Time to Build Public Support for Debt Limit Demands ⋆ Politicrossing
Connect with us


Time to Build Public Support for Debt Limit Demands



Last Friday, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned the United States is projected to hit its $31.4 trillion debt borrowing limit by the end of this week. In short, due to unchecked federal spending, Congress will need to raise the nation’s debt limit to prevent the United States from defaulting on its financial obligations. Current law constrains the U.S. Department of the Treasury from issuing debt to meet the government’s ongoing cash needs by creating a statutory ceiling called the debt limit.

Once the debt limit is reached, the Treasury cannot borrow more money and will not have enough revenue to meet all its obligations unless Congress passes new legislation raising or suspending the debt limit. Once the debt limit is reached, Secretary Yellen can exercise some limited accounting moves, known as “extraordinary measures,” that can buy some time. But the government will eventually run out of cash if the debt limit is not raised by Congress.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has warned that he will consider using the debt ceiling to force cuts to critical programs: “You can’t just continue down the path to keep spending and adding to the debt. … [Y]ou got to change your current behavior. We’re not just going to keep lifting your credit card limit, right?”

Trending on PolitiCrossing.com: The Pickle DeSantis Finds Himself In

With a Democrat President Biden promising to veto every law passed by the Republican House and the Senate maintaining a slim Democrat majority, the House Republicans need to take advantage of every opportunity to use the leverage they do have. When asked what changes in spending might be needed for Republicans to support raising the debt limit, McCarthy said he would not “predetermine” anything. In other words, all spending and entitlements are on the table for consideration.

It’s clear that eventually, the House will have to act to raise the debt limit. If they don’t, the nation would go into default with clear disastrous consequences. It always has. Congress has raised the debt limit seventy-eight times since 1960, under both Republican and Democratic presidents. It was raised while President Trump was president, but that didn’t stop him from suggesting that House leaders use the debt limit to move forward with needed change. Writing on Truth Social, Trump asserted, “Republicans can get almost everything back…by simply playing tough in the upcoming debt ceiling negotiations.”

Republicans have had past success in extracting concessions during negotiations. In a 2011 showdown, House Republicans under the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner, successfully used the debt ceiling to extract sharp limits on discretionary spending from President Barack Obama. Those spending caps proved to be effective. They stayed in place for most of the rest of the decade. Is it time for a similar demand?

If Republicans want to use debt limit leverage, they better start now explaining to American voters why such a move is necessary. Delaying a raise in the debt limit will unleash a vicious public relations battle. Any hard line by the House GOP will result in a collective primal scream from Democrats warning of an impending economic Armageddon that would result. Make no mistake; the left-wing media will be on the side of Democrats and will fuel the fear generated.

The problem is clear. If American voters don’t understand the reasons for their stand, there will be tremendous pressure for them to fold. The classic question-“What’s in it for me?”-has to be answered clearly. Effective change masters in any area sell the need for change before they act to make change happen.

It will be the job of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and other House Republicans to make it clear the what, the why, and the how any demand will impact the future of average Americans.

Start by finding out what demand will maximize public support. Will it be another demand for spending caps that will work to lower spending and help lower inflation? Will it be a demand to finish the Southern border wall to help control the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants across the border? Will it be a demand for changes in out-of-control entitlement programs? Whatever the demand, it needs to be something the majority of Americans will support.

Once identified, it needs to be communicated early and often before ever taking the stand on the debt limit increase. To limit the length of any holdout, House Republicans will also need to have passed any legislation to enact their demands before the fight begins. The law and needed regulations should be ready for the Senate to pass and for President Biden to sign.

If a majority of American voters are behind the cause, the pressure will be on the Democrats to support the legislation rather than risk the public’s wrath in the 2024 elections. With proper planning and execution, the pressure on the debt limit fight shifts from the Republicans to the Democrats.

Voters are watching. They want more than investigations. They want Republicans are now in control of the House to exercise their power in beginning to deliver on their promises. The debt limit negotiations provide an opportunity to take a step in making that happen. May it be so.

We'd love to hear your thoughts about this article. Please take a minute to share them in the comment section by clicking here. Or carry the conversation over on your favorite social network by clicking one of the share buttons below.

