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What is the debt ceiling?

October 23, 2013

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

For nearly three weeks in October, the federal government shut down as Congress fought over the budget, the debt limit, and the new health care law.

While the dust has settled from the October shutdown, the budget fight has halted only temporarily because the spending resolution that was passed funds the government only until the first few weeks of 2014 and allows the Treasury to keep borrowing money to pay its bills until February.

When February rolls around, the debt limit will need to be raised again to keep the Treasury from running out of money to pay its bills. The debt limit is the legal amount that the Treasury can borrow to pay bills, such as Social Security and Medicare payments and military salaries. Think of it as a credit card where you can keep increasing your spending limit. But if the U.S. defaults on its payments, which would be unprecedented, economists warn of disastrous economic consequences for the country.

Congress sets the debt limit, also known as the debt ceiling, and this is where it gets contentious.

In the House of Representatives, there is a group of lawmakers who oppose the Affordable Care Act and tried to delay the law or remove its funding, essentially killing the health care law. They attempted to use the spending bill as a vehicle for defunding the health care law.

President Obama, on the other hand, refused to compromise on funding for the Affordable Care Act, his signature legislation, saying that it is the law and that any talk of defunding it was off the table.

Other issues regarded government spending, and how much money the government owes. The government owes over $16 trillion, and that amount continues to grow, although the rate of increase is slowing.

For many lawmakers, $16 trillion is too high, and they want to see budget cuts across the board, especially from programs like welfare and non-Medicaid/Medicare government health care. These cuts to services are called austerity, and while unpopular, many in government argue they are necessary to reduce the debt.

The president and like-minded senators and representatives argue that austerity is not the way to solve the debt issue and that raising revenue through taxes on wealthy Americans earning over $100,000, cutting wasteful spending, and the reduction of costs associated with reducing the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan are the best, and least painful ways, to reduce the amount of U.S. debt.

Historically, the debt limit was set with years of expected spending to occur before it needed to be raised. But in recent years, the debt ceiling has become a political issue. Congress can only agree to pass debt ceiling legislation with about a five- to six-month increase. This means that every time the government gets closer to the limit, another round of debate and often some white-knuckle politicking follows.

What do you think?

How should the government reduce its debt? Do you think cutting programs or increasing revenue is the way to reduce the debt? Should the Affordable Care Act be on the table for cuts in the budget talks? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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6/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Taher
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
A few ways to reduce debts is to reduce the budget for the military because that is the area where we spend the most. I believe increasing revenue would reduce debts if our revenue increased for that year. I believe the affordable care act should not be on the table in talks for budget cuts for how controversial it already proved.

12/18/2013
Vacaville/ CA
Steven
Mr. Hawkins/ Buckingham Charter Magnet High School
Most people are just ignoring the fact that the United States is largely in debt to just about everyone. The statistic was that for every single man woman and child in the United States, they would each have to pay $56,000 to just match the debt that we are in. That doesn’t include the interest that keeps building up each year. The bottom line is that most people think that we are untouchable because we are the United States and we could never be stopped. While this is semi true due to the fact that we have our hands in just about everything. It is not 100% true. The United States can go bankrupt and then we would have to look to all of the other countries for help and ask them to just forget about our debt. This would cause the U.S. to diminish in everyone’s eyes and we would start to lose our validity on opinions in the world because we couldn't even keep our country afloat. The people need to wake up and discover our debt so that we can all work together to get the problem solved.

12/10/2013
Irving/Texas
Imbri
Bradley/Nimitz
Both cutting our spending and increasing our revenue would both reduce the debt. The government should focus solely on reducing our debt before they wish to implement new programs that would only further need funding. An example of our extreme spending, for example, is the amount we spend on our defense budget. We spend hundreds of billions of dollars on defense every year. In fact, we spend so much that we outspend the next 26 countries combined in our military budget, and 25 of those countries are our allies. Also, for a "Defense" budget, we are not doing much defending considering the last time we were attacked at the mainland was during the second World War. The government needs to focus mainly on reducing our spending to cut the debt.

11/27/2013
Montana
Melissa
Mrs. Campbell/North Star
The government should reduce its debt. The only way to reduce the debt is to cut programs and increase revenue. The Affordable Care Act should be on the table for cuts in budget talks, it is a major program that is not truly needed, the government should work on removing the debt instead of creating more of it. The only way to do so is to cut programs, create more jobs, then tax the working people. This will take time of course, but there is no other better time than right now to start working forward, instead of backward by starting a new program that will send the government in to deeper debt.

