The president must say no to the ceiling! He should do as former Pres. Clinton suggests: use the nuclear trigger of the Fourteenth Amendment. The ceiling cap violates the Constitution by denying the president the right to spend as Congress already votes for him to spend!
The extreme Republicans with their no Norquist no new taxes threaten the economy. We all should look at what the Union needs and proceed to tax accordingly.
They would so trim the federal government to the role of the watch guard state that millions of Americans would suffer.