Step 1: Raise the debt ceiling. Step 2: Cut spending. It doesn’t work the other way.

So I called up my bank today and told them, “we have a spending problem here, and we need to do something about it.”  I told them, “my credit card is maxed, my spending is out of control, I mean look at my statement, $29 at Panda Express, $45 at Holiday, $20 bucks for a haircut?  Unless the bank does something about my spending problem, I am not going to be paying my mortgage or my Visa bill anymore.”

Silence.

Sounds pretty ridiculous doesn’t it?  But that is exactly what Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are doing about the debt ceiling.  The debt ceiling isn’t for future spending, it is for past spending.  Congress has already agreed to spend that money, and now Republicans are basically calling up taxpayers and saying, Congress has a spending problem, and the only way we can do anything about it is to become deadbeats and do what Donald Trump keeps doing and just quit paying the bills.  Sounds pretty ridiculous doesn’t it?

Here’s how you fix it.  Step one: raise the debt ceiling to account for what you have already spent.  Step two: cut future spending so you don’t have to worry about the debt ceiling anymore.  Hello? McFLy??

It isn’t that difficult.  Well maybe you need a step 1-1/2, get corporate money out of politics so politicians don’t spend money on crap to keep donors happy.

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One thought on “Step 1: Raise the debt ceiling. Step 2: Cut spending. It doesn’t work the other way.”

  1. Isn’t this really fraud ?

    What was the first piece of legislation that the House approved this term ?
    If you don’t know, Erik Paulsen’s press clippings provides the answer :
    “Rep. Paulsen believes that we must help those affected by Hurricane Sandy as quickly as possible, and voted for a $9.7 billion increase to pay federal flood insurance claims
    WOW … doesn’t that sound responsible … and helpful … maybe even a reason to consider voting for him for US Senate.

    Guess what Representative Paulsen fails to acknowledge … people bought insurance believing that the government-backed insurance would be there if an event happened … In 2011 alone, there were 58 Federal flood disaster declarations, covering 33 different states, costing over $8 billion and causing 113 deaths. Both the costs and the number of deaths exceeded the 30–year averages. The National Flood Insurance Program is underwater … it cannot pay its claims … so what does Representative Paulsen do … he votes to let NFIP borrow money from the US Treasury … yet, we all know that US Treasury is at its borrowing limit …
    That’s how we got into this mess … dishonest politicians.

    I hope that the US Senate takes the House bill and tacks a debt ceiling increase on … and forces honesty.

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