Dr. Terry Paulson is a PhD psychologist and author of The Optimism Advantage, They Shoot Managers Don't They, Speak Like a Pro, Meditations for the Trail, and The Dinner: The Political Conversation Your Mother Told You Never to Have. Since founding Paulson and Associates, Inc. in Agoura Hills, CA, Dr. Paulson has presented to such companies as IBM, 3M, Kaiser, Nationwide, SONY, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, and hundreds of hospitals, government agencies, and associations. Dr. Paulson is a past president of both the Global Speakers Federation and the National Speakers Association. He’s been inducted into NSA’s CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame, an honor given to less than 230 speakers worldwide. Dr. Paulson is a long-time conservative Republican who has spoken to numerous Republican groups. He currently is a regular op-ed columnist for townhall.com and politicrossing.com. Terry brings knowledge, tasteful humor, and a passion for conservative principles to every presentation. Dr. Paulson graduated with honors from UCLA and received his PhD in psychology and an MA in theology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA.


Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.


The Pickle DeSantis Finds Himself In

Ron DeSantis was in a real pickle…



Tired of working for someone else? Become your own boss. CLICK HERE!

Build a home-based business in the travel industry! Click HERE!

Got a long commute? Want to save money on gas? Click here!

Ron DeSantis was in a real pickle… Should he or shouldn’t he run for President. Now that he has decided to run for President, he finds himself in a REAL pickle. PolitiCrossing Founder Chris Widener explains in this short video analysis:

Continue Reading


Mainstream Media: Intentionally and Diabolically Unfair and Unbalanced

All pretense that the mainstream media strives for objectivity is gone



by Jay DeLancey and Jeff Davidson

The grandest mistake the American populace committed in the last half-century was assuming that our media was even somewhat fair and balanced. Likewise proceeding in the last two decades as if the Internet giants had no dog in the political arena proved to be a mistake of historical proportions.

Today because so many people, still, are conditioned as such, the mere fact that say, a CNN, has a website prompts some people to believe that the network have something of value to offer. Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, whose focus is classics and military history, says that the New York Times is “a shell of what it used to be.”

Trending on PolitiCrossing.com: The Pickle DeSantis Finds Himself In

Nothing Objective to Offer

The paper always leaned to the left, since it’s founding, but it did an intermittently semi-decent job in reporting the facts. The Times sent their reporters out to the streets to do hard-core reporting. The mission was to gather relevant data, identify sources, talk to people, find eye witnesses, speak to bonafide experts, attain corroboration, and then when they were sure of what they had written, submit the story or feature.

Their articles probably never represented a 50-50 balance – perhaps 55-45 or 60-40 in favor of the left. Today, no rational media observer would contend that the balance is 70-30, or even 80-20. Study after study reveals, say, in the case of covering Donald Trump, that 92% of all features are negative, and that is not to say the remaining 8% are positive. Mostly, they’re neutral.

If you are a Trump or DeSantis supporter, or a Republican running for Senate or the House of Representatives, for governor in your state, or for any other position of prominence, you simply cannot expect a fair shake from the press, nationally, and in most cases locally. Indeed, you’re likely to be demonized, endlessly, over issues for which Democrats receive a free pass.

Compromised to the Breaking Point

The New York Times and The Washington Post of old, as biased as they might’ve been, at least offered some semblance of up-to-date information, with facts and figures when they had them, and timely reporting as situations unfolded. Hansen remarked that today the people who run these newspapers are trading on the decades of hard work and the reputations built up over more than 100 years.

Those who put in the seed work are dead and gone and thus, obviously, have no say about what’s going on today. The Times and the Post, in less than a generation, are destroying their own reputations. The people who currently run these ‘news’ organizations are dragging them down at warp speed and don’t even recognize the damage that they are doing.

By 2030, what is now a shell of an organization will be less so, and it wouldn’t be too wild to predict that the Times could totally morph into something else. The Post is not far behind in devising its own demise.

The Pretense is Gone

Each of the countless newspapers that feed off of these two publishing giants suffer as well. All such pretense that the mainstream media strives for objectivity is gone. The good news, if you could call it that, is everyone on the right is now vitally all aware that this has happened.

Those who strive for integrity in elections, those who are on the right, and those who are routinely demonized by the left, understand what’s occurring to the nth degree. It’s not fair, but to know what you face is a benefit of sorts.


– – – – –


Continue Reading


Our Newsletter

Become a Politicrossing insider: Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.

Sites We Like

Our Newsletter

Become a PolitiCrossing insider: Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.