The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate have both passed debt-ceiling/budget-reduction plans that the other chamber has rejected. Go ahead, read them both. Then try telling me that the federal budget is just like a family budget.
But as Doug Wiken pointed out earlier this month, even the flimsy family budget analogy says that we should solve the problem, not concoct wild Rube Goldberg vehicles for ideology like the bills currently floundering in Congress. If we were on the road and the family van blew a tire, we wouldn't sit in the ditch recalculating our 401K contributions. We'd put on a spare, go to the shop, and fix or replace the tire.
The problem right now is the debt ceiling. The solution right now is to raise it. Congress should thus amend H.R. 2693 by striking everything after the enacting clause except Section 401, leaving a simple one-sentence bill:
SEC. 401. PUBLIC DEBT.
Subsection (b) of section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking the dollar limitation contained in that subsection and inserting `$16,994,000,000,000'.
That's all we need today, kids. We can fight about everything else tomorrow.