“fiscal cliff” in a better perspective
don’t thinkknow you don’t understand what you’re talking about.
Raising the debt ceiling means agreeing to continue paying our creditors the money we already owe them. The spending itself has already been approved and is going to happen. To compare to your household budget analogy: it’s like saying you owe the credit card company $16,500, and then you decide to call the credit card company and say, “You know what? I can’t afford this after all, so I’m not sending you a payment this month. Or ever.”
I don’t know how old you are or if you even have a credit card, but you can’t do this. Or you can, but the credit card company won’t look too kindly on it, and it impacts your credit rating, which means nobody will give you any money, even when it’s super important or an emergency, and sometimes, if you refuse to pay long enough, they can garnish your wages and put liens on any property you own. It’s not fun for you, but what this does in the global economy is basically EXPLODE THE GLOBAL ECONOMY.
You don’t like shit in your house, by all means, remove the shit. You’ve still got to meet your financial obligations, though. The debt ceiling is not where you draw the line in the sand, and the only people advocating this are Republican Congressmen, who think they can make political hay out of it, and people who don’t know what they’re talking about.
In the meantime, we’ve got this awesome fiscal cliff situation coming up because Republicans have been throwing a 2-year temper tantrum over spending, even though when pressed, they can’t actually point to the spending cuts they want to be made. The fiscal cliff isn’t as simple as “removing the shit.” It cuts spending in a lot of places we don’t want to cut spending and implements dramatic tax hikes across the board. It’s almost guaranteed to throw us back into a recession.
It’s like saying you want someone to come get the shit out of your house and instead someone comes and burns it to the ground. When you ask them why they burned down your house, they say, “Why are you mad? The shit’s gone, isn’t it?” THANKS A LOT, ASSHOLES. NOW GIVE ME BACK MY FUCKING HOUSE.
So no. I just don’t know what else to say to this other than I’m sick of people basing their opinions on how our government operates on the only thing they can wrap their tiny brains around: their personal finances. And because they don’t actually understand how the government operates, they can’t even get that analogy right.
In case you’re wondering why comparing the government’s financial situations to your own is a bad idea: when you fuck shit up with your own personal finances, it only impacts you. When the government fucks shit up with our country’s finances, it impacts the entire goddamn world. So please stop making these stupid fucking analogies. This is a much bigger deal than whether you’re carrying a balance on your Mastercard, and it’s not even close to being the same thing, so STOP TALKING UNTIL YOU GET A CLUE.