11/17/2013
Irving/Texas
Hailey
Bradley/Nimitz
The fact that our government continues to raise the debt ceiling every time we get close it, doesn’t help at all with our debt. In order to get out of debt, we need to set a fixed limit for our debt ceiling and stop raising it. I think we should start by raising the taxes of wealthy Americans. Especially if they make over a million dollars a year, I think they will be fine if they have to give a little more money to taxes. I don’t think its a good idea to start cutting government programs, especially ones like health care. Everyone deserves the opportunity to have a doctor and be taken care of, not depending on the amount of money they make. A program that should be looked at more closer though is welfare. Many Americans are on welfare and a lot of them don’t even try to get a job, they just live off of welfare. I think the government should start with the easy things and try not to make big adjustments that would be hard for people to adjust to.

11/15/2013
Irving/Texas
Leanna
Bradley/Nimitz
I think that revenue tax should be increased for the wealthy Americans. Removing such programs like welfare and medicaid would do more bad than good even though it's argued to be the problem. I believe that the Affordable Care Act could be eliminated. It has the ability to put the nation into more debt, and that's not necessary.

11/15/2013
Irving/TX
Annabel
Bradley/Nimitz
The debt ceiling is a limit on how much money (that we don't have) the government spends. This being said, the government should raise revenue through taxes on wealthy Americans, and cut wasteful spending. Among wasteful spending, the Affordable Care Act is not and therefore should not be on the table for cuts in the budget talks. Because the Affordable Care Act is a service for the well being of our citizens, we cannot opt out in reducing its budget.

11/15/2013
Irving/ Texas
Emily
Bradley/Nimitz
The government needs to stop wasting money on unnecessary things. However, this does not mean cutting programs such as health care. Americans of the lower class deserve a chance to be able to afford a doctor. Cutting programs will not improve debt but instead drive more Americans into debt causing the whole to get bigger. Wealthy Americans should be taxed more in order to collect more revenue for the government. I agree with President Obama's plan. Also, reducing the presence in Iraq and Afghanistan can also be a way to lower debt. And when the Veterans come home the government should create more jobs. More people in the workforce equals more money the government will collect from income tax.

11/15/2013
Irving/Tx
Alonzo
Bradley/Nimitz
Raising the debt ceiling isn't helping us one bit. We are killing ourselves with this debt ceiling increase every time we're running out of money. I don't think the government should reduce its debt ceiling but they should at least try not to raise the debt ceiling anymore. In my opinion the getting rid of the health care law won't help our debt ceiling. People are still going to waste that money on unnecessary things. In the other hand if they have Obama care they are protected and are helping the government out. I agree with Obama on taxing the wealthier people. I know they worked hard for that money and it is well earned but there is others in America that have enough just to pay for their food and are still taxed. Might not be as much but they are still taxed according to their income.

11/15/2013
Irving/Texas
Daniel I.
Bradley/Nimitz
I think the government should stop raising the debt ceiling when we come close to reaching it. We should be able to work withing a given budget and not spend so much on unnecessary things. The only cuts that should be made is on is military spending, we don't need to be spending so much on military. As for the affordable care act,that is something else we should cut because it's going to hurt everyone more than it will help in the long run.

11/14/2013
Irving/Texas
Jose A.
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that the president was correct in saying that the most painless way of reducing the debt is to minimize U.S. occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan. It seems like the logical choice because that way the government wouldn’t have to pay for troops,equipment, and other expenses. I feel like the best way to reduce the debt is by doing a combination of both, raising revenue and making cuts on programs. This way the blow that the programs would receive wouldn’t be as hard as it would be if budget cuts were the only thing made. I think the affordable care act should be on the table for cuts after it’s been introduce fully to the American people. This is simply because the program is fairly new and not everybody knows what it’s about, they simply make irrational decisions because of the people in office.

11/14/2013
Irving/TX
Aaron
Bradley/Nimitz
Debt is unavoidable. You just can't be "debt-free" like *that* you have to work for it. You start out in a hole, and have to slowly make your way up----the size of said hole doesn't matter, 'cause either way, you're going to have to be climbing. In the case of the government, I say they need to set their priorites straight firstly before they even begin thinking about getting out of debt. They have to analyze their surroundings and plan carefully on how to get out; an easy task this is not, but debt, like I mentioned before, is unavoidable.

