The government came close to a shutdown, and now are Democrats portraying the debt ceiling and the need to raise it as a do or die for our financial future? Tea Party members and activists do not want Boehner to raise the limit.
Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) fears that the problem is that raising the debt ceiling will eliminate the urgency to cut spending. Raising the debt limit is one thing, but when it comes to budget cuts he says “if we don’t take a stand now I don’t know when we would.” The mentality for getting spending under control in Washington is “unless we have to do it we won’t do it. I guarantee you” says DeMint.
Within the Hill DeMint says the Democrats are “making it look like it’s a crisis if we don’t pass it and I’m afraid people will feel they have to pass this and fight the battle later.” The Senator also notes that Democrats think Republicans are probably too afraid not to pass the debt ceiling. But this is not like the government shutdown, “the general accounting office has found over 100 billion dollars in wasteful programs that we could eliminate in the next few months if we were really serious about this..But we’re not going to be serious about this if we just pass this debt limit and say ok we’ll pass it and deal with cutting spending later.”