This agreement will reopen the government and stop any talk of a default, which are both good things. However, I could not support this bill because it didn’t do anything to address our continued deficit spending, which has resulted in a $17 trillion debt [Rep. Kristi Noem, quoted in Pat Powers, "Noem Statement on Debt Vote," Dakota War College, 2013.10.16].
Rep. Noem has inspired me to write the following letter to Home Federal:
Dear Home Federal Bank:
I know you want me to pay my mortgage this month, which is a good thing. However, your request for payment of the debt I’ve incurred does not include any discussion of a plan for me to make more money or to finance future purchases. Therefore, I am voting against paying my mortgage. Thank you.
Feel free to try that out on your banker, and see how their loan officers vote the next time you come in for financing.