The Obama administration wants Congress to raise the debt ceiling so our government can borrow more than the almost $14.3 trillion currently allowed by law. Conservatives want any debt increase tied to spending cuts, and a recent vote shows Obama lacks the political capital to ram through an increase as he might have in the past.
But an increase in borrowing authority is no solution to our nation’s woes.
How will a little bump curtail unfunded entitlement liabilities some estimate to cost more than $100 trillion?
Instead of raising the ceiling for more debt to support policies rewarding unwed motherhood, broken families and failing government-run schools, we must instead raise America's moral ceiling to promote the institution of marriage, hard work and quality education.
In the long run, reinvigorating these virtues could effectively cut spending by lessening the need for government entitlements now certain to bankrupt our government.
Conventional wisdom suggests a precipitous moral decline in America since the 1960s. Consequently, no subgroup has been affected more than the black family. The notion of family has changed. Marriage no longer seems to hold the same appeal and divorce rates have skyrocketed. Two-parent homes and academic performances suffer chronically, while crime and illegitimacy flourish. But the liberal elite apparently considers all this a series of social non sequiturs.