The benefits of debt ceiling debates

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Ramesh Ponnuru rejects the argument that the debt ceiling is useless because Congress has already approved the taxation and spending levels that create deficits, noting that “more and more of our spending rises on autopilot because of decisions made long ago, and nobody is forced to take responsibility for the gap between revenue and commitments.”

“First, Republicans should make the conditions reasonable, rather than, say, trying to use the leverage the debt-ceiling bill gives them to transform the welfare state. Second, Democrats should accede to reasonable requests rather than attacking them as though they amounted to terrorism.”

“Democrats insist that any future deficit reduction be ‘balanced,’ with tax increases as well as spending cuts… Around the world, though, most successful deficit-reduction efforts in the past three decades have been unbalanced, tilting toward spending cuts rather than tax increases.”

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