LIMA — Think you’ve heard the last of political bickering over spending cuts and tax hikes with the recent fiscal cliff deal? Think again.
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, said that battle may embolden Republicans in upcoming talks with Congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama about raising the nation’s debt ceiling for the second time in three years.
Jordan, who visited The Lima News on Tuesday, said he voted against the fiscal cliff deal in part because it did nothing to address the heart of the nation’s fiscal troubles namely, federal spending.
“It was just another Washington deal, not a solution. Someone said, ‘Who was the winner in this thing?’ and the winner was Washington, and the loser was the American taxpayer and the American family,” Jordan said. “Once again Washington got more revenue and didn’t reduce any spending. It’s the same old game.”
Jordan acknowledged any talks about making serious changes to how much the government spends are not likely to be easy, especially when the president has said he won’t debate spending cuts in seeking a resolution to the debt ceiling issue.
“I guess put yourself in the president’s shoes. If you’ve presided over the four largest deficits in American history and you’ve been president when the debt grew by $5 trillion in your first term, maybe you wouldn’t want to talk about it either,” Jordan said. “I think what we’ve got to do, we’ve got to take the case to the American people and just lay out the facts. I said to someone the other day, this president just wants to keep spending.
“What we have in Washington is the 18-year-old who got ahold of the credit card, maxed out the credit card. The first thing you do as parents is you cut up the credit card, and you put them on a budget. The president just wants a brand new credit card. He doesn’t want a budget. In fact, they haven’t passed one in three years.”
Spending cuts must be included in any new deal to raise the debt ceiling because the cuts that were agreed to as part of the debt ceiling agreement in 2011 were just delayed in the fiscal cliff deal, Jordan said.
“Here we are ready to raise the debt ceiling again, and we haven’t done one dime of those promised reductions from the last debt ceiling agreement. This is where I say the madness has to stop,” Jordan said. “This idea that if we have a debate it could jeopardize the economy, no, if we don’t have a solution we are going to have a debt crisis, and that truly will jeopardize the economy.”
How do you fix it? Jordan said one way is to insist the administration point out areas where true cuts could be made, Jordan said.
“I’m tired of the deals,” Jordan said. “I want solutions. Let’s solve the problems.”