Only In Washington Does “Raise The Debt Ceiling” Mean “Paying The Bills”

Jay Carney April First

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney thinks Congress ought to “pay it’s bills” by raising the debt ceiling:

“There are only two options to deal with the debt limit: Congress can pay its bills, or it can fail to act and put the nation into default,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. “Congress needs to do its job.”

It’s nice that the White House seems to be finally acknowledging that they do, in fact, have to work with Congress on this issue (let’s be happy the “trillion dollar coin” idea is finally off the table), but since when is clearing the way for more debt creation “paying the bills”?

Shouldn’t we be honest about what it really is? We’re not paying bills. We’re spending more than we can afford, and delaying the paying of bills so that our children and grandchildren can carry the burden.

If we really wanted to pay the bills, we’d raise taxes on every American enormously to close our $1 trillion+ annual budget deficit. But, you see, we don’t really want to pay for all the government we get. We want to have lots and lots of government, and have someone else pay for it.

Like, you know, our kids and grandkids.

What a shameful era we live in.

Rob Port is the editor of 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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  • $8194357

    Facist political double speak………….

  • mickey_moussaoui

    How about cutting up the credit card and then pay the bills, Jay?

  • Randy G

    How long until Barry, Harry and the house idiots hit the $18 trillion dollar debt ceiling he wants?These fools are all of the rails insane. This money will never be paid back. Its not possible.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      The time has come for a million man tax march on DC. Wait untill spring. Bring a pitchfork. Occupy DC. Bring your tents, campers, vans, motorhomes…set up camp and do not leave. Shut down the government

      • realitybasedbob

        I’m pretty sure we did that last November, mouse.

  • Mike Adamson

    Since the debt ceiling applies to those funds already approved by Congress I think Carney’s response is more honest and accurate. Is the President responsible for spending money as per Congress’ instructions and intentions or not? Is he breaking any laws if he decides not to execute Congressional decisions? Are conservatives misleading the public by not calling a spade a spade?

    For shame.

  • Spartacus

    Only in Washington does the blame for congressional spending lie in the lap of the current congress instead of the fully loaded democrat congress that ran up the bills in the first place. Leave it to a democrat president to shirk the responsibility for that.

  • sbark

    just another example of the left controlling, or at least attempting to control the language and use that power to distort and confuse—-just another 3 shell game on the low information citizens who see a headline and read the 1st paragraph.

  • Goon

    I call it pissing our children’s futures away because they want to spend more. Start cutting fat.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Pissing futures away for our children? Obama and the left refer to that as making those kids PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE!

  • LastBestHope

    If we really wanted to pay the bills, we’d raise taxes on every American enormously to close our $1 trillion+ annual budget deficit. But, you see, we don’t really want to pay for all the government we get. We want to have lots and lots of government, and have someone else pay for it. Like, you know, our kids and grandkids. What a shameful era we live in.

    “I don’t believe the people I’ve met in almost every State of this Union are ready to consign this, the last island of freedom, to the dust bin of history, along with the bones of dead civilizations of the past. Call it mysticism, if you will, but I believe God had a divine purpose in placing this land between the two great oceans to be found by those who had a special love of freedom and the courage to leave the countries of their birth. From our forefathers to our modern-day immigrants, we’ve come from every corner of the earth, from every race and every ethnic background, and we’ve become a new breed in the world. We’re Americans and we have a rendezvous with destiny. We spread across this land, building farms and towns and cities, and we did it without any federal land planning program or urban renewal.

    Indeed, we gave birth to an entirely new concept in man’s relation to man. We created government as our servant, beholden to us and possessing no powers except those voluntarily granted to it by us. Now a self-anointed elite in our nation’s capital would have us believe we are incapable of guiding our own destiny. They practice government by mystery, telling us it’s too complex for our understanding. Believing this, they assume we might panic if we were to be told the truth about our problems.

    Why should we become frightened? No people who have ever lived on this earth have fought harder, paid a higher price for freedom, or done more to advance the dignity of man than the living Americans—the Americans living in this land today. There isn’t any problem we can’t solve if government will give us the facts. Tell us what needs to be done. Then, get out of the way and let us have at it.

    Recently on one of my campaign trips I was doing a question-and-answer session, and suddenly I received a question from a little girl—couldn’t have been over six or seven years old—standing in the very front row. I’d heard the question before but somehow in her asking it, she threw me a little bit. She said, why do you want to be president? Well, I tried to tell her about giving government back to the people; I tried to tell her about turning authority back to the states and local communities, and so forth; winding down the bureaucracy. [It] might have been an answer for adults, but I knew that it wasn’t what that little girl wanted, and I left very frustrated. It was on the way to the next stop that I turned to Nancy and I said I wish I had it to do over again because I—I’d like to answer her question.

    Well, maybe I can answer it now. I would like to go to Washington. I would like to be president, because I would like to see this country become once again a country where a little six-year old girl can grow up knowing the same freedom that I knew when I was six years old, growing up in America. If this is the America you want for yourself and your children; if you want to restore government not only of and for but by the people; to see the American spirit unleashed once again; to make this land a shining, golden hope God intended it to be, I’d like to hear from you. Write, or send a wire. I’d be proud to hear your thoughts and your ideas.

    Thank you, and good night.”

    Reagan – March 31,1976