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Is the National Debt Still a Voter Priority?

national debtIs the national debt still a key election issue? Is that a priority on your mind as you step into the voting booth for the upcoming presidential election? And will any candidates prioritize the issue?

The Hill reports:

Washington wants to spend more.

Just four years ago, the nation’s rapidly expanding debt was seen as Washington’s number one crisis.

When House Republicans took the majority in 2011, they made it their overarching mission to rein in spending. Together with the White House, they agreed to limit spending for the next decade by the use of budget caps.

Now those spending ceilings are unpopular with members of both parties.

Pressure to break them is coming from all sides, and building.

My question is—does it matter to most voters if we dig a deeper national debt hole?

Do people genuinely care, or are the debt numbers so big and ridiculous that they seem borderline surreal?

Have Americans become desensitized to the debt issue because they assume that no politicians—left or right—can be trusted to tackle it seriously?

Have people mostly pushed the debt issue to the side, feeling that no matter who they vote for or who gets elected, debt will rise?

Has a wave of indifference swept the nation on this issue due to disappointment in political leaders and a growing acceptance of the burdens that will face future generations?

Tell me what you think. Tweet me @JedediahBila or leave your comment below.

Jedediah Bila is a Fox News host and commentator, author, columnist, and former professor and academic dean. Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila.

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