It's frustrating to me that, apparently, 70% of Americans don't understand what the debt ceiling is about. It is emphatically NOT about allowing ourselves to go into further debt. It is not about spending more. It is about allowing us to spend the money we have already "spent." In other words, it's a question of whether or not we are going to pay what we already owe. Those who oppose raising the debt ceiling are saying they want us not to send out the social security checks in August or pay our soldiers in August or pay the banks we've borrowed from in August.
The amount of debt America owes will not change one way or another either way. Republicans and Democrats are trying to leverage this issue because everyone knows it has to happen.