Conservative – Who gained the most from debt-limit standoff?
On Oct. 16, Congress voted to raise the debt ceiling and to end the government shutdown. Republicans voted 87 for and 144 against, and Democrats voted 198 for and 0 against. The problem is that this bill didn’t necessarily address the problems.
President Barack Obama just wanted to get a debt-ceiling increase and refused to negotiate. The bill itself didn’t solve the problems that got us there in the first place. Now this is my opinion of the bill, but obviously I cannot speak for all of the Republicans in Congress.
Many of them caved in and sided with the Democrats to vote for this. Why did they cave in? Why, after all of the Republicans in Congress were mad at the president for refusing to negotiate, did they decide to just agree with this? If the Democrats wouldn’t negotiate, then why should the Republicans? I understand that they needed to come to an agreement, but couldn’t they have made a stand for themselves? They negotiated by agreeing to fund everything else when they wanted to delay the implementation of Obamacare for one year. The government shutdown may have ended, but the American people are still suffering because of Obamacare.
What good is a debt ceiling if it can be raised? We should be cutting spending so that we don’t have to borrow as much. Don’t we have to pay this debt off? We can’t balance this if we just keep spending. Wouldn’t everyone just love to keep buying stuff and not pay off their debt? This problem isn’t over yet, because we will be having to deal with this again in fewer than 90 days.
Obama ridiculed former President George W. Bush for a $9-trillion debt. It is now reaching $17 trillion. Obama has tacked on $7 trillion of debt in five years — that is nearly double. We do not need more debt. It’s seriously time to stop spending and fix this.
Also, let’s take a look at the $80 trillion in liabilities from Medicaid, Social Security and Medicare. We need to reform entitlements and make them more sustainable. Military spending is a necessity, to an extent, because armed forces need it for their equipment and these are people who are sacrificing their lives for the country and fighting for a cause.
Quite frankly, there are Americans who don’t know what $17 trillion actually means to them and how it impacts their taxes, our lives and our future. We cannot have freedom and liberty with all of this debt.
Obama said there were “No winners or losers in this.” I disagree. The Democrats got what they wanted. The Republicans in Congress need to find a way to stick together. It is time to stop letting a few fringes tear them apart. The Republicans could have won in this, but they just threw it away. Will this hurt the Republicans in the next congressional election? They are all fighting for the same cause, but because they have different ways of going about it, they are failing and not getting anything out of it.
I am curious to see what will happen in three months, because we will be facing this crisis yet again. Really all this did was delay it until January. The U.S. has been the financial center of the world for a while, but in this direction, it is not looking so great. We need real reform to bring hope for the future of our country.