11/14/2013
Irving/TX
Yamilleth
Bradley/Nimitz
Cutting important programs like the Medicaid and Health Care Programs would only further damage the nations economy. The American people would be struggling everyday, while our debt would only seldom get better. They would further distrust the government for not catering to the public's needs. We need to stick to one budget instead of raising it and increasing our debt. We should cut out unnecessary programs that do not help the American Public, and by raising the revenue on wealthier citizens, not to an exaggerated degree, but the percentage that is equivalent to what the poor citizens have to pay for.

11/14/2013
Irving/TX
Yamilleth
Bradley/Nimitz
Cutting important programs like the Medicaid and Health Care Programs would only further damage the nations economy. The American people would be struggling everyday, while our debt would only seldom get better.

11/14/2013
Irving, Texas
Jacob F
Bradley/Nimitz
With the government already owing $16 trillion, it should no longer be a matter of raising or lowering the debt ceiling, but rather pursuing action in decreasing the debt. However, raising revenue from Americans making over $100,000 should not be considered to solve this problem as these people work for all of the money they earn. If the government were to raise taxes, it should be for all classes and types of people as it would be an unfair treatment to people who work hard for what they earn. Reducing the presence in Iraq and Afghanistan can be a feasible way to lower US debt, but the government cannot take too many people out of these countries as there might be a revolt against the few Americans the government may leave. I think that if anything, the government should lower the debt by lowering the pay the government workers own (ex: members in Congress on average making $174k a year (usgovinfo.about.com), the President on average making $400k a year (usgoveinfo.about.com), etc).

11/14/2013
Irving/Texas
Rudy
Bradley/Nimitz
I agree with President Obama’s plan. If we generate revenue by raising taxes for wealthy Americans earning over $100,000. However I do agree with the counter viewpoint’s argument that non essential welfare programs should be cut. These methods of reducing the deficit would affect Americans more across the board. This action could possibly bring us closer together. It may sound crazy, but something needs to happen to reduce our 16 trillion dollars of debt. As for the Affordable Care Act, This act needs to enter affect to reduce the price for Healthcare and essentially allow Americans to be able to withstand the hypothetical storm of higher taxes and loss of certain programs.

11/14/2013
Irving/Tx
Brian J.
Bradley/Nimitz
If our government keeps rising the debt ceiling whenever we get close to it, our overall debt will continue to grow. If we set a limit, we need to be able to stick to it and not blow right through it within a 6 month period. We need to be able to decide what programs are truly important right now and work on those and not spend money on things that don't essentially matter. The Affordable Care Act may need to be in the cuts in the budget cuts because it may eventually hurt more than it will help.

11/14/2013
Irving/Texas
Lyndsey
Bradley/Nimitz
I think the government should reduce debt by raising revenue taxes on wealthy Americans. Wealthy Americans don't have to worry as much on taking care of their families. They still do, but not as much as someone who is in a lower class. Raising their revenue taxes could help the debt and also the poorer families.

11/14/2013
Irving, TX
Jesus Gonzalez
Bradley/Nimitz HS
I think the government can reduce its debt by creating jobs that would make more money in taxes that would be able to repay how much it costed to make the jobs.I think increasing revenue would make more people spend more and fore them to be able to gain more profit.I think the Affordable Care Act should be in it considering it would lower price of medicare.

11/14/2013
Irving/Texas
Christian
Bradley/Nimitz
If the government try to reduce debt I believe that they can but it is such a large amount of money that they would have to try super hard to do this.Yes and no I believe that we should create systems of ways to manage money and not missuses it on things that are not necessary and yes the affordable care should be on the table because when is welfare not a good option.

11/13/2013
Irving/TX
Reyanna
Bradley/Nimitz
I do believe that the wealthy people may be a little too wealthy for their own good, but their money is their money. The government should not be taxing them just to make up for whatever money is lost. These people work for their money like anyone else. I think that if the government sets back money or gets rid of any extra expenses the country doeskin need, then we could start seeing ourselves come out of dept.

11/13/2013
Irving/TX
Edward H.
Bradley/Nimitz
I honestly think the government should reduce its debt by cutting programs and increasing revenues as well. But, I think it is a little to late to act on this enormous debt the united states government has right now. This is something that should have been more organized or something that should have been dealt with a long time ago; before it reached a whopping $16 trillion dollars. And I believe the Affordable Care Act should be on the table for a long and detailed discussion. Because anything that can help us with getting that debt down needs to be heavily considered.

