The Tea Party movement is not for smaller government; it is anti-government. Section 4 of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, states “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned..” To pay for obligations debts already incurred, the United States has regularly raised the debt ceiling. Tea Party members of Congress have, and on a regular basis, threatened to block the raising of the debt ceiling to extort cuts in federal spending on things they don’t like, like Social Security, Medicare, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Planned Parenthood. That the outgoing Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, President Obama, congressional Democrats and the majority of Republican members of Congress realize the dire consequences that might result the United States defaults on its debt – to include global economic depression – is of no concern to Tea Partyers. As former Congresswoman from Minnesota and Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann, was quoted in the Des Moines Register in July of 2001, :
Don’t let them scare you by telling you that the country’s going to fall apart and that we’re going to default on our debt. The fact is we aren’t, because revenue continues to come into Washington, D.C. It’s time for tough love. Now you want to talk about a dysfunctional family, take a look at the United States Congress and what they’re doing on the debt ceiling. In our family, my husband and I would’ve taken that credit card, we would have chopped that baby up and we would have said sorry, kids, there’s no going out to eat. Sorry, no new clothes. We’re going to live within our means.
BE SCARED. Even if it was not a Constitutional or moral imperative that we do so, it is in our national self interest that we pay our national debts even if it means raising the debt ceiling.