This Entire Debt Limit Discussion Is Outrageous!

A chart showing the number of Republicans who voted to raise the debt ceiling, under a Republican President.

Let me begin by making something perfectly clear: From 2002-2009, Republicans in the House and Senate voted to raise the United States debt ceiling 7 times under George W. Bush, a Republican president. Go check the record if you don’t want to take my word for it. They raised the debt ceiling with no worries, no concern, no filibusters, no problems, no mentions of “children and grandchildren”, or any of this right-wing rhetoric we seem to hear spewed every day from the Republicans here in the year 2011.

Republicans raised the debt ceiling in the middle of 2 wars which were costing the government about $400 million a week.
Republicans raised the debt ceiling after Medicare Part D was passed by Bush, which he had no means of paying for.
Republicans raised the debt ceiling after the Bush tax cuts had been signed into law, which ended up costing our government around $2.5 trillion over the course of ten years.

Yet these same Republicans had no concern about any kind of debt. NEVER did they even mention the word “debt” in the same sentence as George Bush’s name. So when it came time to pay the bills, they did it.

Fast forward to 2011. The president of the United States is a Democrat named Barack Obama. The debt ceiling once again needs to be raised, and congress has the obligation to do so. As a matter of fact, if they refuse to do so, the world’s top economists warn that it would send the American economy back into recession possibly worse than what middle-class working families are feeling right now.

So…do Republicans do what they’ve always done for years? Do they do the right thing and commit to raising the debt ceiling? Do they ensure the financial security of every day working Americans who don’t want to see another economic catastrophe? Of course not. They decide that since our president is black and belongs to the other party, that debt is suddenly a problem. And not only is debt a problem, it’s a huge problem. Huge enough that unless some drastic spending cuts are made, and we get our financial books in order, they aren’t going to raise the debt limit.

Okay fine…maybe we are spending too much. I mean we spend $4 billion a year subsidizing big oil companies that are turning record profits,  we spend roughly $1.415 trillion on defense every year, and tax rates on the top 2% of income earners are at their lowest levels since the 1950’s.

Oh what’s that? None of that is on the table? Those are non-negotiable? Well then what do the Republicans want?

They want middle-class and poor Americans to give up more of their Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in order to pay for massive tax breaks and corporate welfare. And if the Republicans don’t get their way, they’re willing to force an economic crisis that would hurt everyone. They hope to gain politically by this harming President Obama. They can’t lose. All they have to do is refuse to back down on these massive cuts, and Democrats will have to cave in. If they don’t, the blood will be on the president’s hands. Americans are largely uninformed, and when things go wrong, they aren’t going to look to congress, they’ll look to the president.

The Democratic party and the mainstream media have let the Republicans get away with this madness. They fail to point out everything in this article, and Republicans come off as serious about our debt. These discussions over raising the debt ceiling shouldn’t even take place. It’s not something that should be discussed. It’s compulsory. Republicans know this. They’re simply playing political games with your economic future, and that my friend, is disgusting.