WTF? Government Debt and Constitution Limits - brnd.ws
But let’s ignore geographic specificities and focus on why a debt ceiling is ridiculous. I’ll use another metaphor to illustrate my point – a debt ceiling is like telling someone they can drink as much as they want and later preventing them from using the restroom. Maybe it wasn’t that good of a metaphor but my point is, politics all over the world have a mechanism to stop governments from spending more – it’s called budget. During the budget negotiation is when you tell a government to stop drinking. If you allow it to go to the water fountain there’s no way back – either it’s going to pee on its pants or it’s going to implode.
Sure, sometimes the political calendar doesn’t make this process linear but that’s part of the democratic process. Plus, political hypocrisy never prevented those who approved the budget to come later claim they can’t raise the debt ceiling. So I question, why are we rushing into this kind of process? Do we really want to put up this kind of show every year or so? I guess politics can be that cynic and it’s sad.