Posted: 7:00 am Thursday, June 19th, 2014

David Perdue’s debt ceiling two-step 

By Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON — In David Perdue’s new ad thwacking Jack Kingston in the Republican U.S. Senate runoff, the announcer ominously informs us that Kingston “voted to raise the debt ceiling repeatedly, adding trillions to the national debt.”

Debt ceiling attacks are powerful and predictable, as the AJC reported in detail in October, but what’s interesting about this dig is Perdue has repeatedly warned against breaching the debt ceiling.

In the video above, shot by a tracker in December and passed along to us Wednesday, Perdue tells the crowd:

“We have two things the rest of the world does not have. We have a $16 trillion economy. It’s bigger than the next five economies in the world. And we have the good faith and credit of the United States of America.

“And we’ve been trying to kill both of them this year –Democrats with the economy and the Republicans by threatening to default on the federal debt. And I spoke out against that.”

This difference is nuance you don’t get in a 30-second clip.  Perdue, in fact, sided with Ted Cruz during last year’s government shutdown and debt limit debate. In general, he was in the a-pox-on-all-their-houses camp when it came to debt ceiling brinkmanship, saying fiscal reforms should have been worked out long ago and without an economy-rattling deadline. Our own Galloway called him the adult in the room for giving a similar quote to the one above.

Kingston voted for debt ceiling increases when Republicans controlled the White House and both branches of Congress. The most recent increase Kingston supported was attached to a Republican-authored budget in 2006 and raised the cap to a now quaint-sounding $8.9 trillion (these days the debt is a cool $17.5 trillion).

Now that under President Obama debt limit hikes have become apocalyptic showdowns — and Kingston has voted against them — the political terrain has shifted, but Perdue wants to remind voters that Kingston has been in Washington long enough to give his approval to rising debt numbers.

Perdue has based his campaign on being a fiscal hawk and talks about the national debt every chance he gets. He’s not saying is under what circumstances he would approve a debt ceiling increase — but it’s clear such circumstances exist. Perdue told me in October that he wanted the deadline to spark “a real bipartisan effort to get at the huge crux of this thing” and wanted economic growth initiatives to be part of the discussion along with tax and spending figures.

That’s how you side with Cruz but still position yourself for a general election. It helps not to have a voting record, too.

Kingston acknowledged in the October AJC story that when your party is in control, the debt ceiling is a killer must-pass vote. So he saw this ad coming:

“Those of us who’ve been here for a while and have had to vote for a debt ceiling, it’s something you’re going to get dinged on — period, ” said Kingston, a Savannah Republican first elected to Congress in 1992.

“There’s just no way around it, ” he said, “but that’s part of being an incumbent, part of governing, that you have to make tough votes.”

 

15 comments
honested
honested

We do have a huge debt.

It has been built over a long time with the largest increase since 2002.

Only a fool would not see that is high time to raise taxes and pay it down!

Jke
Jke



CHARGE:“Jack Kingston voted to raise the debt ceiling repeatedly....”

RESPONSE: Jack Kingston is the only candidate in this race who has actually cut the federal budget and has repeatedly voted against raising the debt ceiling.  The limited times he voted to raise it were to ensure Social Security and Medicare payments during the government shutdowns of the mid-1990s, to clear the way for the reforms that led to the first balanced budgets in a generation, and to ensure troops were cared for while in harm’s way.

CHARGE:“He spent our tax dollars on thousands of wasteful earmarks…”

RESPONSE: Jack Kingston led the charge to curtail earmarks.  He wrote the first earmark moratorium bill that was eventually adopted by the full Republican Conference and later all of Congress.

Caius
Caius

"...Kingston “voted to raise the debt ceiling repeatedly, adding trillions to the national debt.” "

I trust this is not intended to be a factual statement but is just another dose of political B S voters are fed.

What adds to the national debt is spending, not paying for what you have already spent. 


In 1981 the US decided that the best way to stop deficit spending was to reduce government revenue and increase government spending. 

 



hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

The founding fathers believed that too much power by any faction was dangerous to the Republic (Federalist 10).

Georgia history suggests that belief is correct. For over a hundred years it has been a one party system. Georgia's natural attributes, geography, climate, people position it to be one of the bright spots in the USA.

Its continued embrace of a one party system is a principal factor holding it back.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Another day, another partisan column. The good news for Republicans is that the Democrat-partisan AJC has almost no influence on elections—as demonstrated in its failed attempt to knock off Gov. Deal in the recent primary. And in poll results:


Deal 44%; Carter 38%

Kingston 43%; Nunn 37% 

Perdue 43%; Nunn 38%

—Latest polling from 11Alive News (WXIA-TV). http://tinyurl.com/ouq4e3d

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

Full faith in nothing. Listen to Perdue for a while and you conjure nauseating images of Ga's last governor. But then, listen to Kingston for a while and you wonder how anyone with a brain would vote for either of them.

Joeleejohnson
Joeleejohnson

I may just vote for this Pardue guy--He talks out of both sides of his mouth with the best of 'em!

findog
findog

Is either willing to gut the DOD to balance the budget?

Is either willing to return to the level of taxes that balanced the budget and spurred the longest stretch of economic growth in US history?

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@honested


And it would be nice to see states take the lead. So much of the federal spending increases we have seen since Reagan's administration have been designed to shore up inadequately financed state budgets.


Heck, if the states taxed and spent adequately many  federal department (like DOE and DOT) could legitimately decrease in size and scope.


The federal government would still need to modestly raise taxes, but spending could decrease without damaging the economy if states would become more responsible to their citizens.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@hamiltonAZ


They also believed, or at least Madison did (he is the only author of Federalist 10), that the principle source for faction is the unequal distribution of property.  And it is very clear that this is the case...especially in Red states that refuse to address the issue of inequality.


When I taught at Case Western I loved making my students read the Federalist Papers...it woke a lot of them up to the fact that the Founder's were not market-fundamentalists. Indeed, Madison was a proto-Marxist.


Don't tell the conservatives though...they don't study and never will. It is so much easier for them to just listen to what they are told by their information bureaus on the radio and Faux News.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Another day - another brain dead comment - as if the '20 people listening' hadn't seen your discredited poll on any of other times you posted it.

Fortunately, you have even less influence on elections.

DS
DS

@findog, this came up last week, I believe, when Kingston was promoting legislation to keep the Air Force A-10 flying.

The Air Force doesn't even want to do this, and they believe they don't need it. If they stop flying it, we would save $3.5 billion over 5 years.

The House Appropriations committee rejected Kingston's legislation.

But this showed that Kingston is happy to spend taxpayer money on military programs that the military doesn't even want.