Part of the Bi-partisan deal to open government included a provision that Sen. Mitch McConnell agreed to that no longer will an affirmative vote be needed by Congress to increase the debt ceiling in the future. For this betrayal alone, McConnell deserves the scorn of all conservatives.
True, the Federal Reserve has been ignoring the debt ceiling for a long time also with quantitative easing to inflate or counterfeit the money supply. No wonder the Chinese are mad and want to abolish the dollar as the primary international currency.
Just look a the debt explosion now, to more than 17 trillion dollars or almost $54,000 for every man, woman, and child in the country. See the debt clock at http://www.usdebtclock.org/