What point is it to raise the debt ceiling to get a balanced budget amendment? If you dont raise the debt ceiling, you have to balance the budget. I think we are just getting more punting. I know everyone says that if we do not raise the debt ceiling our interest rates will go up. I know they say if we do raise the debt ceiling with no fixes the interest rates go up. I say dont raise it. If the rates go up it does not matter as far as the federal government goes as they wont be borrowing any money. It is time to balance and not raising it will force the budget to be balanced. If we do not want taxes, dont raise it and cuts will have to be made. Simple as that just stop punting the ball down the road. As far that the republicans being blamed I dont see the recent poll as saying they will be blamed. The same poll asks how many people think we should raise it and 70% said no. Then the same poll asks who will be responsible and it says the republicans. I think that is saying I dont want the ceiling raised and the republicans will be the ones to stop it from happening. I think it is spin to make it look bad.