Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick says he opposes a battle over raising the United States’ debt limit.
Fitzpatrick responded to a question from Mark Boada, who works in marketing for CollisionMax in Newtown. Note to Self: CollisionMax in Newtown seems pretty leftied-up.
I reported earlier today on a coordinated effort to target certain Republicans – including Fitzpatrick – with “earned media tactics” to garner news coverage for left-wing agenda items. Apparently, as predicted, Courier-Times reporter Gary Weckselblatt took the bait.
This wasn’t a question from a random, uninvolved voter. Normal people aren’t walking around worried about the debt limit debate from two years ago.
“Everybody agrees that the debt service needs to be paid,” Fitzpatrick, R-8, said Thursday at a meeting of the Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce at Cairns University in Langhorne Manor, while admitting that Republicans and Democrats do too much “leveraging and posturing” over the issue.
“I think Congress will come to an agreement,” he said, while adding he would support legislation that prioritizes payment. “There’s enough money coming in to take care of important obligations, to pay our debtors and those on Social Security and veterans’ benefits.”
The debt limit isn’t the battle this time. The Continuing Resolution is the battle. I’m assuming the low-information voter didn’t know enough to ask Fitzpatrick about the Continuing Resolution – the country’s last best hope against ObamaCare – and Fitzpatrick just narrowly answered the nonsense question that was posed to him.
Boada said he was “encouraged” that Fitzpatrick agreed the debt ceiling should be “disengaged” from budget negotiations.
He contends the GOP is to blame for the credit downgrade of 2011 as “they were on a suicide mission to get what they want. You don’t mess with our credit rating.”
By the way, the debt limit debate wasn’t specifically the reason the US credit rating was downgraded. Our exploding debt and the absence of a plan to pay it off was the reason our credit rating was downgraded. It was downgraded after the debt ceiling agreement, not during the negotiations, and pretty clearly because the agreement did little to actually limit further debt. Here’s what S&P said two years ago when they downgraded the rating.
The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics.