South Floridians Sound Off On Lingering Debt Debate

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – The debt ceiling debate in Washington is hitting the South Florida airwaves.

One ad dubbed ‘spenditol’ urges viewers to call U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, (D) FL, and weigh in on the debate.

The ad shows a woman doing a parody of a medicine commercial saying that spenditol will cure the nation’s debt or that spenditol is a congressional wonder drug.

It was produced by the conservative group ‘Concerned Women for America.’

Leftist leaning groups are getting in on the act too. has a commercial dubbed ‘Big Mike’s Losin’ Sleep’.

In it a man wakes up from a seemingly bad dream filled with Washington lawmakers and says

“The Republicans must be crazy” and “under George W. Bush Congress raised the national debt limit seven times!”

The ads are designed to get you fired up on the debt ceiling debate, and weigh in with your local congressman or senator.

CBS4 News spoke with Senator Bill Nelson’s Washington office and they say that last week about 2,000 calls came into their office.  The majority of those calls were from people concerned about the future of Social Security.

When CBS4’s Joan Murray informally polled South Floridians about what’s going on in Washington, we heard a lot of frustration about the inability so far to reach a deal on raising the debt ceiling.

“They have no idea what they’re doing.  They are clueless, completely clueless,” said Gary Williams.

Voter Trudy Palin agreed, “Nobody is giving any consideration to the good of the country.”

“It’s like children playing in a sandbox they don’t know the rules,” lamented Melissa Bobis.

Murray also asked South Floridians whether they would be in favor of more cuts or raise taxes.

“To avoid default and make the U.S. credit go bad, yes choosing higher taxes may be the lesser of two evils,” said Andrew Kelly

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  • bobbyb

    Well- do you want to loose benefits and pay more for Medicare and get less Social Security or do you want to see Big Oil and multi-millionaires pay taxes. Republican tax breaks for the wealthy are not helping 98% of Americans.

  • artmiami

    “When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you. . . you may know that your society is doomed.” Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged

  • artmiami

    America is a Constitutional Republic, those inclined to think of it as a democracy are simply regurgitating what the progressive liberals keep repeating , like some mantra.
    Socialist dogma will only lead to further decline of the Country , and must be defeated.
    History has shown that on every occasion democracy’s collapse and ultimately murder their own people. This is a fact that can not be disputed if history is studied.

  • Robert

    I am Cuban who has been in this country, legally, for the last 59 years and am 68 years old, around the corner is the possibility that my Social Security checks and the Medicare benefits will be reduced… Oh well! But I am going to laugh like hell when THAT day comes because the majority of Cubans over the age of 50 years old are hard line republicans and have been such since the issue with former President Kennedy. The loudest mouths in that group are retired and a bit on the low class who live off the Social Security and Medicare systems and some into Medicaid. Thery root for the Tea Party… David Rivera… Marco Rubio etc. but what are they going to do then when their checks STOP!?
    In fact… I am laughing already

  • ericjk

    What can capitol hill to reduce its deficit:
    Reduce the number of roles and spending at federal level and restrict those to very essential ones

  • Brett Rinker

    The first ever GAO (Government Accountability Office) audit of the Federal Reserve was carried out in the past few months due to the Ron Paul, Alan Grayson Amendment to the Dodd-Frank bill, which passed last year.Jim DeMint, a Republican Senator, and Bernie Sanders, an independent Senator, led the charge for a Federal Reserve audit in the Senate, but watered down the original language of the house bill (HR1207), so that a complete audit would not be carried out. Ben Bernanke (pictured to the left), Alan Greenspan, and various other bankers vehemently opposed the audit and lied to Congress about the effects an audit would have on markets. Nevertheless, the results of the first audit in the Federal Reserve�s nearly 100 year historywere posted on Senator Sander�s webpage earlier this morning. What was revealed in the audit was startling: $16,000,000,000,000.00 (TRILLION) had been secretly given out to US banks and corporations and foreign banks
    everywhere from France to Scotland.From the period between December 2007 and June 2010, the Federal Reserve had secretly bailed out many of the world�s banks, corporations, and governments. The Federal Reserve likes to refer to these secret bailouts as an all-inclusive loan program, but virtually none of the money has been returned and it was loaned out at 0% interest. Why the Federal Reserve had never been public about this or even informed the United States Congress about the $16 trillion dollar bailout is obvious � the American public would have been outraged to find out that the Federal Reserve bailed out foreign banks while Americans were struggling to find jobs.
    To place $16 trillion into perspective, remember that GDP of the United States is only $14.12 trillion. The entire national debt of the United States government spanning its 200+ year history is �only� $14.5 trillion. The budget that is being debated so heavily in Congress and the Senate is �only� $3.5 trillion. Take all of the outrage and debate over the $1.5 trillion deficit into consideration, and swallow this Red pill: There was no debate about whether $16,000,000,000,000 would be given to failing banks and failing corporations around the world.
    In late 2008, the TARP Bailout bill was passed and loans of $800 billion were given to failing banks and companies. That was a blatant lie considering the fact that Goldman Sachs alone received 814 billion dollars. As is turns out, the Federal Reserve donated $2.5 trillion to Citigroup, while Morgan Stanley received $2.04 trillion. The Royal Bank of Scotland and Deutsche Bank, a German bank, split about a trillion and numerous other banks received hefty chunks of the $16 trillion.

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