Political debate is mostly based on a difference of opinions or philosophical conflicts pertaining to specific events. That’s why it’s called debate. It’s the back and forth between two opposing viewpoints, between groups or individuals who believe themselves to be right and the other side wrong.
But then there are those moments when there shouldn’t be any “debate.” Some facts are simply facts, and no amount of spin can change that which is indisputable.
Case in point, the upcoming vote to increase our debt ceiling. This is a “no brainer.” The only requirement, really, is that those with the power to vote on the measure must actually have a brain.
The only thing increasing the debt ceiling does is allow the United States government to pay bills on money it’s already spent and agreed to pay. It has absolutely nothing to do with new spending.
To put it simply, it’s a credit card bill coming due and the bank saying “press 1 to authorize payment.” We’ve already spent the money. We’ve already signed the documents which promised we would pay the money. We even set up bill pay at our “bank” so that we can pay the money. The only requirement is that we authorize the “bank” to send the money.
Sure it’s a little more complicated than that, but that’s basically what it comes down to. The United States agreeing to pay bills it’s already promised to pay on money it’s already spent.
Yet, here are Congressional Republicans trying once again to leverage the vote on the debt ceiling into some kind of tool to “get their way.” The debt ceiling isn’t a bargaining chip. Not voting to increase the debt ceiling should be tantamount to treason. It would be the Republicans purposely sabotaging our economy.
Because they damn sure know the debt ceiling has nothing to do with spending bills or anything else other than a procedural vote to pay our bills. But that won’t stop them from trying to get pipelines built, entitlements slashed and, of course, Obamacare defunded.
“Can” Republicans hold the vote on the debt ceiling hostage? Well, technically—yes. But the fact that they’ve done it once and are threatening to do it again is simply inexcusable.
Like I said, it should be considered treason because there’s not one single logical reason why someone would vote against raising the debt ceiling. Well, not unless they were purposely trying to wreck our economy.
So essentially what Republicans have done with the debt ceiling is identify a tool which they hope to leverage to get their way, and by doing so they’re risking ruining not only our economy but the lives of millions of Americans.
And I won’t even get into the stupidity by some Republicans who are pushing for a “government shutdown” in another attempt to defund Obamacare.
It’s basically two sections of the Republican party competing to see which one can prove they know less about how our government is supposed to function.
Republicans—you lost. It’s the law of the land. It’s time to get over it. Now go out and enjoy the benefits of Obamacare while pretending those benefits aren’t brought to you—by Obamacare.
So by continuing to even hint at doing either of these things to try to leverage some kind of political victory, it proves how corrupt, unethical and immoral many of these Republicans truly are.
But most importantly of all, it proves their total incompetence to govern. When will we ever learn?