RON HART: Debt ceiling the only mechanism to control spending now

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 04:23 PM.

NASHVILLE, TENN. — In dysfunctional and ideologically-driven Washington, it seems the only way to slow out-of-control spending is with the debt ceiling votes. Republicans control only one-half of one-third of the government. The only leverage they had in imposing some form of fiscal sanity is their debt ceiling votes.

All the posturing and rhetoric of Democrats and Republicans leading up to the “deal” remind me of a WWF wrestling match — lots of pre-match bluster with a predetermined outcome.

It seems all the politicians did was hit the “pause” button on all of this.

Obama said he would negotiate after he got his way, with full funding — hardly a genuine proposal. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o got more serious proposals from imaginary women on the Internet.

It has been said that negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with pigeons. They fly in with great ceremony but won’t make a move when it’s their turn. Then they leave, come back and knock over all the pieces, mess on the chess board and strut around like they won.

Vladimir Putin felt that way dealing with Obama on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. We should listen to the clairvoyant Putin; he can predict with 100 percent certainty which of his political opponents will “kill themselves” in the coming weeks.

The country is looking for down the road spending restraint that would cut the deficit. We borrow 40 cents on every dollar we spend. We cannot keep borrowing money and just printing more. When you peer through the fog of political war going on in DC, you see it is all about spending and the role of government in our lives. How much do we want, and what are we willing to spend for it?

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