The debt limit vote in Congress that came up last week was a cheap political ploy with potentially catastrophic results.
I applaud the three Maryland House Democrats — Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Donna Edwards — who had the good sense to support increasing the debt ceiling. Shame on their fellow Democrats who caved to the threat of a 30-second attack ad. They had a chance to do the right thing.
Just because you vote to raise the debt ceiling does not mean you oppose spending cuts. Mr. Ruppersberger is right when he says that the budget debate isn't about whether or not to cut — it's about what to cut — and a bill to increase the debt ceiling is the wrong vehicle to have that debate.
Republicans introduced this bill only to defeat it, then had to beg Wall Street not to take their votes seriously. Using the debt as a pawn in a partisan spending debate sends a terrible message. Damage to the global and domestic credit market will surely follow.
The 97 Democrats who voted in favor of the motion more than proved they are willing to ignore political games and make the tough choices to get us out of this mess.