As the debt ceiling debate rages and the rhetoric heats up
in anticipation of the 2012 presidential election, the Tea Party’s fundamentalist agenda becomes clearer. The Tea Party’s
current attempt to strong-arm those on its payroll to resist any type of
compromise regarding raising the debt ceiling shows just how willing the Tea Party is to advance its own agenda at the expense of the nation as a whole (Travis, 2011).
Due to lack of historical precedent, no one truly knows what will happen if the debt ceiling is not raised and the federal government defaults on its debt. However, one does not need to be an economist to understand the potential dire consequences. Interest rates may rise, government programs like Medicare and Social Security may suffer cuts, and federal civilian employees may once again be faced with the life-disrupting, nerve-racking likelihood of furloughs (except for our nation’s “leaders”, who will continue to draw their six figure salaries) (National Journal, 2011). In addition, stock prices will fall, which could have devastating worldwide effects and further suppress an already struggling domestic economy.
Yet, the Tea Party puppets don’t seem to be all that concerned about these potential dire consequences. In fact, it almost seems as if the Tea Party is going out of its way yet again to paralyze the federal government. Despite the assertion by the Tea Party that there is an “inherent benefit to our country when private property and prosperity are secured by natural law and the rights of the individual”, current and past Tea Party attempts to paralyze the federal government have done much to undermine the prosperity of the individual while ensuring the prosperity of those that bankroll the party’s existence (Tea Party Patriots: Mission Statement).
I agree with Tea Party assertions that the federal government must spend more responsibly. Our federal government should not be spending more than it makes and cannot continue to do so. Changes clearly have to be made. However, these changes have to be implemented responsibly. Raising the debt ceiling is obviously not the fix for what ails us. However, paralyzing the federal government by not raising the debt ceiling is not responsible change implementation either.
National Journal. (2011, May 27). Six consequences
of not raising the debt ceiling. Retrieved July 17, 2011, from
Tea Party Patriots: Mission Statement. (n.d.). Retrieved July 17, 2011, from Tea Party
Travis, S. (2011, July 15). CNN Politics.
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