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Congress is drunk at the wheel. Today the United States has officially hit the debt ceiling of about $14.3 trillion dollars, triggering the Treasury Department to implement emergency budgetary measures to avoid a government default. This is all a result of runaway, irresponsible, and flat out wasteful spending by Congress and the bureaucracies. In the United States we have laws that establish limits. Congress establishes limits to the amount of debt the government can accrue and state and local governments set a limit of blood alcohol content someone can have while operating a motor vehicle. If someone is pulled over by the police, and is over the .08 legal limit, they are arrested and go to jail and are charged with a crime. That person simply cannot tell the officer that they are going to go ahead and set a new limit at .143 BAC, crack another beer, and keep on driving. The officer must arrest that person when the .08 limit is broken. No ifs, ands, or buts. That person must be arrested and prevented from driving because they present a danger to the society.
So how come we allow Congress and the government to just keep driving? Today the government is, as it has been countless times in the past, over the limit set by law. This means Congress should pull over and stop the car and think about the damage they could cause by continuing to ignore the limit and drive up spending and the debt. Instead the Obama administration is asking Congress to do what no one else can: ignore the rules and create new ones that better suit their reckless behavior. Legal limits are in place to prevent the unthinkable, and when they are ignored the unthinkable becomes the inevitable. It’s time to sober up and cut spending.