Sept. 26, 2013
In 2006, Democrat Nevada Sen. Harry Reid railed against raising the debt ceiling by over $800 billion, saying “…most Americans know that increasing debt is the last thing we should be doing…”:
They [Republicans] should explain how more debt is good for our economy … how can they explain that they think it’s fair to force our children, our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren, to finance this debt through higher taxes? Why is it right to increase our dependence on foreign creditors?
Today Reid, along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and President Obama tell us if Congress doesn’t pass an increase to the debt limit and strip the defunding of Obamacare, the government will be forced to shut down.
Last week, Pelosi even went so far as to label Republicans “legislative arsonists” for daring to challenge the unconstitutional healthcare mandate, saying they are purposely trying to shut down the government, when in reality they are attempting to uphold the Constitution.
Reid also recently compared Republicans who stand against Obamacare to “anarchists” who just want to “throw a monkey wrench” into the wheels of government.
The debt ceiling has been raised 12 times from 1995 to 2011, and has been raised seven times during Obama’s presidency alone, which according to the Heritage Foundation adds “$43,000 in debt for every American household in just the last four years.”
In fact, it’s been raised so many times that Obama has had to resort to new methods of gaining public support for the debt-miring measure, including incorporating Orwellian “doublespeak.” Last week, Obama audaciously stated that “raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt.”
This is also not the first time Reid has thrown around the threat of a government shutdown.
Reid has set up a cloture vote for Friday to “speed up” the process of authorizing a debt increase and end debate on defunding Obamacare, a move Sen. Ted Cruz spent more than 21 hours opposing on the Senate floor.
In 2011, Reid told ABC News he was “embarrassed” by his comments against raising the debt limit.