The House Republican leadership did the right thing Tuesday, allowing the chamber to approve a bill that would raise the
The first hurdle GOP leaders encountered was their inability to unite their fractious membership behind a single demand, whether it was approving the Keystone XL pipeline, rolling back
The second and more serious hurdle was Democrats' insistence that the debt limit be raised with no strings attached. Their position was grounded in good public policy: Raising the debt limit doesn't authorize more spending; it merely allows Washington to keep the commitments that it has already made.
Many House Republicans voted against raising the debt limit in the apparent hope that the public won't hold them accountable for the continuing deficits. If they're really serious about the growing debt, though, they'll get working on bills to solve the main source of the government's long-term fiscal problems: the rising cost of healthcare entitlements, such as