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The only debt I can care about these days is my own

July 28, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve delved too deeply into a political discussion here, and that’s been a conscious decision. I’ve really found myself thinking less and less about national issues as time has gone on, and I think this is a direct result of me thinking more and more about my own personal issues.

So when it comes to this whole “problem” of the debt ceiling debate, I have little to offer. It’s not that I haven’t been watching the news, or reading about what’s going on; it’s just that I haven’t been convinced by anyone at all that I should care about the National Debt more than my own personal debt. The National Debt won’t bankrupt me, while mine certainly could. And I don’t have a debt ceiling I can just change whenever I want, so my creditors still expect me to pay what I owe as soon as I’m able.

This includes, by the way, the holder of my student loans – the United States Government. In fact, they seem to be rather keen on me giving them all the money I owe. So it should follow that the leaders of the United States believe in debts being paid. Thus, the United States should work towards paying down its debt, and not accruing more if it can help it.

That said, in this case it really can’t help it. The money’s been spent, so the debt ceiling needs to be raised. The question for me then isn’t should we do so, it’s what must we do afterwords. Some will say that this is what the debate has been about all along, but I don’t believe that. If it were, the debt ceiling would be raised already and we’d be having a different debate entirely.

At the center of that debate would be taxes (as conservatives always want to make it), and why we should or why we shouldn’t raise them. You may have guessed by now where I stand. It’s ridiculous to assume that we can pay down the National Debt through spending cuts alone, especially when cuts to the the Military budget are perpetually off the table (suggesting to me that no one in Washington is serious about this at all).

Oh, and I don’t want to hear about how hard it will be to pay off my debts if my taxes go up – because that’s bullshit. My taxes won’t go up that much at all. And besides, regardless of what my taxes are I’m the one who controls my budget (or lack thereof). I know how much money I have coming in and that dictates what I’m able to spend.

If I want to spend more I’ll have to make more, it’s that simple. I can’t just cut my budget and get rid of expenses like the food I need to eat or the shelter I need to live in. That Republicans would suggest that we as a country do that to our poorest citizens instead of tapping into money that richest don’t really need anyway is all I need to know about where they stand. And where I stand is pretty simple too. I’ve got bills to pay for now, and my votes are all I’ll need to speak for me in the future.

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