11/12/2013
Irving/Texas
Laura G
Bradley/Nimitz HS
I think the government should reduce it's debt by doing it the less painful way. I feel that raising revenue taxes on wealthy Americans, the reduction of costs associated with the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan and most importantly cutting wasteful spending could be a way better option to reduce debt instead of budget cuts that would affect Americans who depend on welfare. I feel that the Affordable Care Act is the main reason why our government was shut down and needs to be on the table. I feel that by just cutting off programs we aren't establishing much or benefiting ourselves. Sure the wealthy might not be hurt but what about the poor?

11/11/2013
Irving/Texas
Joseph C.
Bradley/Nimitz
I agree with the President. I think that the best way to reduce America's debt is too raise revenue of taxes on wealthy Americans, cut wasteful spending, and reducing the U.S. presence in Irag and Afghanistan. We cannot help other countries if we cannot even help ourselves. We may not have to leave Iraq and Afghanistan completely, but at least take it slow and reduce spending needed to advance further into these countries. Also the wealthier Americans can help a lot just by being taxed a bit more than those who don't make as much. Now, as for the Affordable Care Act I think it should at least be discussed. Anything that has a possibility of helping us get out of debt should at least be considered even though it may not be the best, and an option we will choose.

11/8/2013
Irving/tx
Elizabeth C.
Bradley/Nimitz
In my opinion, taxing wealthy Americans is not the right way to make up for the gap which is causing the debt to rise. If I was in their shoes I would be extremely upset if my hard earned money was taken away from me. Sure they may not need all that money but it is still theirs to keep for themselves ,after all they worked for it. The Affordable Care Act needs to be looked at to see if there is a way money can be saved by getting rid or cutting down on expenses our country does not need.

11/8/2013
Irving/Texas
Cyndel
Bradley/Nimitz
The government should take into consideration that the $16 trillion dollars are not going anywhere rather they are piling up against us ,and if something isn't done now the ramifications will be inevitably harmful for everyone.I believe that a bit of both is needed in order to try to stabilize our country again.Get rid or cut down on expenses our country does not need and programs that are just there sucking up our money and increase taxation on the wealthy. These modifications would allow for the country to try to stabilize itself again.The Affordable Care Act should be on the table for budget cuts ,if the parties did not agree upon it then it should of never have been passed and approved by either sides of the bicameral. I believe though that something must be done urgently or we will have to face bankruptcy as a nation itself sooner rather than later.

11/6/2013
Irving/Tx
Marissa
Bradley/Nimitz
Budget cuts in programs such as welfare and non-Medicaid/Medicare government health care, or raising taxes on wealthy Americans earning over $100,000 are both methods for reducing the the debt that the nation is currently struggling with. The best option in my opinion is raising the revenue through taxes on wealthy Americans because I feel like it will hurt, the nation as a whole, less due to the fact that the wealthy can usually afford to pay a little bit higher tax whereas cutting from programs like Medicare and welfare could significantly hurt the ones who actually need it. Although budget cuts concerning the Affordable Care Act would help solve problems regarding the government debt, it would take a toll on the poorer families who need the care, which is also bad for the nation.

11/6/2013
Irving/Texas
Daniel S.
Bradley/Nimitz
It's clear to say that our debt of $16 trillion won't be reduced substantially anytime soon. However,cutting wasteful spending, reduction of the costs associated with reducing the U.S. presence in over sea nations, and taxing the wealthier class might have some say in just how high this debt ceiling will go. Our nation must weigh its options carefully. If we put our nose where it doesn't belong we will have bigger issues to resolve further down the road. I say it's better to measure twice and cut once! Make sure the cuts we make are only done after having positive confirmation that it was the proper way to handle business. As far as the affordable care act, I believe Obama is blinded by his own power. He wants so badly for this act to pass he can't see clearly how much it's hurting our nations economy. The costs keep piling up, however who am I too argue on the need for free health care paid for by the government when I myself am a privileged middle class american who's family can provide for ourselves. All in all something needs to be done about our nation's spending and quickly before things get more out of hand than they already are!

11/5/2013
Irving/TX
Brandon
Bradley/Nimitz
If the United States government truly wants to reduce its debt, I believe that it must raise revenue taxes on those that earn more than $500,000 per year. Although many may argue instead to cut programs such as welfare and medicaid, these programs are relied upon by a large amount of people and could cause a loss of trust in the government if abandoned. In addition, I believe that Affordable Care Act should be on the table for cuts in the budget talks. If it will only further envelop us in debt, and is not necessary, it should be open to discussion.

