By increasing the debt limit we allow the Federal Government to borrow more and more money. The fiscally responsible action is to 1) have Congress make a budget (which has not happened in any year under the Obama administration but is required under the Constitution), 2) figure out what revenues there are, which would be the limit on spending and 3) make the spending cuts necessary to enable the country to "pay its bills" out of what existing revenue there is. Isn’t that what businesses and families have to do to prevent bankruptcy? Republicans should already have articulate spokesmen out there framing the issue. Instead, they are once again allowing Obama to position Republicans as the "bad guys" who are preventing America from "paying its bills" instead of the "good guys" who are trying to be fiscally responsible and prevent another recession and runaway inflation.
Democrats are framing the issues in a way that will allow them to retake the House in 2014. Republicans need articulate strategic and tactical thinkers and spokesmen who can take the initiative and present the Republican message in a way that the public can clearly understand before the Democrats frame the issue, if they want to survive as a political party.