The debt hawks are to economics as the creationists are to biology. They, who do not understand monetary sovereignty, do not understand economics.
Once again, Congress and the President will go through the meaningless debt limit dance. It truly is frightening how ignorant of economics these people can be.
First, it is Congress and the President who decide how much to spend and how much to tax. So presumably, the purpose of a debt limit is Congress’s way of preventing itself from spending too much or taxing too little. In short, by enacting a debt limit, Congress tells voters:
“We are too stupid and reckless to know that when we increase spending or reduce taxes, this will add to the debt, so we need to set a limit to tie our hands. Then after we debate for months, deciding exactly what to spend and what to tax, we can go back later and in a few days revise all the well-considered decisions we made earlier. Or we can close down the government. Even after we pass spending or taxing bills, they never can be relied upon, so no one can plan for the future. That’s how we geniuses run the economy.”
Second, and even more important, a monetarily sovereign nation should not set a “debt limit,” because that nation has no limits on its ability to service any debt of any size. So, here Congress tells voters:
“We are too stupid to understand, and too lazy to learn, what monetary sovereignty means. We think we still are pre-1971, when we were under a gold standard, and a limit on debt was necessary. We do not know why we eliminated the gold standard, and we don’t care. We’ll continue to act as though it still were in effect. Don’t blame us; we’re just politicians.”
When you read and hear all the debate about the debt limit, you will experience the ultimate of Congressional and Presidential prevarication. If anyone simply tells the truth — “The debt limit not only is unnecessary, but harmful” — it indeed will be a miracle.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
No nation can tax itself into prosperity. Those who say the stimulus “didn’t work” remind me of the guy whose house is on fire. A neighbor runs with a garden hose and starts spraying, but the fire continues. The neighbor wants to call the fire department, which would bring the big hoses, but the guy says, “Don’t call. As you can see, water doesn’t put out fires.”