Our nation stands mired in debt – more than $20 trillion in debt, in fact. That works out to more than $60,000 for every man, woman, and child in America. At Tea Party Patriots – which was created in 2009 to fight for greater economic freedom, greater personal freedom, and a debt-free future – we find that unconscionable.
Let’s be clear on what that debt actually represents: It represents theft from future generations. It’s money our government spends now, to fund current government programs, to benefit American citizens now, financed by taking money from future generations who have no say in the matter. We don’t “borrow” money from people who haven’t yet been born, and no one in the federal government asks children today if they mind if we “borrow” from their piggy banks with a promise to pay them back later. Without their permission, it is wrong to call it “borrowing.” Without their permission, it is theft, pure and simple, and it is immoral.
Our nation’s long-term fiscal health is on the line. Despite promise after promise, and campaign after campaign, Washington cannot seem to find its way to getting its spending under control. But things are different now. We are encouraged that last year, the American electorate decided it had had enough. The electorate voted to send a message to Washington, in the form of President Trump, a leader whose most fundamental campaign promise was to “drain the swamp.”
The upcoming vote to raise the debt ceiling offers an opportunity to change the way Washington does its business. As such, let’s urge President Trump and Congress to worked together, address the nation’s long-term debt, and pass legislation to increase the debt ceiling only if that legislation includes in it significant spending reform.
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The national debt now stands at $20 TRILLION.
That’s more than $60,000 for every man, woman, and child in the country.
To pay the interest on that debt, the federal government will spend $266 BILLION in fiscal year 2017.
Our national debt is now bigger than the gross domestic product, the total of goods and services produced by our economy.
Excessive debt slows economic growth, reducing opportunity and wages for all Americans.
Excessive debt reduces and delays investment in our economy.
Back in 2011, when Democrats controlled both the White House and the Senate, House Republicans were able to negotiate a deal that included $2.1 trillion in spending reductions in exchange for raising the debt ceiling a similar amount – a $1 spending reduction for every $1 debt ceiling increase.
But today, with Republicans in control of the White House, the Senate, and the House, they’re talking about raising the debt limit by $2 trillion WITHOUT ANY SPENDING REDUCTIONS AT ALL.
Virtually EVERY major deficit-reduction deal over the last three decades was tied to the debt ceiling.
The American public stands overwhelmingly OPPOSED to raising the debt ceiling. In a June survey, American voters oppose raising the debt ceiling by 57-20 percent – that’s almost 3-to-1 opposition.
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