The House members should take a stand . . .

 House members, don't vote to raise the debt ceiling unless and until . . . the Senate has already passed a bill which cuts spending IMMEDIATELY and which has at least a 3 to 1 ratio of spending cuts over the debt ceiling increase, and the new debt ceiling is good for a full year. You are then voting for that bill, which Democrats have submitted.

Period. No exceptions. No more negotiations. No more last second deals. Republican members of the house have a mandate to cut government spending. Government spending is out of control.

This is exactly what happened over the weekend when the Senate put together a last second package to head off the huge tax increases. The Senate passed it, Obama gave his approval, and the House (mostly holding their noses) passed it only then.

When the next debt ceiling rolls around a year later, no debt ceiling increase unless the Senate has already passed a bill which cuts entitlement spending (medicare, social security, and medicaid) at least to the levels envisioned in the Simpson-Bowles report. You are then voting for that bill, which Democrats have submitted.

Period. No exceptions. No more negotiations. No more last second deals. Republican members of the house have a mandate to cut entitlement spending. Entitlement spending is out of control.

Put Obama (The Spender-in-Chief) and the Senate Democrats on notice. They are going to have to take the lead in cutting spending, or let the country hit the debt ceiling. If Republicans publicly take this stand ahead of time, Democrats will have no one to blame but themselves if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.

The United States House of Representatives is a sovereign body. They do not have to answer to the President or the Senate. Follow the policy outlined above, and you won’t need a third debt ceiling increase. Of course, the Democrats may not come up with a bill. In that case, let them struggle to keep the government going. Only we the people will suffer, but if we don’t stop out of control spending we’re going to suffer even more.