Our growing national debt and glaring failure to root out the problem at its source is embarrassing. Raising the debt limit is a poor attempt to address the symptoms of a much deeper problem! Year after year we budget beyond our means and compound our debt! This is UNSUSTAINABLE! Stop merely treating the symptoms and fix the problem that lies in the process for establishing a budget. If I managed my personal finances the way our government manages the national budget, I'd have no credit and would be bankrupt in no time at all. Easier said than done when talking about something as complex as the national budget I know, but we need to get this under control.