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Keith Hennessey on how the Republicans should battle the debt ceiling/spending debate.

Step one is to argue for an increase combined with current and future REAL spending cuts.

That’s not gonna happen, of course. Because …

The president wants a very large increase in the debt ceiling—he and his team have demanded either no limit at all, or a five-year increase, which means at least a few trillion dollars. His obvious goal is to punt the issue past the 2014 midterm election. Yet if he has to ask Congress for a new increase every few months, the spending problem his administration has exacerbated in his first term will dominate the policy agenda—when he wants to work on other issues.

So, step two is to offer that either accept step one, or he can look forward to small increases every few months, while the country watches.

If the president continues to dodge the country’s long-term spending problem, the solution is to force him to ask Congress every few months to give him the authority to borrow more while facing questions about why he refuses to restrain spending.

Step three- