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What the Debt Limit Deal Means for You

By Wendy Bidwell
February 13, 2014

Ever since the House passed a bill Tuesday to raise the debt ceiling with no strings attached, the conservative groups are all charging with the same message… "This is outrageous, it is irresponsible, and shame on you 28 Republicans who voted for this… "

The sentiment is correct. But had the House passed a bill with strings attached, it would have failed in the Senate, and the mainstream media would have spun the same web as last year when Republicans were responsible for the government shutdown. But hey, that's how it goes when you have a largely uninformed American public.

Lately I can't help but see the resemblance between our position as concerned citizens and the big government machine as somewhat codependent. We view ourselves as the "wronged" party dealing with the spendoholic… We get frustrated, gnash our teeth, clench our fists, scream, and call people names. I personally reside in this camp, and I talk back to the television quite a bit.

But here are our flaws… We refuse to really work together. We are too full of judgments to form the necessary intervention circle and together say, "We will be treated with respect. We won't continue to go to work and pay for all of the costs of this country if you don't live within these boundaries… "

You and I know the only way to change another person's behavior is to stop reacting and put the onus squarely back on that person's shoulders. The same is true with this collective spendoholic…

You see, by the usually sinister House of Representatives not taking the bullet for Americans, we very well might have made a step in the right direction on Tuesday. Now Americans in both parties, independents, libertarians, the unregistered, and anyone else living in this great nation are all forced to deal with the reality of a $17.3 trillion debt slated to exceed $27 trillion by 2024 if we don't change our ways.

Instead of getting frustrated, gnashing our teeth, and clenching our fists, we can do something about what just went down. The problem is we've been defeated one too many times, so we tend to think, "What's the point in putting myself out there just to be overruled by those idiots again?… "

When we think these thoughts (or more likely say them) we operate out of a position of weakness. Let's turn it around… After all, we are immeasurably strong and capable. If you stop and think about it… You already know this.

Here is the deal: We have to get more fiscal conservatives in office in the 2014 midterm elections. We need to take back the U.S. Senate.

I'm noticing conservative organizations and media outlets with great intentions saying we need to pick up six seats in the Senate, going on to identify the seats for which this is most likely to happen.

If we rely on this approach, we will not win. We must target twelve seats and do everything we can to win all of them so that we can win at least six.

I feel so strongly that this is the winning approach that the midterm 2014 elections will be our main focus this year. Soon The Project will identify 12 Senate candidates, vetting these individuals by focusing on five key issues related to fiscal sanity.