Mike Needham

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

For the past two years, that has been the motto of the Obama administration. Rahm Emanuel’s candid statement as chief of staff drove the White House agenda. Using the fledging economy as their excuse, they broke through the traditional limitations of America’s government – take any and everything we can get from Congress and the American people.

Presidential hysterics and a rubber stamp Congress gave us an expensive (but non-stimulative) stimulus, a government takeover of health care and an ineffective financial overhaul. Every presidential plan drove us deeper into debt and expanded the strength and power of the federal government.

President Obama and his team used the “crisis” effectively, twisting America’s government into a form unrecognizable to our Founding Fathers. They warned of “double-dip” recessions, told the nation we had reached “the breaking point” and constantly reminded Americans we must “act now.”

The real crisis in our country is the threat to the entrepreneurial spirit that makes America great, posed by ever expansive and stifling government. As we approach our nation’s debt limit – an astounding $14.3 trillion – Washington should consider it a wake-up call as to what is at stake. Rather, the administration is imploring Congress to simply raise the debt limit and allow more and more unchecked spending.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress that they must raise the debt limit by the end of March. Mr. Geithner said failure to immediately raise the debt limit would precipitate a default by the United States, which would “have catastrophic economic consequences for the United States.”

According to The Heritage Foundation, there is “no risk of default” on the debt of the United States. Why, then, is the Obama Administration using such loaded language? The answer is simple: They want a blank check to carry out their liberal, big-government agenda.

Once we reject the politics of fear and cynicism and examine the facts, it becomes clear that Congress has time for full consideration and deliberation of our government’s spending. There is no reason to rush a decision on the debt limit, and Congress must use that time wisely. Less than a year ago, Congress raised the debt limit by a mind boggling $1.9 trillion and we’ve already blown through that increase.

President Obama and Mr. Geithner want us to do that, again.


Mike Needham

Mike Needham is the Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Action for America, a grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to advancing legislation that promotes freedom, opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.