The simplistic, if understandable, answer to that question for many conservatives is right now. The national debt has surpassed our GDP, we're borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend, and our unpaid-for federal obligations already exceed $80 trillion. We're in dire straits; there's no escaping that. But there's also no escaping certain political realities: The public isn't feeling especially charitable toward Congressional Republicans these days, Democrats control 55 Senate seats, and this president will occupy the Oval Office for the next four years. If the GOP is seeking to apply pressure on the Left to improve our...
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The point is use intelligent tactics to achieve political objective. The debt ceiling is the wrong battle in attempting to constrain spending and regain political power. There are other vehicles much more friendly to the Republican cause. First is sequestration, second is the continuing resolution. Many true conservatives don't recognize that some means are more likely to achieve the desired ends than others. You seem to be among those.
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