A Debt Ceiling Deal That Is Detrimental for America Essay

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After months of argument, temper tantrums, and harsh rhetoric, Congress made the monumental decision to pay America’s bills – generations of debt obligations. Since 1960, “clean” debt ceiling legislation has been passed 78 times: 49 times under Republican presidents and 29 times under Democratic presidents. This time the debate and the decision making process almost led America into default as the Republican Tea Party members of Congress gambled with our economy.

It didn’t have to be this way. Congress voted on a clean debt ceiling increase on May 31, 2011 to prevent this crisis. That legislation had my support, but it was overwhelmingly defeated by Republicans and Democrats. After weeks of inaction by the House Republican majority
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By holding the U.S. economy hostage to an increase in the debt ceiling hostage, the Tea Party Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives imperiled millions of jobs, businesses, and the economic well-being all Americans.
I am not alone in this sentiment. A nonpartisan publication, the National Journal, declared that America has “entered a new era of government at gunpoint.” I also agreed with Wall Street Journal editors who criticized the House majority’s conduct during this process by saying, “Republicans are not looking like adults to whom voters can entrust the government.”
The legislation that House Republicans forced on the White House and the American people will slash trillions of dollars of investments at exactly the moment when more investment is needed to prevent the U.S. economy from sliding back into recession. Education, infrastructure, health research, public safety, clean energy, and every other middle class priority will see cuts as a result of this bill. Unfortunately, many Americans, particularly women and children, who depend on emergency nutritional support from Women, Infants and Children (WIC), use Head Start as an early childhood learning center for their children, or depend on a community clinic for health care will also see deep cuts to these valuable community services.

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