Heidi Heitkamp Doesn’t Want Bigger Deficits So She’ll Vote To Raise The Debt Ceiling

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I had to laugh when I heard this news report from Senator Heidi Heitkamp who says she’ll vote to raise the debt ceiling because if we don’t we might add to the deficit.

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Senator Heitkamp must have gone to the Kent Conrad school of decreasing the deficit by spending more.

As for Heitkamp’s comments about damaging the “full faith and credit” of the US government by not raising the debt ceiling, that’s a bit of a bait and switch. Refusing to raise the debt ceiling doesn’t mean we’ll default on existing debt. Serving the national debt in the last fiscal year cost about $360 billion, or about $30 billion/month. That’s all we have to pay to keep from defaulting on the debt.

Much more painful would be the trillion or so in spending cuts we’d have to carve out of the budget so that we don’t add any more debt. We could do that and not default on the debt, but it would be hard.

And one thing politicians like Heitkamp don’t really want to do is make tough spending decisions.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Clarence A. Herz

    Hey Rob the only thing Heidi is going to do over the next six years is establish a record that will hopefully be used to defeat her. Don’t get in the way.

  • Bat One

    With that kind of “logic” you might almost think there’s a blond hiding inside her… or two!

    • kevindf

      “Math is hard!”

  • jimmypop

    she and her level of dumbness are going to be fun to watch for 6 years. talking shit about how your going to fix things and taking votes are two different worlds…. shes going to be in quick trouble.

    • brain trust

      She has all the intelligence needed to be a member of the dronecrat party.

    • schreib

      Considering the very dirty campaign she ran, she will fit right in with the other commiecrats.

  • zipity

    But…why did you use a photo of Joel Heitkamp in drag to illustrate this story?

    Very disrespectful Rob….

    *SNORT*

    • Poetry71

      As I’ve said all along, they ARE the same person!

  • sbark

    So low information voters do spawn low information politicians………The demand for telepromptors just went up….buy stock in that Company. She will have to be on a tight media leash, she maybe should have a training weekend with Biden or Clinton?
    Good thing dem’cats get elected for their innovative ideas and not a steady stream of Free stuff huh……..

  • Yacht7

    She will lose re-election 2018.

    Wayne Stenehjem 2018!!

    • camsaure

      Why in the hell would we want another RINO like Stenchjem?

  • matthew_bosch

    ND’s finest…
    All my faith is in Cramer.

  • ndoldman

    so much for that independant voice promise for ND in the campain. I’m in disbelief. a demacrat lied again?

    • two_amber_lamps

      Oh noes!! Teh Forum saiz she’s…

      “An independent spirit, Heitkamp will be first woman US senator from North Dakota” -Fargo Forum

      … obviously it must be true! All the news that’s fit to print….

      The quintessential “independent” so long as it’s in lockstep with the diktats of Hairball Reid and Comrade President.

      Doing what you’re told to do (despite the wishes of your constituents) is certainly independence, yes?

      2+2=5.

      • ndoldman

        The low info voters will fall for anything due to the indoctrination
        of our educational system that teaches what to think instead of how to think. we will pay the price and it already evident by her statement, next up will be the firearm lie, after all she comes from the same ilk as the nut bags special edd and brain dead joel who have a mick to spew mind numming bs

    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

      I am more shocked when a democrat tells the truth.

      • schreib

        Ha ha , good one. But I would never hold my breath. I don’t believe I have ever seen that happen.

    • schreib

      Ah, surprise, surprise.
      That’s what commiecrats do the best.

  • JW American

    so the Family owes 165,000 annually in CC debt and pays 3000 per month just to keep from being foreclosed on, so the solution is to borrow more?

    • jw-american

      sorry the family pays 30,000 per month to keep from being for closed on, good thin they just cut what 400 bucks the other night?

  • Guest

    Yeah she should hold the economy hostage with a debt deal, lower our credit rating, cause interest rates to sky rocket, and launch us in to another recession, which would lower tax revenues, increase eligibility for entitlement, and balloon the deficit!! I mean what is she thinking not holding the economy hostage for a radical right wing budget ideas that would in reality never pass through Congress and if they ever did pass would put us back into the Gilded Age society of the late 1800s once again.

    • JW-American

      If they prevail and win the debt ceiling debate and cut some expenses to actually make the country solvent again, those bond ratings will jump right back up to Pre-Obama AAA levels. Or we can raise the debt continue to spend like blasted out Billionaires high on Las Vegas cocaine, to a point where we cannot repay it, and watch the whole house of cards collapse under our feet.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    No one should be shocked, just wait till they find out that Heidi is a rubber stamp for everything Obumble and the democratic party. Her biggest chance to prove her wrong will be anything to do with gun control. I am sure that Harry Reid will try to give her cover if she needs it.

  • right is right

    It will interesting to see how many times Hoeven will vote the exact same way as Heidi. My guess more than not, Hoeven is a small “d” Democrat more than a small “r” Republican. Might as well have Conrad and Dorgan.

  • schreib

    Thanks ND voters who voted for this sorry excuse for a north Dakotan. She is nothing but a lapdog for this communist administration. She will be a “yes-man” to dirty harry Reid. Agh. She needs to be replaced, and soon

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