The simplistic, if understandable, answer to that question for many conservatives is right now. The national debt has surpassed our GDP, we're borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend, and our unpaid-for federal obligations already exceed $80 trillion. We're in dire straits; there's no escaping that. But there's also no escaping certain political realities: The public isn't feeling especially charitable toward Congressional Republicans these days, Democrats control 55 Senate seats, and this president will occupy the Oval Office for the next four years. If the GOP is seeking to apply pressure on the Left to improve our...
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The raise in the debt ceiling is going to happen, but if the Repub's are smart they can put a halt to the juggernaut right now. Tell the Dem's that they can have a modest increase, just enough to pay the current bills but we want a law guaranteeing that Social Security benefits are no longer subject to federal budget constraints. In other words, social security must be paid regardless of other obligations. Take away the sword. Now the fight gets put into perspective. Medicare/Medicaid reform, what about Obama Care? Do we really need all those regulatory agencies? ETC.
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