House Speaker John Boehner told a gathering of religious broadcasters Sunday that the nation's staggering debt is "immoral."
"We have a moral responsibility to address the problems we face. That means working together to cut spending and rein in government," Boehner said in a speech to the National Religious Broadcasters' annual convention in Nashville. The $14.1 trillion debt that burdens the nation is "a mortal threat to our country. It is also immoral. It is immoral to bind our children to as leeching and destructive a force as debt. It is immoral to rob our children's future and make them beholden to China. No society is worthy that treats its children so shabbily."
Boehner's remarks came as a gridlocked Congress tries to avert a government shutdown, which would come at midnight Friday if a continuing resolution authorizing government funding for the current fiscal year isn't approved.
"We have a moral responsibility to address the problems we face. That means working together to cut spending and rein in government -- not shutting it down," the Ohio congressman said, according to excerpts of the talk posted on his website. " . . . This is very simple: Americans want the government to stay open, and they want it to spend less money. We don't need to shut down the government to accomplish that."