I have been torn on this issue because I have been looking at debt limits and budgetary allocations limits as being the same. They are not. The debt comes from commitments that our country is already bound to. Not honoring our commitments due to a spending cap is socially, economically and world-politically disruptive. Caps on allocations make a lot more sense and should be part of any legislation passed. Open-ended, multi-year allocations with some budgetary uncertainty should include a contingency budget level consistent with the uncertainty in the allocation cap. A process like this would tend to assure more accurate estimates (since they are capped), would allow strategic cost-benefit assessments of their relative priorities, and bring some discipline in looking at any new legislations true cost and its potential impact on the national debt. There are very real threats coming which may require increasing the national debt. I would like to see these threats dealt with as a strategic long-term conscious decision and not the result of simply piling on lot’s of nice to have stuff that finally results in an ‘oh my, our spending limit is reached’ moment.