Republicans are willing to try almost any stunt to divert public attention from the Ryan budget fiasco that had brought Republicans the well deserved ire of Americans. Therefore they are scheduling a vote to raise the debt ceiling, which they intend to vote down. The purpose is to prove Democrats are the party that does not care about the debt, or that Democrats also support the draconian Republican cuts. Of course, neither is true.
A week after losing a Republican-leaning House seat, the GOP will schedule a vote on whether to raise the nation’s debt ceiling that they hope will show that Democrats are just as unwilling to increase how much the government can borrow without significantly reducing how much it spends.
Republicans, anxious from the loss in New York that was blamed on their efforts to cut Medicare, are eager to show voters that Democrats are also insisting on reining in spending and that it’s not just the GOP taking a knife to popular government programs.
The proposal to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling is not expected to pass and Democrats dismiss the vote as a political stunt. But Republicans say it will help force Congress and the White House to accept that significant cuts will be necessary in any bipartisan deal to raise the debt ceiling… [emphasis added]
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It only takes a brief glance at the chart above to understand that it is really the Republican party that does not care about increasing the debt. For them the debt is a straw man to disguise what they really care about: destroying Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and the rest of the safety net for the poor and middle classes to divert those funds into more welfare for millionaires, billionaires and criminal corporations.
The Democrats are serious about reducing the debt, but they want the rich to share in the sacrifices, something Republicans refuse to consider. Also remember that, according to the CBO, the only budget proposal that actually does reduce the debt is The People’s Budget, proposed by the Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party.
So when people you know bring this up, you now have the info to debunk this Republican use of smoke and mirrors.