Question: If you were asked to vote on again raising the nation's debt ceiling, how would you vote? Why?
Chris Reilly (R) - I would vote against raising the nation's debt ceiling unless a cut, cap and balance plan were enacted. It is deplorable that we have a $15 trillion deficit and will saddle our children with this burden if we don't take decisive action. Today every man, woman and child in the U.S. would have to pay $49,000 to retire our national debt. If American families have to balance their budgets the federal government must do likewise.
Scott Perry (R) - I would oppose raising the debt ceiling. It is time for our federal government to live within its means. Our current gross debt is heading toward $16 trillion, which is nearly the size of the entire U.S. economy. President Obama has set us on a path that would nearly double our debt over 10 years. This is unsustainable, as Greece and other European countries have shown us. We need to get serious about putting our fiscal house in order and stop kicking the can down the road.
Sean Summers (R) - I would not vote to increase the debt ceiling unless there were a lot of strings attached. For example, I believe that we need a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We need to reform our tax code to make it flatter, if not flat. I would not vote to increase the debt limit without any definitive restrictions on future government growth -- or better yet, government shrinkage. The reality is that politicians at every level of government (i.e., local, county, state and federal) have failed us. Rather than make tough decisions and exercise leadership, politicians have taken the easy choice of spending money that future generations will need to repay.
Mark Swomley (R) - If you were asked to vote on again raising the nation's debt ceiling, how would you vote? Why? I would vote NO to again raising the nation's debt ceiling. I fundamentally disagree with the concept of borrowing our way out of debt. I believe that, in addition to cutting government spending, we need to reduce regulations and taxes that are crippling business to allow the free market system to grow thereby increasing employment, growing the economy, and generating the revenues necessary to start to reverse our national debt.
Kevin Downs (R) - I could not with a clear conscious vote to increase the debt ceiling until we dramatically stop wasteful spending. This government under the Obama administration has over reached and over spent. When we are giving companies like the failed Solyndra Solar power company 500 million dollars in government assistance and then purposely put these presidential political supporters in front of the US tax payers for restitution. Until corruption and bad policy like that is stopped, the government does not have the right to ask for more money. We need to stop all wasteful spending and pet projects. Thomas Jefferson said, "Most bad government has grown out of too much government" We need to reduce the size of this federal government before we increase the debt ceiling.
Eric Martin (R) - I will never vote to raise the country's debt ceiling. Every penny of debt that we have undermines individual liberty and states' rights. Debt forces us to use our resources to pay off interest and debt when liberty demands that we be free to use our resources as we wish. In 1798 Thomas Jefferson wrote to John Taylor and expressed his wish that the U.S. Constitution would be amended so that the federal government could not borrow a single cent. I agree with this because, as Jefferson said, it would help to keep the federal government within its strict constitutional limits. I have also read that this amendment would be a strong deterrent for war, because instead of issuing debt the Congress would have to raise taxes sufficient for the war. This country needs a stronger deterrent for war. I will never vote to raise the debt ceiling.
Ted Waga (R) - I would vote against an increase in the debt ceiling. Constantly increasing the debt ceiling has gotten us to where we are. We must stop spending and borrowing. Some would say that we would default on our debt. That is not necessarily true. Businesses restructure their debt all the time, why can't the US Government. This would allow for the US Government to meet their debt obligations while providing those necessary services to the American people as outlined in the Constitution.
Ken Lee (D) - I would vote to raise the nation's debt ceiling. First, it is constitutionally mandated that this country's full faith and credit be honored. Second, because our economy is based upon faith in the finance and monetary systems, any default on the national debt would have devastating impacts on the economy. Third, it would set a poor example and provide an excuse for others not to fulfill their obligations.
Harry Perkinson (D) - To vote against raising the national debt ceiling is dangerous. The debt ceiling crisis of 2011 is one of the reasons that I am running. There are member of Congress who considered damaging the full faith and credit of the United States an acceptable bargaining tool for getting their political agenda enacted. For decades, Republican and Democratic presidents have raised the debt ceiling without issue or rancor. Failing to do so will result in higher interest rates on the existing national debt and home mortgages, even on personal credit card accounts. This interest rate rise would mean an increase of hundreds of billions of dollars in interest payments for years to come. The place to fix the growth in the national debt is not the debt ceiling vote - that money is already spent. To tackle the debt problem, we grow the economy and balance revenue growth and spending cuts.