Editorial: Increasing the national debt

The Democrats, the Republican leadership and President Trump all agree that the United States must increase its debt ceiling to fund the government.

This is making the swamp bigger.

During his campaign, Trump never promised to be a fiscal conservative or committed to a smaller federal government. His talent for making deals has supplanted the ideology of many of the conservative Republicans who voted him into office.

Trump has made a deal with key Democrats Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi – leaders of the “borrow and spend” crowd in Washington, D.C.

Republican leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, are going along with the increased spending because they don’t want to deter a multi-billion-dollar aid package to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.

But they are spending money they don’t have. In the long run, or perhaps the short run, that is just not sustainable. Politician after politician campaigned with the theme of stopping the borrowing in order to not pass along the national debt to our children and grandchildren.

But actions speak louder than words.

The politicians want to max out the nation’s “credit cards” and let the next wave of elected officials deal with the mess.

As America deals with flooding in Texas, hurricanes in Florida, wildfires in Los Angeles and the threat of war in North Korea, someone somewhere in the federal government has to stand up and say we cannot borrow money forever.

Government needs priorities and Democrats and Republicans are neglecting their fiscal duties with this fiscal irresponsibility.

Cut up the federal credit cards.