Raising The Debt Cap
By Elisha Dorfsmith
At last night’s Flagstaff Tea Party meeting, the question came up: What position should the tea party take on raising the debt ceiling?
If the three core values are any indication, the answer should have been obvious. The tea party defends Constitutionally Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility and Free Markets. After a little discussion, the consensus of the group seemed to be that the debt cap should NOT be raised. I have to admit that I was worried there for a second when the question was asked.
As the new congress is being sworn in today, we are starting to hear some funny things from the “conservatives”. Some are saying they need to temporarily raise the debt cap. Their fear is that the U.S. credit rating will fall through the floor if they can’t borrow money to make interest payments. Others are saying that they need to raise it just one more time, permanently. They must really think we’re gullible.
John Boehner, the new Speaker of the House, is telling freshmen Republicans to grow up and vote for the debt cap increase:
“Whether we like it or not, the federal government has obligations and we have obligations on our part.” He recently told reporters.
Of course, what he really means is that we must raise the debt limit in order to keep our unconstitutional undeclared wars going. We must raise the debt limit so we can continue nation building around the world. We must raise the debt limit to keep U.S. troops in over 140 countries as we maintain and grow our empire.
Cut spending and follow the Constitution??? Are you kidding? We just said we would do all that to get elected you silly tea partiers.
I know it’s a little soon to jump to conclusions but I think it’s a safe bet to say that the majority of the “conservatives” who were elected to congress will vote to raise the debt cap. If I’m wrong I’ll post an apology blog and send them some nice thank you letters.
After attending last night’s tea party meeting I have to say that I am a little concerned about the mood. While most members did oppose raising the debt cap, the passion was gone. I thought I sensed some trust. I hope that trust goes away when congress votes to shovel more debt on our kids. I am still as angry and upset as I ever was about the economic issues that are destroying our country. I am starting to notice a disturbing trend in the local group. I hear more talk about morality and religion (another rant for another time) than the core values that brought the Flagstaff tea party together in the first place . I don’t sense the anger anymore. Are members pacified because Republicans were elected? I sure hope not.
Please call your representative and tell them that now is the time to cut spending. Now is the time to shrink the size of government. Now is the time to follow through on those campaign promises.They probably won’t listen but we have to keep applying pressure.
I close with an excellent article by Ron Paul: