He advocates for the President to simply insist that the Republicans raise the ceiling enough to accommodate the Paul Ryan budget that they all voted for last year. And that, my friends, means another $6 trillion of headroom in the ceiling over the next ten years.
Of course, those who would wield the ceiling for bargaining leverage have to be responsive to shame, logic, and arithmetic for this to work, so it’s far from foolproof. One could also point out that raising the ceiling merely allows Congress to pay for goods and services they’ve already authorized. I guarantee you, that fact resonates with audiences across the land. Deciding not to pay for the meal when you’re tucking into the dessert course doesn’t go down well with most of us.