Back on January 5th I posted an idea regarding raising the debt ceiling. Some might have thought it to be radical, but in my mind it is necessary given the grave situation we are with regards to the federal budget.
I proposed then that we should, in fact, compromise with Democrats who want to raise the debt ceiling. The catch: it must be attached to a balanced budget amendment (or law).
Senator Mike Lee is poised to present such a proposal; taking it a step further and threatening to filibuster any other piece of legislation which does not contain the language.
I always believed the fight over earmarks was frivilous when given the 800 pound gorilla in the room, and that the budget as a whole is what we should as a nation fight to the end over. Senator Lee exemplifies this.
Washington must understand that we, the people, are demanding accountability with what is spent.
To that end I believe since Washington cannot be trusted to use common sense in one of the most basic functions of government, that we excercise our rights as the governed and demand spending limitations.
That is why Senator Lee is correct in taking what will be an unpopular, but necessary risk. He understands the consequence for raising the deficit limit and the importances of throwing government spending in shackles.
It is also why we must support him.