Sprinkles from the Left

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“In an ideal world, the United States might not have run up a debt of more than $28 trillion; in the real world, it has. Another less-than-ideal reality is the 104-year-old law that periodically bars the Treasury Department from borrowing more funds to cover previously approved outlays without a new act of Congress…

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), however, has announced that his caucus will not back a debt-limit increase this fall, in response, he says, to the Democrats’ party-line enactment of a $1.9 trillion debt-funded covid relief package in March, and to their plans for a $3.5 trillion ‘human infrastructure’ plan via the same procedure in the near future…

No matter that the debt ceiling enables the government to service the entire U.S. debt, including the amount that was run up because of tax cuts and spending increases when the Republicans controlled both Congress and the White House under President Donald Trump…

Democrats could, and maybe should, have gotten the debt-limit business over with in March, as part of their covid package. Faced with Mr. McConnell’s partisan trolling now, however, they are responding in kind, leaving the debt ceiling out of their $3.5 trillion party-line anti-poverty and climate blueprint, as well as the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package…

All of the above makes perfect sense, under the passive-aggressive rules of the Washington game. On a substantive level, though, it’s somewhere between embarrassing and dangerous.”

–Washington Post Editorial Board

“When Donald Trump was in the White House, and the GOP controlled Congress, the debt ceiling apparently was less of a concern. The cap on government debt was boosted under Trump first in late 2017 for three months in a deal with the Democrats. That had to be raised again — thanks to the GOP’s huge tax cuts for the wealthy and businesses — as part of a broader spending bill he signed in 2018. Then, after Democrats took control of the House in 2019, Trump signed a budget that suspended the debt ceiling, then $22 trillion, entirely until this July.

We’ve clearly passed that point on the calendar by now — and Republicans have suddenly started warning that they won’t support another boost to the debt ceiling. “I can’t imagine there will be a single Republican voting to raise the debt ceiling after what we’ve been experiencing,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told Punchbowl News in July.

Bear in mind that raising the debt ceiling doesn’t approve more spending or even endorse old spending — it just allows the U.S. to keep paying the debts that have already been incurred and raise more money to pay for federal appropriations.”

–Hayes Brown, MSNBC

Sprinkles from the Right

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“Democrats run the White House and all of Capitol Hill, and they keep telling everyone they can pass a $3.5 trillion spending bill with 50 Senate votes and nary a Republican. Then why are they ducking responsibility for raising the U.S. debt limit that would let them finance their unprecedented spending?…

The obvious step is for Democrats to include a debt-limit increase as part of the budget resolution they plan to pass in the Senate… They can pass the budget with 50 Democrats, plus Vice President Kamala Harris, and Republicans can’t stop them.

Yet the $3.5 trillion resolution includes everything except the debt-limit increase. Democrats plan instead to pair the debt limit with a short-term spending bill after Labor Day designed to keep the government open after Sept. 30. This means that Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will have to deliver at least 10 GOP votes to overcome a Senate filibuster…

Mr. McConnell is resisting these threats, and rightly so… If Mr. Schumer and Mrs. Pelosi can’t round up the votes for spending $3.5 trillion and raising the debt limit, then lower the spending to make the budget and debt increase more palatable to swing-state Democrats.

Either way, Republicans are under no obligation to help. If Democrats want to jam $3.5 trillion through on a partisan vote, they can raise the debt limit on a partisan vote too.”

–WSJ Editorial Board

“Let us be honest. Washington’s weighty annual debt is not the result of one party’s fiscal irresponsibility, but rather of both parties’ marching the country into insolvency together…

For too long Republicans have played a complicated game of supporting popular appropriation bills while opposing the debt-limit increases made necessary by excessive spending.

Republicans spend like Democrats in Washington, D.C., during the week. But when they return home for the weekend, they boast to their constituents of voting against another debt-limit increase, in an effort to bolster their conservative bona fides.

This is hypocrisy of the highest order on the part of those elected to represent the American people.

We Republicans have had great success over the years running on promises to bring fiscal responsibility to Washington. It’s a noble goal. Saddling future generations with crushing taxes, rapidly rising interest rates, and diminished chances of paying off our irresponsible spending violates our sworn duty as lawmakers, and it’s also flat-out immoral. Yet we are the party that routinely caves when big-spending bills come to the floor.

Accordingly, I strongly urge my fellow Republicans to join me in voting against appropriations bills and debt-ceiling increases until we return to budget caps and the sequester…

Against the backdrop of the Democrats’ recklessness, Americans are looking to Republicans now for principled leadership. Let’s honor hard-working taxpayers by opposing wasteful spending.”

–Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), National Review