Fiscal Responsibility, According to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew
By Randall Holcombe • Monday July 29, 2013 6:57 AM PST •
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, commenting on the federal debt limit, says, “Congress needs to do its job. It needs to work on appropriation bills. It needs to pass a debt limit.“ With a national debt of more than $16 trillion, Mr. Lew thinks that the responsible thing for Congress to do is to run up the debt even more. One would think he would say, “Congress needs to do its job. It needs to cut appropriations. It needs to balance the budget.” There’s not even a hint here that fiscal responsibility means balancing the budget. That idea left town with the Clinton administration.
One irony about Mr. Lew’s saying Congress needs to pass a debt limit is that it just did that, less than a year ago.