Debt ceiling

Moody's Says O's Wrong on Default

Jeffrey H. Anderson, The Weekly Standard

Contradicting the Obama administration, Moody's Investors Service says that hitting the debt limit shouldn't be confused with default. Obama said that, unless Congress acts to raise the $16.7 trillion limit by next week, the nation will risk default. Not so, Moody’s says.

Spending Curbs Equal Anarchy?

Larry Elder, Human Events

Harry Reid thinks that the Tea Party lawmakers' concern over runaway spending is anarchy. Sen. Obama chided GW Bush on the debt. Pres. Obama in '09 even said, “The long-term deficit and debt that we have accumulated is unsustainable.” Is Reid's memory fading?

GOP: SuperCommittee Must Solve Mess

Emma Dumain and Matt Fuller, Roll Call

House GOP will bring to the floor a bill to create a bipartisan, bicameral committee to address the current fiscal impasse that has shut down some of the gov't and threatens a debt default. 

TeaParty to Blame for Fiscal Mess?

Patrick J. Buchanan, WND

Since the tea-party folks are newcomers to DC, who brought us to the edge of the fiscal cliff into default? What radical added $6 trillion to our national debt in 5 years? Not the tea party.

A Short-Term Debt Ceiling Increase?

Ed Morrissey, Hot Air

While the Senate prepares to vote on a big raise in the debt ceiling, with Reid hoping to pressure Repubs to avoid a filibuster, Boehner has a new card he’s pulling out of his sleeve, too.

O May Misuse Constitution on Debt Ceiling

Mary K. Bruce, ABC News

With the Oct. 17 deadline to raise the debt limit looming, Obama isn't ruling out using the 14th Amendment to increase borrowing ability if the political impasse continues and Congress fails to do so, but says "I don't expect to get there." We'll see.

It’s the Spending, Stupid

A Republican with the kind of talent and zest for limited government constitutional conservative principles that Ted Cruz has shown in the Obamacare fight needs to step forward – and soon – to play the Cruz role in the impending debt ceiling battle.

House GOP Lacks Debt Strategy?

Bernie Becker, Peter Schroeder and Molly K. Hooper, The Hill

With the deadline for raising the $16.7 trillion borrowing limit less than 2 weeks away, House GOP admit they are forging ahead without a clear endgame in mind.

$43,000: Your Share of US Debt

Amy Payne, Heritage Foundation Blog

Since Obama came into office, the debt limit has been raised 7 times. With those increases, Congress has added $43,000 in debt for every US household in just the last 4 years.

House to Move to Debt Ceiling Vote

Erik Wasson, The Hill

House Repub. leaders are expected to unveil a bill raising the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt ceiling Weds. The bill is likely to tie the debt ceiling hike to a 1-year delay for key ObamaCare provisions such as the individual mandate.

Who's the Extortionist Now, Obama?

Cal Thomas, Washington Examiner

Repubs should fling the extortion label back at Obama, who wants to raise the debt ceiling, threatening to curtail many gov't operations if the GOP doesn’t surrender.

Boehner: O Confers w/ Putin, Not R's

Jonathan Easely, The Hill

Boehner released a video to contrast Obama’s willingness to work with Putin on a diplomatic solution in Syria against the president's declaration that he won’t negotiate with R's over the debt limit.

The Best Ground to Fight Obamacare On

We give our friends at the RSC credit for creativity with their proposal, but trying to thread the needle between the House GOP leadership’s lack of fight on Obamacare (or almost any other issue) and the demands of the conservative grassroots for real action to defund Obamacare is an enterprise destined to fail.

The GOP Leaders’ Changing Stories

Erick Erickson, Red State

The only thing consistent about Republican leaders’ strategy is a complete lack of fight in them.

Boehner – Slow Learner or Traitor?

Joseph Farah, WND

The Speaker is reportedly bending over backwards to give Obama a debt ceiling increase – but why?

Boehner’s Primary Politics Problem

Molly K. Hooper, The Hill

Establishment Republicans complain that House members are too scared of their constituents.

Major Tests Loom for Boehner

Molly K. Hooper, The Hill

Speaker John Boehner has largely avoided public controversy recently, but that’s about to change.

The Deficit is Still Bad News

Michael Tanner, National Review Online

Liberals have rejoiced at recent favorable budget reports, but our debt is still unsustainable.

Fall Preview: Big Fights in DC

Manu Raju and Josh Bresnahan, Politico

Scandals and immigration are hot now, but just wait until the debt ceiling battle heats up this fall.