Last week, I wrote a post pointing out that the Tea Party thinks it knows best. In it I highlighted a comment made by NBC News chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd about the Tea Partyers who have controlled the debt-ceiling debate. “[T]hey come in,” he said, “with their own information, their own set of facts, and educating them on the debt ceiling has been much more difficult ’cause they already believe they know.”
Enter Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) to prove it.
During an interview with Andrea Mitchell yesterday, Broun said he had introduced legislation to lower the debt ceiling. You read that right. wants to lower the amount of money the federal government can borrow. As Mitchell correctly pointed out, “[T]he debt ceiling is being raised to pay for money that has been appropriated by this Congress and previous Congresses.” She added, “You’re paying for what has already been charged, not for future expenses.” The second-term congressman countered.
Well, Andrea, the thing is, when someone is overextended and broke they don’t continue paying for expensive automobiles. They sell the expensive automobiles and buy a cheaper one. They don’t continue paying for country club dues. They drop out of the country club.
And what of the people who are overextended and broke, but used their credit cards to pay for food, rent, medical expenses or other necessities? What do they cut?
Raising the debt ceiling now is a must for this nation to honor its commitments. If Broun and the Tea Party caucus want to battle over future spending, they can do it during the budget process. They could shut down the government in September if they want to. Fine by me. The nation could use some true, yet responsible belt-tightening. But at least the full faith and credit of the United States won’t be on the line.