The showdown countdown till Sunday's important decision on raising the debt ceiling is exposing some interesting character traits in both Republicans and Democrats. Democrats seem to be taking the line that they don't want to make significant cuts and are pushing to raise the debt ceiling. The line that both parties seem to tow is that if we don't raise the debt ceiling our country will default. The rhetoric sounds like a game of chicken to see who will jump first to cave on principle. Republicans claim to want a reduction in spending to reduce the debt, and if only for sheer principle of hating what republicans want, democrats want to fight them on that.
What I don't seem to understand why democrats want debt? Why do they want to spend so much money? In the midst of our country defaulting on our loans they are still talking about another trillion dollar stimulus and a bailout of greece as if we have that money to be spending. If I was about to default on my house I would not say, I need to go out spend more money. I would say, I need to stop spending before I lose my house. The idea of being homeless would be enough to scare me straight. With the leaders of our nation I don't feel they have such a fear. Their spending is their problem, not ours. Therefore, they need to solve the problem with their own resources and not through raising taxes. This problem is not America's problem, its is the politicians problem. Any solution that does not fix the problem on their own, without raising taxes, is to place the blame on the American People.
Church leaders constantly speak out again debt. It is a crippling institution that enslaves the debtor and empowers its creditors. The original constitution included provisions that the government was not to take on such debts. Our founding fathers understood the idea that in order to be a sovereign nation, we cannot be enslaved under the bonds of debt. Perhaps we should default so our country learns its lessons. As a person who went through a bankruptcy, I learned some powerful lessons I will never forget relating to debt and the feeling of oppression that comes with debt. Maybe the same will happen with America. 300 years ago, our founding fathers new that. Maybe this is a lesson that needs repeating every 300 years.