I’ve often wondered, why do they call it the “debt ceiling?” It does have an interesting ring to it, kind of on par with the “glass ceiling,” so when politicians talk about raising the debt ceiling, in some ways it does evoke familiar imagery of a barrier that should be broken through, and rightfully so.
At least, that’s how it works in Washington, depending on which party is in power at the time.
After all, as the conservative punditry has pointed out time and time again, it was Senator Barack Obama who, back in 2006, said that raising the debt ceiling under George W. Bush was “a sign of leadership failure,” going on at great lengths about how our federal debt puts our nation in jeopardy, and how, at eight trillion dollars (“that is ‘trillion’ with a ‘T'”), our ballooning federal debt “is a hidden domestic enemy.”
Many – typically media pundits and Democrat politicians – have questioned why, if Tea Party conservatives were truly so outraged about the federal debt, they weren’t marching in the streets when George W. Bush was president. The answer is painfully simple: the enemy isn’t hiding anymore. Our debt has risen more swiftly under President Barack H. Obama than under any prior president, to the point where, under President Obama’s own failure in leadership, our federal debt has risen more than it ever did under all past presidents combined. In 2006, President Obama gave his speech when our debt was at eight trillion. Today, nearly five years into Obama’s presidency, our debt just crossed the $17 trillion mark. That’s still “Trillion” with a “T,” by the way.
President Obama was right back then. Our federal debt is a great moral wrong. We are foisting a burden upon our children which our nation might never be able to repay.
A few weeks ago, the president had the gall to tell our nation that “raising the debt ceiling…does not increase our debt.” While, technically, the president is right, it should be surprising to no one that as soon as Congress raised the debt ceiling and ended the government shutdown, our debt took a sudden jump.
The debt ceiling is a misnomer – in reality, there is no such thing. Our debt is a pit – a pit that we may never be able to climb out of – and each and every time the politicians increase our debt, they dig that hole deeper. The politicians in Washington are like the serial killer from Silence of the Lambs. They have thrown all of us in the pit, and then they stand above us saying “it puts the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again.” We can either take what they’re dishing out, or be berated. They will turn their media attack dogs on us, drag our names through the mud, belittle us, denigrate us, and never look back. This is why a Senator like Ted Cruz is such a threat to them – a man who will take their beating, and then come back with a statement like “I’m not serving in office because I desperately needed 99 new friends in the U.S. Senate” is the hypocrites’ worst nightmare.
The problem for America is that it takes more than 3 or 4 Senators to make a real difference…and it doesn’t help any when they’re constantly being shot in the back by their allies.