Dose this country really need a debt ceiling limit? Seriously, what useful purpose does it serve? If your answer is, we need to curtail irresponsible congressional spending you are wrong. It doesn't work. Congress discovered that all they had to do was extend the limit making it higher. This worked very well for both parties, until someone figured out that you could use it as a weapon to get your legislation passed. All you had to do was to have a majority in the House and announce you will not vote to extend the limit until everybody saw it your way. No compromises. Of course, you would have to have legislators sign a pledge that they would never support a bill that called for a tax increase. In addition you would have to have an astonishing number of first time elected lawmakers who wouldn't understand the consequences of their actions. Hey, did Grover Norquist think this up? Isn't he the guy that wants the government so small that it can operate out of a walk-in closet?
I think we should repeal the debt limit weapon of mass government destruction as soon as possible. There should be enough moderate Republicans and Democrats to do this.
Bob Van Velkinburgh