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It Is Time to Fold up Congress’ Spending Circus

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We all know it is difficult to teach an old dog new tricks, but apparently it is even more difficult to teach an old politician new ideas. They are still rearranging furniture in their office in preparation for this session, and the new batch of beltway babblers are acting more like Bozo the Clown than fiscal hawks. But government should not be conducted like a circus.

Raising the so-called debt ceiling will let the government continue to spend like clowns while they distract the people with their dazzling spending ability. The reality is that the spectacle has become somewhat nauseating for some and conservatives are saying that the show is over.

New Speaker of the House, John Boehner has indicated he is ready to lead the charge to immediately cut spending in an effort to avoid hitting the latest arbitrary debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says that Congress has to vote to raise the debt ceiling or incur financial disaster when creditors to the US will no longer be willing to loan us money.

The Facts

Politicians have raised the debt ceiling 74 times since March of 1962. They have raised it 10 times in the last 10 years. The debt ceiling stands at almost $15 Trillion, and increases around $19 million every hour.

The Problem

If you are a creditor to the US Government, you assumed some level of risk. It is no secret that the US Government is paying off the debt with Chinese money, not American. So the argument that we somehow lose leverage with our creditors is nonsensical. If you were a creditor, would you rather extend your AAA ratings to someone who got a new credit card from another company every time he hit his credit limits, or someone who refused the temptation, made tough choices, and took responsibility?

Democrats talk of ominous implications resulting from cutting spending. Conservatives know that if the lights have to be turned off in some bureaucrat’s office, or some pork is denied, life will go on.

The Reality

Speaker Boehner has acknowledged that America need not default on her debt in order to live within her means Refusal to raise the debt ceiling is not tantamount to fiscal ruination, it is merely an immediate and firm resolve to cut spending, as this Congress promised to do. Senator DeMint says this is “The Showdown” we have been waiting for.

Politicians love to draw false parallels (if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, then our economy will collapse) in order to elicit fear in people to act as they would have them act. But this is a show. Not raising the debt ceiling simply means our government won’t borrow any more money. It doesn’t mean we won’t honor our obligations for what we’ve already borrowed. The American people are wise to this tactic now and won’t be partaking in the kool aid any longer, thank you.

The Politics

America elected Conservatives to fix the problem of spiraling debt and spending insanity. America no longer believes the threats of the left when they promise tragic results if conservatives don’t act in accordance with the spending they need to buy off the pet constituencies that they know they need to maintain their power base. Democrats know if serious cuts in spending take place, they will lose their base. That might be the only real “tragedy” here.

Those asking us to consent to raising the debt ceiling are asking us to trust them—again. This smacks of giving a heroin addict a syringe as they promise not to actually use it. They are asking us to trust the untrustable. This is our childrens’ debt. Americans are done with that and ready to fix the problem, not prolong it.

The Call

The American voters who just flipped Congress are ready to flip who ever else continues in this spending circus. Almost everyone agrees that if we can’t borrow the money government will have to cut spending. We are asking our government to:

1) Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment

2) Cut spending

3) Leave the debt ceiling at $14 Trillion

And this should highlight our conviction and spell it out for you if no one else has: Conservatives are asking if it is possible to lower the debt ceiling.

This debt ceiling is fake—it is really no ceiling at all. Raising it is more like raising the big top of a circus tent. Now if we can just fold up the tent, get the clowns out of there, then we restore our vision of the ‘Shining City on the Hill’ with economic stability and fiscal solvency. This is one show we just cannot let go on.

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  1. Having just logged on to this for the first time it is a late post. I have been writing on this general subject for a number of years and learning all the time. A balanced budget amendment will not be worth the paper it is written on unless we support it and if we support a balanced budget why the amendment? The outlaw is not constrained by the law but by the physical enforcement of the law. Had we been constrained by our Constitution we would not be in debt. It is not law that keeps you free of debt but management; The government was out of order by offering these solutions and we were out of order by accdepting them. Jereboam made Israel to sin by makeing a offering he had no right to make but Israel was the sinner because they accepted the offer. The government i s responsible for its unconstitutional offerings but the nation is guilty because it accepted those offerings and chose the political agenda that was promoting government take over of private responsibility.

    Someone has said that expenses always raises to to meet income. Debt is not income. Many a credt card holder has made the mistake of thinking becuse he could buy something with the card he didn’t need to control his spending. Therefore he used debt as capital to his own hurt. They maxed out their debt limit and then they were faced by the same demands plus the debt payoff; This is inescapable even by government so if we choose to overpasture the time comes when the pasture does not support everyone grazing on it;

    We forget that when we borrow money just like when we borrow a tool, we do not take title to the tool and we do not take title to the money but we do have the use of it; Like the inertia of the flywheel, debt has a smoothing effect in commerce but the power behind that inertia does not come from the flywheel but through the flywheel.

    Another way of looking at this is that debt is overhead and overhead is a consumer of energy. You car engine is a consumer of energy which you store as a liquid in your fuel tank which is like your bank account whith money being the liquid fuel that flows to your overhead which will include everything you consume that requires money.

    As the fuel flows though the motor it is consumed from the tank so, from time to time we have to add more fuel.
    Since debt is negative it does not add fuel to the tank because that is a positive addition. But the energy consumed by that engine is doing useful work we can afford its overhead. We just don’t see our economy working on the same law. I hope you can apply this anology to fiscal responsibility. Laws are somewhat like the saw guides to a lumber mill. They cannot force the saw to cut but they keep it from being deflected by irregularities and keed the cut in tolerance but if the saw is not properly set the cannot hold it to tolerance. The guides have nothing to do with the running of the saw; The dynamics of physics control how the saw runs. It also controls how our government runs.

    The problem wiil not be solved by the law because the law does not address this problem. It is just an arbitrary ceiling to a natural limitation; Something we should control in our own lusts and desires. The problem with a law is that it makes the law enforcer responsible and I am set free of that responsibility. Under liberty, which is not synonymous with freedom, I am responsible rather than the government and when the government tries to buy my vote I have a right not too sell it. When the government buys my vote it also buys my liberty. The Liberal mistakes his liberty for a right and, at the same time, a restriction on my liberty.

    Driving down the street the light turns red at the intersection and you stop while the cross traffic exercises its libberty to the right of way, then the light turns grfeen and you are at liberty to proceed. We are all have the right to use the streets but liberty governs right of way and fairness. We have confused some of these definitions, causing stress and misunderstanding but calling a liberty a right. Our freedom is not based on rights but on liberties.

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