John McCain suggested that Tea Partiers were like Hobbits. I think that is kind of funny.
I’m not against saving money and paying fewer taxes, but I’m for things like roads and hospitals and schools and a military. I think that we could be a lot more careful about funding these public needs but I am not going to insist that we have to draw a line on debt just to stop taxes from increasing. It doesn’t seem to me to be the way to fix the problems we’ve got with overbilling and fraud. Those are our problems!
Here is a guy, Joe Walsh, a new Tea Party darling who is asking the President if he’s lying about the debt?
(Funny where he asks about the President threatening students with student debt- and Boehner cut Pell Grants as part of his bill)
Now here is a story about some of his problems with debt in the Chicago Sun Times-
The President probably cares an awful lot about whether the US defaults. But the budget is controlled by the Congress!
The problem I see with defaulting on our bills is these costs that we are being asked to pay- have been previously agreed to! In otherwords we aren’t paying for future investments by increasing the debt ceiling- we are just assuring ourselves that we can meet the responsiblities we already have!
If you read the bills that the politicians are promoting for lowering the debt you are going to see that even they have a hard time actually lowering debt because we’ve got such a knot when it comes to financing the US.
Maybe we should start with a rule that you can’t add amendments that cost anything to House or Senate bills!
But that would make the job of Congress more complicated wouldn’t it? And Tea Partiers want less government don’t they?