Dan Holler

Under President Obama’s leadership, our nation is on an unsustainable course. A debate over our nation’s debt ceiling is the opportunity for a course correction. Yet on Twitter, one left-wing pundit explained President Obama’s opposition to attaching spending cuts and entitlement reforms to the debt ceiling is all about “setting a precedent that extortion would not be tolerated.”

The political left in America has absolutely no interest in real entitlement reform. They have no interest in reducing spending. And they see any effort to do so as extortion. Perhaps if they spent half as much time coming up with real solutions as they do touting the benefits of a $1 trillion platinum coin, they could look the American people in the eye and say, “we're not adding to the debt anymore.” But hell no!

Jack Lew’s accession to Treasury Secretary will certainly continue that posture.

"Jack Lew said 'No' 999,000 times out of a million," Speaker John Boehner told author Bob Woodward. "At one point I told the president, keep him out of here. I don't need somebody who just knows how to say ‘No.’"

To be clear, Washington is full of bad ideas, and saying no is no vice. Senators such as Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) and Representatives such as Tom Graves (R-GA), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) frequently say no to the Washington status quo that results in more government and less freedom. The distinction is these conservatives bring ideas to the table – ideas that could save this country.

Instead of avoiding the debate, perhaps the left should remember what their hero said during his inaugural address four years ago:

“And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.”

Dan Holler

Dan Holler is the Communications Director for Heritage Action for America. Previously, he held numerous positions at The Heritage Foundation, most recently he was the Senate Relations Deputy. A Maryland native, he is a graduate of Washington College.