The Democrats should never have agreed to negotiate the terms for raising the debt ceiling with Republicans in the first place. No spending cut should have ever been tied to, or proffered as a sacrifice for, increasing the debt limit.
The Dem's and the President's only response to the demands from Republicans hell bent on terrorizing us with threats of economic destruction should have been a resounding "NO. Raise the debt ceiling or you will bear full responsibility for the fallout. The budget is a separate issue that will be discussed once the debt ceiling is raised."
Why the hell did we allow these Republican terrorists to take Americans hostage?