11/4/2013
Irving/TX
Scotty C.
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe the government needs to reduce the debt by cutting wasteful spending and by creating a better economy. We should not overly tax the rich to make up for the debt. That's taking individuals money that they worked for, to make up for the governments mistakes. Plus, when more and more taxes are put on the rich, bosses and employers are more likely to lay off workers to make up for the lost money. The Affordable Care Act needs to be on the table because that bill should also be examined to see if any money can be saved by cutting certain expenses out of it.

11/4/2013
Irving/Texas
David W.
Bradley/Nimitz HS
The government needs to find a way to increase revenue rate above the spending rate. Taxing the very wealthy, say people who make over one million dollars a year, would be a really good way to make up the gap causing the debt to rise. Reduction of military action and the cut of wasteful spending would also result in a lot more money that isn't being spent. Cutting programs could affect people in too drastic of a way because for some, that program is the only program funding their lives. However, if programs wouldn't cause a drastic lifestyle change to people, like the Affordable Care Act, then it would seem responsible and reasonable for the government to cut some of the spending on such programs.

11/1/2013
Irving/TX
Kristiyan
Bradley/Nimitz
Is it not so easy to answer the question of helping America's debt as students who do not have all of the information needed. I personally would limit the budget spending on war, weapons, and soldiers around the U.S. Increasing revenue and cutting programs is another way to reduce the debt and allowing this country to catch up economically. The affordable health care act should only be necessary for citizens who get regular check ups for example or constantly are involved medically and depend on the government. Therefore, there should be cuts made on this affordable care act and eventually the debt will decrease and the revenue will rise.

11/1/2013
Irving/Texas
Monica M. M.
Bradley/Nimitz
A government knows his rules, guidelines, and the power it holds. The person in charge should know how his house is functioning and what they have been dealing with. In order to reduce the debt he could go back to see where the most has been done. If medicare, for example, is the major deal concerning the spending then there should be a cut. However there needs to be proof for it to be cut. There can not be any cut backs if it is not for sure because of how many people there is involved. If it falls to be the medicare then there should be no act against the programs. The issue has been traced therefore a solution can be made. It does not involve any of the programs just raising taxes. The people must go with it unless they want their program taken away and not benefit anyone anymore. Also the Affordable Care Act should not be defunded. It is for the people and only the peoples benefit. The House should not be defunding an act that does no harm toward the well being of the citizens.

10/31/2013
Irving/Tx
Seth
Bradley/Nimitz
The government should reduce the debt in the quickest and most efficient way as possible so if raising taxes for more wealthier people does that or if cutting off welfare does that then so be it. We need to do everything possible in order for our country to relieve itself from this debt what ever needs possible.I believe that both cutting and increasing revenue might be the best and right way to reduce our debt. Now the affordable care act should not be on the table for cuts unless it is absolute necessary. It should be a last resort for our government.

10/31/2013
Irving/Texas
Chadwick
Bradley/Nimitz
The government needs to reduce debt by increasing revenue through taxes on individuals who make over 1 million dollars per year. With that much money for one person, they aren't going to be hurting if they have to fork over some of it to Uncle Sam. Cutting programs may seem a viable way to cut the debt; however all of the people who rely on the program will be hurt more tremendously from it and likely lose comfort and trust in the government. Though this may be rough, if that is a way for the government to cut the debt level then program cuts should be available. It's like a trip to the dentist, everyone hates going but we all know it’s a necessary task to complete. If the Affordable Care Act isn't a necessary addition to the lives of Americans and isn't going to drastically alter the lives of those who take advantage of it, then cut it. Plain and simple. If it isn't necessary, it should be open and on the table for cuts in the budget talks. In light of the recent opening of the healthcare.gov site and all of the problems and glitches associated with it, my sense is that Americans may already be losing interest and trust in the program. Maybe if the website and registration was easier to navigate and control, we would have more faith in the insurance it will provide.

10/31/2013
Irving/Tx
Miriam
Bradley/Nimitz
The debt should be decrease by spending less. At the same, programs that benefit many should still remain in place. Programs that aren’t showing and progress or benefiting people should be cut. Cut excessive government bonus, increase taxes for the wealthy. Things that aren’t necessary or essential need to be reduced. Equally taxing isn’t fair. The rich are earning thousands more yet paying the same as someone who makes a fraction of they make. Spending must be cut and revenues must be increased. The Affordable Healthcare Act should be put on the table because right now it is created too many problems. First we need to focus on getting rid of our debt then we can focus on healthcare. At the moment, this program isn’t functioning the way it should be and isn’t helping our nation.

