, it precipitates serious spending cuts in Congress, then that’s a good thing.”
In an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, Palin said her position was likely to “get some people all wee-weed up.” (She was right.) The former Alaska governor denounced the administration’s request to raise the debt limit and pointed to President Obama’s past comments — that raising the debt limit was a sign of “failed leadership” and “weakens us domestically and internationally.” She argued that by supporting a debt increase now, Obama was “hell-bent on weakening America.”
“What Obama is doing [is] purposefully weakening America because he understood that debt weakens America . . . and yet now he supports increasing debt,” she said. (Sarah is my pick for president 2012 and I think she can win. she doesn’t have the “intellectuals” but she is talking the talk of the man on the street. All we have to do is get that man on the street mad enough to go vote and if he doesn’t have a job by 2012 he will. BB)
Paul’s position shouldn’t come as a surprise. On raising the debt limit, he falls in the “No, not under any circumstances” category. He has said the vote on the debt ceiling will be “an interesting litmus test” for the new Republican majority, specifically for freshman members closely tied to the Tea Party.
“If the new Congress gives in to establishment pressure and media alarmism about ‘shutting down the government’ by voting to increase the debt ceiling once again, you will know that the status quo has prevailed,” he wrote in an op-ed. “You will know that Congress, despite the rhetoric of the midterm elections, is doing business as usual.” (Really he is wrong here because raising the debt ceiling will not mean “doing business as usual” at all, it means Obama and the Communist have won the game. Stalin said that communist would crush America without firing a shot and this vote will be that non-shot. BB)
In a recent Washington Postop-ed, the former Minnesota governor urges Congress to refuse to raise the debt limit in order to “force hard choices now” on spending. But Pawlenty goes one step further, arguing for “dramatic” reforms to entitlements in addition to discretionary spending cuts.He says the White House is offering a “false choice between more debt and default.” If Congress enacts significant spending cuts and passes a law directing the Treasury to “sequence” and “prioritize” its debt payments, then default can be avoided. This, he argues, would be “only the beginning” of a larger argument over federal spending, debt, and entitlements. He thinks Washington should try what he did in Minnesota: “Set some priorities, and then cut funding for just about everything else.” (He is looking good for President too. BB)
Conservatives in Congress will not support an increase in the debt ceiling unless it is married to very real and significant reductions in spending in the short term and in the long term,” said Pence. “This country’s going broke. We’ve got to use the leverage of the debt-ceiling vote to demand that this administration and what remains of Democratic leadership in the House and the Senate work with us to change the fiscal direction of this country.” (Another old dog who is still playing the DC game. Let him hand around but certainly don’t put any stock in him. BB)
“The best way forward would be for President Obama and Senate Democrats to agree to spending cuts and budget reforms,” Thune said in a statement to NRO. (I was disappointed with this response from Thune as he was beginning to show me something. Guess we can just let him go back to the woods. BB)
Republicans will be taking their cue from President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Depending upon what the president says, we could see a clearer strategy begin to materialize. Either way, the vote will be a crucial political test for the GOP as it begins to make its case for the White House in 2012, whoever the nominee may be.
— Andrew Stiles is a 2011 Franklin Fellow.