Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Déjà vu all Over Again

One of the first orders of business for the 112th Congress which will convene this week will be a debate on increasing the national debt limit. As of today the national debt surpasses $14 trillion. The statutorily imposed limit of $14.294 trillion was signed into law on 1 June 2010 a mere 7 months ago by President Obama. The president appears anxious to sign a new and increased debt limit as soon as it is passed by Congress in order to avoid what one of his advisors characterizes as a catastrophe involving a government default on its obligations and an inability to borrow more money.

The debate is likely to become contentious as "Some Republicans in the new Congress have said they'll seek to block an increase in the Debt Ceiling unless a plan is in place to significantly reduce federal spending and unfunded government liabilities on entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare." Your humble blogster's bluff detector has just gone off. Regardless of the sturm und drang, the political game of chicken will end with a hefty increase in the debt ceiling and the can will continue to be kicked down the road to the point of collapse wherein there will be no fools left other than the printers at Mr.Bernanke's Fed willing to bid on U.S. Treasury bonds.

Nevertheless, plan on hearing political speeches such as the following in the halls of the Capitol: 
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can't pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

The above are the words of Senator Barak Hussein Obama on 20 March 2006. Boys and girls; we are in DEEP doo doo.

5 comments:

Nick Rowe said...

Could I just have the 0.004 trillion?

BTW, I really like your new blog layout and color scheme. Very professional!

Goober said...

Let 'er collapse. It is going to happen anyway - mark my words. i'd rather it happened now so that we get it out of the way and my children don't have to deal with it.

sofa said...

increasing the national debt limit will be the first sign that the new GOP Congress is the other wing of the same party.

Solaris said...

Mm, RINOs. Ain't the phrase "Meet new boss, same as old boss" what we're looking at here?

@ Goober: I have difficulty refuting, but I think I'd prefer to let things rot and the people get angrier with the collectivists first. As it is, a decent chunk of 'em might blame anyone but Obama and I wouldn't like to see USA get 'upgraded' into the People's Republic of America.

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