10/30/2013
Irving/Tx
Pedro
Bradley/Nimitz
The government should reduce its debt by raising taxes, cutting programs, and reducing the amount of money spent. The government should start off by raising taxes on people who earn $100,0000 or more. These people have a lot of money and should do their part in paying taxes instead of trying to evade them. The government also needs to find programs that it can cut to help get out of debt. The Affordable Care Act should be on the table for cuts in the budget talks. With the debt at $16 trillion, new programs like the Affordable Care Act shouldn't be introduced especially since not everybody is in favor it. They should be cut until the debt can be lowered at least by a trillion or two. Obviously the debt isn't going to go away over night. So trying to get rid of it or reduce it is something that would take years. Raising revenue taxes, cutting programs, and a decrease in government spending are three key things that will help reduce the debt even if it takes many years.

10/30/2013
Irving/Texas
Sarah M.
Bradley/Nimitz
I think there are many ways that we could reduce our debt. For example: raising the retirement age, or putting a bigger tax on cigarettes, alcohol, and even marijuana in some cases. The government doesn’t necessarily need to cut programs, but that doesn’t mean that some programs couldn’t use some revising. As for the affordable care act, I don’t think it should be taken away or cut. I personally know someone who greatly benefits from it, and if it were to be repealed, this person would have nowhere to stay and no money to pay for his treatment. The U.S. should stop borrowing so much money from other countries and from its own citizens, and quit spending on things that do not HAVE to be changed or improved or created. If the government put its priorities in order, it may stand a better chance of at least decreasing the trillions of dollars it owes.

10/29/2013
Irving/TX
Sergio G.
Bradley/nimitz
I'm my opinion I believe that the only way of lowering such a number would be to do more than one thing. If the U.S. really wants to lower its debt it would have to cut programs and raise revenue taxes. This way the people realize that they are not just pinpointing the debt on some class but on all. Doing this would lower the debt quicker and would create less problems. Also I believe creating some budget cuts to the Affordable Care Act would be well as well because creating another program will just help the debt rise quicker.

10/29/2013
irving/ texas
Adrian
bradley/ nimitz
I believe that the government should not spend such a large amount of its budget on things that it cannot get a significant return on. Things such as military spending and foreign aid, these provide an unnecessary drain on our resources. the affordable care act should be allowed to grow.

10/28/2013
Benson Arizona
Kovan
Mr. sorinson Benson High school
I think The Government should start by not spending as much then moving on paying it all off. Cutting sertian programs i think would be a good way of cutting costs. If the affordable care is off the table it should be left off the table. The Government need to start new and get a better system to limit spending and pay off the countries debt.

10/28/2013
Irving/Tx
Hannah W.
Bradley/Nimitz
In my personal opinion the government should make necessary cuts in the government spending, but make it to where it does not affect the people of the United States. But to me it really doesn’t seem like the government takes the people into account at all. Like for instance when the government shut down, did they even think about how the shutdown was going to affect people. Sure they were fine, but some americans that jobs were shut down were affected tremendously. Our government should start taking how we as american citizens think. So in the case of should the government make cuts to help reduce the amount of debt that we as American have, yes, but not at the cost to where it could hurt many Americans financially.

10/28/2013
Irving/Texas
Teven
Bradley/Nimitz
The government should reduce debt by increasing revene, however, simply making more money is never easy. If the government does decide to cut spending on programs like Medicare or Medicaid, then there will be a massive public outcry. If Obamacare has been said to be off the table, it should not be negotiated on. Perhaps the best way to reduce debt would be to stop spending money spying on other governments.

10/27/2013
Irving/Texas
Roberto S
Bradley/Nimitz Hs
I feel that the government should increase revenue so the, national debt won't have to increase as offend, another result could be to increase taxes on top ten percent or the top one percent of the wealthy, because they will be able to bring in more money to the government to reduce the national debt.

10/25/2013
Benson/Arizona
Ashley
Sorenson/Benson
I can't say that I agree with the affordable care act going in, especially if its beginning to raise questions on national budget costs. I understand that it is put into place for the good of the country, to support the people who need it, but there are per-existing programs, and we should take advantage of those before putting on the table legislature that has the potential to put our government into a shut down.

10/24/2013
Irving/Tx
Jordan B.
Bradley/Nimitz
It’s hard to talk like we know how to help America's debt when we really only know half of the story, or what we are told. To me though cutting budgets on non needed, frivolous things would help restore the debt that we are in. To me also the affordable healthcare act should have not been made. Although this is coming for someone who’s family can afford health care.

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