It seems objections to "paying our national debts" via raising the debt ceiling became unacceptable once President Obama took office. Now, that beckons questions as to why?
Recognizing the Federal Deficit at $16 trillion in 2013 Vs. the following reference to 2011 $14 trillion, we find the follwoing graphic relevant and expedient in locating.
It is noteworthy to point out Obama's deficit increases are distributed between fighting off an economic depression, healthcare reform and a 'surge' in Afghanistan (foolish decision).
Which US President is "king' of Debt Ceiling increases through 2011? Remember, the 'sequester' was hatched in the fall of 2011.
As we come closer to yet another artificial deadline in the nation's battles over the deficit, we thought it might be good to find as basic an explanation of the "mess" as we can locate.
Govloop dot com provides such an opportunity. Emily Jarvis keyed a piece easily readable in three minutes. The piece is also accompanied by an audio embed.
We understand US Politics, and we understand the nature of US politics since the late 1970s and early 1980s. For the informed, we know GOP mantra about fiscal conservatism is nothing more than the party's egregious use of a southern strategy as a campaign tool in national elections. As tragic as anything political in 2012/13, 47% of voters fell for GOP mantra, political acuity (even with horrid candidates), and mind altering propaganda from highly compensation media demagogues. We do not understand how people who consider themselves conservatives have little to no influence over forcing their obstructionist representatives to "See the light". The "light" of potential progress in ridding ourselves of the vestiges of the Bush financial record. How can so many Americans avoid empirical data, and avoid post election observation (post 2010) as factors that influence their votes.
I find so many conservatives expended inordinate energy and cognitive processes following right-wing social biases, bigotry and divisiveness.
They watch their politicians write and propose legislation after legislation related to abortion while not taking a moment to rial about jobs. They fully support GOP efforts to cut Human Services programs without one iota of contemplation of future personal need. And they do so without pressing for reduction defense spending and raising taxes on the nation's wealthy.
The GOP lives and breathes defense spending. Yet, for some reason post 2009 after supporting Bush for eight years, they obstruct at paying debts they helped to accumulate.
Additional Sequester basics source: 2012: http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org/about/summit/2012-summit/2012-materials/nsc_sequestration101_2012-02.pdf