Radtke On The Debt Ceiling

In my previous post on Monday, I wrote about the horrible prospect of shattering our current national debt ceiling of over $14 trillion.  There is no doubt that our nation is in serious trouble.  We cannot afford these record deficits and any attempts at spending cuts under this current Congress have been laughable at best thus far.

A few moments ago, I received an email from the Radtke campaign regarding her thoughts on this issue.  I’m glad to see that she and I are of a similar mindset.  As I’ve stated, we cannot spend our way to prosperity.  I haven’t found anything from the other candidates on this issue either on their websites or elsewhere, but I hope whomever we elect will work diligently to curb this outrageous spending.

In case you didn’t get the memo, I’m giving an open invitation to all the Senate campaigns; I welcome any and all information that any of you care to send.  Email me something interesting or something I agree with and, chances are, I’ll write about it.

Getting back to the main focus of this article, although I run the risk of sounding like a broken record, it is simply unfair to burden future generations with our current irresponsibility.

So here are Jamie Radtke’s thoughts:

Yesterday the U.S. government reached the federal debt ceiling of $14.294 trillion. The Washington Establishment consensus seems to be that we must raise the debt ceiling and increase the limit on the taxpayer credit card to as much as $16 trillion by some proposals.

There is an expression – “when you are in a hole… stop digging” – but the Washington Establishment and career politicians seem determined to dig us all the way to China. Congressional Republicans should refuse to raise the debt ceiling and should instead take the actual step of balancing the budget.

I have been traveling all over the great Commonwealth of Virginia and something I hear consistently is: don’t raise the debt ceiling and let’s live within our means. People outside of the Washington Establishment are feeling the effects of an irresponsible government every time they fill up with gas or buy groceries. The spending insanity must stop.

It is wiser to make the hard choices now, before the debt crisis explodes and wreaks uncontrollable havoc on our economy. Standard & Poor’s downgraded its credit outlook on the U.S. to “Negative” and has already warned us that business as usual spending approach cannot continue.

The real problem is finding leaders with the backbone to stop the immoral spending. Instead of actual cuts, current career politicians ‘promise’ cuts. However, we saw last March that Congress’ ‘promises’ are meaningless. During the budget negotiations the ‘promised’ spending cuts shrank from $100 billion to $353 million.

So it has fallen to a handful of principled conservatives in the House and Senate to tell Congress and the President: It’s time to stop digging!

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