Ok I don't get it.... You have the democrats over a barrel... Obama has promised to reform entitlements in return for extending the Bush tax cuts. You would have a deal with 80% speinding cuts and 20% revenue enhancements. You can go down in history as the Congress that finally stepped up to the plate and addressed Medicare before it ate the budget But instead You choose to give the President the power to raise the debt ceiling on your own knowing that the Bush tax cuts are temporary. All so you can make a symbollic vote against the Debt ceiling but not have it have any meaning. Can anyone provide the rational thinking behind this decision?