No, the debt ceiling should not be tied to spending cuts. This is yet another backdoor way to destroy the safety net and to set up giving yet more tax breaks to the most wealthy Americans and corporations. It seems that the Republican Congress and the Republican President will not rest until we have homeless and handicapped Americans begging on the streets for enough to stay alive. This is what the nobles in France did before the French Revolution. They refused to pay taxes and said the King should get the money from the common people. Greed is never a good policy.