At stake are the most important questions: What is the right way for human beings to live? By what standard is anything true or good? Who gets to decide what? ... explicit in our ruling class's actions is the dismissal, as the ways of outdated "fathers," of the answers that most Americans would give to these questions. This dismissal of the American people's intellectual, spiritual, and moral substance is the very heart of what our ruling class is about. Its principal article of faith, its claim to the right to decide for others, is precisely that it knows things and operates by standards beyond others' comprehension.
IDEA 1 (from the Ruling Class):
It's so complicated that we can't explain it to you, but trust us we should raise the debt ceiling.
IDEA 2 (from Tea Party Patriots):
It's incredibly simple. There's no more money.
So do not raise the debt ceiling.
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... In 1917, Congress created the debt limit to control spending. Instead every time they “hit” the limit they’ve raised it. Like irresponsible teenagers they’re at it again for the 11th time in as many years.
Since 2000, the National debt has increased threefold to ... $130,000 per household.
Federal government spending has skyrocketed to nearly one quarter of the economy. The U.S. Department of Labor alone will spend approximately $1,250 per household this year!
Washington must stop overspending. If we can’t stop them now, when will we?
Gee, that sounds vaguely familiar. "If not now, when?" Must be one of those "outdated fathers (avot)."
I generally despise petitions, but I urge you to sign this one. I did.
Nota Bene: According to the US DEBT CLOCK, US Total Debt - that is, the total debt of Households, Businesses, State and Local Governments, Financial Institutions and the Federal Government - is nearly $55 trillion.
Divide that by the number of families in this country, and the debt per family is $669,640. These same families hold in personal savings about 1/100th of that amount... $6,995. Would you lend to one family with a balance sheet like that? How about 82 million such families?