Obama should confront Republicans with the $6 trillion in new federal debt they’ve voted for
In the coming tug-of-war over the debt ceiling, Congressional Republicans are counting on the likelihood that most Americans don’t realize that these same GOP lawmakers voted last year for $6 trillion in new federal debt.
But Matt Miller is PLEADING with President Obama to make the populace aware of this inconvenient truth:
To listen to the GOP…you’d think they support budgets that don’t add much to the debt at all. This is demonstrably, laughably, even shockingly false. But only a president can emblazon this fact on America’s consciousness and move it to the center of the conversation. Once you do, it will force Republicans to alter their calculations in the current showdown.
The way to do this is to propose (in a bipartisan spirit, if you’re feeling sly) that the debt limit be raised just by the amount it would take to accommodate the debt Republicans voted for in Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget last year — $6 trillion over the next decade.
Let the TV cameras in briefly before you and House Speaker John Boehner meet, and allow one question Jay Carney has planted on the debt ceiling. Then say: “My latest offer to John is that we raise the debt ceiling just by what it would take to accommodate the debt in the Ryan budget Republicans voted for last year. Most people don’t realize Republicans voted for $6 trillion in new debt over the next decade. I think honoring their vote on the debt is a fair way to resolve this — any other posture would mean they’re using the debt ceiling as a form of extortion. I won’t allow that, and I’m sure John would agree it would be destabilizing for world markets.”