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There is no denying that not raising the debt ceiling would result in aggressive spending prioritization and tough choices about what not to fund, but it would not have resulted in not paying our creditors.

The threat of default is a scare tactic used by politicians to bludgeon other politicians into continuing to spend money we do not have at the expense of our children and grandchildren.

A clean debt-ceiling increase is a surrender to short-term political considerations — on a bipartisan basis, I might add — superseding the interests of our posterity.

It’s about politicians cynically putting more on the plate of people who can vote for them this November by picking the pockets of those who are yet to be born and who may never be able to cast a ballot for them.

Rep. Todd Rokita is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana.