Pat Toomey: "Over the Fiscal Cliff We Go!"

Senator Pat Toomey visited "Morning Joe" after the final vote for the "fiscal cliff" compromise. Every voter should demand that our leaders get tough on spending or let the government default.

Senator Pat Toomey is the President of "The Club For Growth".

He ran against the recently deceased US Senator Arlen Specter in the 2004 Pennsylvania Senate Primary. Then President George W. Bush endorsed the moderate-liberal incumbent who then became a Democrat in 2009. This same Democrat lost his own primary battle in 2010, in which one attack ad featured him repeating "I switched parties so that I could get reelected." Toomey took the GOP nomination and the victory, along with the rest of the Tea Party caucus which wiped out Democratic gains from 2006 and 2008 in the House.

Pat Toomey is a serious conservative. He refuses to play games, he understands the fiscal mess that this country is facing, and he wants the President and the Democratic Congress to do something about it.

On "Morning Joe", Toomey commented all the tax increases in the world would not solve the debt problem in the United States. Although he voted for the fiscal cliff deal at the stroke of midnight 2012, he has shifted gears demanding cuts or no deals.

Blunt yet clear, Toomey asserted to the "Morning Joe" Round table that the Republicans in Congress should be willing to force a government shut down over the debt ceiling if the President and his Democratic colleagues refuse to cut massive spending. Mark Halperin, one of the guest commentators on the show with Joe Scarborough, chomped down on this blunt suggestion: "If you let the government shut down, then markets will be in chaos and we will face a debt downgrade."

Toomey was unmoved. If that's the leverage that Republicans must use in order to get the federal government to cut spending, then the Republicans must take that course of action, he responded.

Debt cannot define a nation. A nation indebted today will be indicted tomorrow by its children and grandchildren. Thomas Jefferson volleyed nothing but condemnation at any nation which would tolerate leveraging nothing but debt against our future:

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt."

Thomas Jefferson went so far as to propose an Amendment to the Constitution which would forbid debt.

Right now, if every American had to chip in in order to pay the current national debt, every one of us would owe $50,000. In Greece, which currently ranks as the most indebted nation in the world, every citizen owes $30,000.

The spending spree must stop. The federal government cannot continue to borrow money from foreign creditors who at any time can forgo lines of credit. This program of indebtedness cannot last. Senator Toomey's proposal may sound incoherent and insane, yet if risking default is the only way to cut spending, reform entitlements, and simplify the taxcode, then federal government departments across the nation should brace for a shot-down in the near future.

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Arthur Christopher Schaper January 06, 2013 at 08:25 PM
The "Sandy" Financial Aid was laden with pork. After the pork was taken out, then the bill was passed. Federal dollars should help hurricane victims, not buy votes from dubious Congressman to pass a "Satan Sandwich" fiscal cliff deal which was passed just past the last minute. Toomey voted against the final fiscal cliff deal, and he should be applauded for that, too. As for fracking, this country needs more energy sources, not fewer. There is nothing wrong with fracking or drilling for oil.
Marc Lombardi January 06, 2013 at 09:47 PM
If the pork was taken out, then why did 67 Representatives -- ALL Republicans -- still vote no on it?
Cadillac Man January 07, 2013 at 10:04 AM
Well Art, Fracking is only good for PA if you live up stream from the poison they pump into the ground, down stream you are F'd! Unless you like your tap water catching fire?!! And as far as the poison goes... There are over 300 different chemicals that they will not disclose being pumped into the Earth! I agree we need NEW energy in this country! Solar, wind and hydro are the way to go, without poisoning our planet Art!
Cadillac Man January 07, 2013 at 10:24 AM
And "Satan Sandwich" Art?!!! Lol!!! Lil melodramatic there Art! We all know of the extra BS added to the bill. If the R's and Dem's REALLY wanted to help out the Sandy victims, they wouldn't try to get FAT off of a natural disaster!!!! Both sides are disgusting pigs! I call it like I see it Art!
Arthur Christopher Schaper January 08, 2013 at 02:44 AM
"Both sides aree disgusting pigs" = "Lil melodramatic there" Crushing debt followed by bond markets that won't buy: now there's a drama worth avoiding. Perhaps "Satan Sandwich" is inaccurate. Perhaps "Satan Smorgasbord" is better, at least if the GOP does not take a heavenly stand to resist the spending.


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