Debt ceiling fight looms as GOP mulls what policy changes to attach

It seems incredible that the Democrats can go through 8 years of the Bush presidency, adding rider after rider to debt ceiling bills, and now claim that President Obama deserves a "clean" debt increase. But that's the reality. And since no one is going to remind the American people that previous Democratic congresses routinely used the debt limit increase to advance policy goals, it seems probable that all the pressure to play ball with the White House will fall on Republicans. Wall Street Journal: Republican lawmakers insisted Sunday that any increase in the nation's borrowing authority should have policy changes attached, a demand at odds with White House officials and Senate Democrats, who held firm in their position that Congress must pass a "clean" debt-limit increase. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), appearing on "Fox News Sunday," said it was "irresponsible" and "unreasonable" for President Barack Obama to call on Congress to raise the debt ceiling...(Read Full Post)