Instead of debating and discussing the question "should we raise the debt limit?" the BETTER topic for serious discussion SHOULD be: "How much should we immediately LOWER the Debt Limit?" The answer should require, of course, that we meet all current obligations as a condition of ANY and ALL possible answers. No defaults permitted. That limits the money available to spend on other stuff, of course, so the NEXT question should then be: "How do we divvy up the balance of our resources?"