The media have joined the debt ceiling battle by saying that even new Congressmen have debt, so debt is acceptable. They ignore several crucial differences between the debts of the freshman Congressmen they attack, and the national debt.
What are the media saying?
Specifically, The Washington Post looked at the disclosure forms that every new Member of Congress must file. They published a story with this headline: “Some Republican freshmen in Congress hold major debt.” How major? One new man—Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27)—has unsecured credit-card debt in a range from $45,000 to $150,000. (The form probably has a check-off line giving that range; the Post cannot say that Farenthold actually carries $150,000 in credit card balances.) More to the point, at least 30 new Members have more than $50,000 in liabilities, not counting mortgages on their homes.