The raise in the debt ceiling is going to happen, but if the Repub's are smart they can put a halt to the juggernaut right now. Tell the Dem's that they can have a modest increase, just enough to pay the current bills but we want a law guaranteeing that Social Security benefits are no longer subject to federal budget constraints. In other words, social security must be paid regardless of other obligations. Take away the sword. Now the fight gets put into perspective. Medicare/Medicaid reform, what about Obama Care? Do we really need all those regulatory agencies? ETC.