If everything is an emergency, then nothing is.
Back in February, President Obama requested $1.9 billion to fund the fight against the Zika virus. Maybe you, the reader, are inclined to ask exactly where this money will come from. It is a valid question, especially considering America’s crippling debt.
Congressional Republicans have been apprehensive about writing President Obama and his administration a check, much to the chagrin of Democrats who are criticizing Republicans for their delay. Perhaps the fact that Republicans have not yet acted upon the president’s request looks like a political game on its face. However, some GOP members are not playing along, and are encouraging the Republicans to give the president his $1.9 billion.
Here is the cold hard truth: Republicans don’t trust this administration with our own money, or even with borrowed money. Under President Obama, trillions of dollars have been added to our national debt, and there is no end in sight to America’s borrowing.
In one of his recent shows, Bill Maher suggested that no economist thinks debt in itself is bad. He doesn’t quantify his claim, but let’s assume for the sake of argument that it is true, and that it has been the operating principle for this administration. Because of a belief that debt isn’t bad, or that all policies are worth funding by the use of a credit card, we are now approaching a national debt of $20 trillion. That’s $20,000,000,000,000.
All we have to do is look at Greece and Puerto Rico, who have functioned on a “debt is not bad” principle and now find themselves broke, to see where this never-ending cycle of debt could lead us.
Those cases are the extreme application of a “debt is not bad” principle. I can understand and even agree with Maher, to some extent, if he means that certain things are worth paying for even if they cause our debt to grow. But the Obama Administration has been operating based on a principle that everything is worth growing our national debt.
That is how we have gotten to where we are, with many in Congress apprehensive to take out yet another loan, even if it is for a health emergency like the Zika virus. And Democrats have no one but themselves to blame.