There is no time like the present to bring an end to the massive US fiscal deficits. Congress should vote a resounding "no" to an increase in the debt limit. Force the issue. It is the only way any progress will ever take place. It gets no easier later. Now is the time as Senator Obama pointed out five years ago, when he voted, as a senator, not to increase the debt limit. He was right then, he is wrong now.
For example, moving the age limits on social security saves a lot more money if you do it now, than if you do it one year from now or five years from now. Why wait until all of the baby boomers have retired and the problem is a multiple of what it is today. Do it now!
This is the time. This is the place. Folks like Senator Warner of Virginia claim to be moderates, but their voting record is to the left of Barney Frank. They are preaching that if we don't raise the debt ceiling, there will be catastrophe. Thanks to senators like Warner there has been an ever escalating deficit. He knows that he won't be there when the ultimate catastrophe comes. All Warner wants is the ability to waste more taxpayer dollars and postpone dealing with the problem, so that he can get re-elected. That's why he wants a "clean" debt ceiling increase bill.
Congress should call Biden's bluff. A poll taken in the last few days shows that the public favors a "no" vote on raising the debt ceiling by a margin of 41-38. Every Congressman who votes to increase the debt ceiling should lose his seat -- Democrat or Republican.