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Phony Debt Vote

Recorded on January 30, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I’m Ernest Istook.


Recently, lots of members of Congress voted against increasing the national debt. But many of those same politicians had voted last August to borrow almost $2 ½ -trillion more.


President Obama made an official request to borrow and spend the money; he did not get the chance to vote both ways. But Congress did.


The vote against borrowing was designed to fail, and it did. It was for political cover, so Congress could tell voters they opposed the higher debt limit that they had already approved.


It’s confusing, and that’s on purpose. It's Washington double-talk that pretends to control debt and spending without really doing it. No wonder trust in Washington is at an all-time low.


Our official national debt is now $16.4-trillion, yet those who made it possible want to deny that they did.


From The Heritage Foundation, I’m Ernest Istook.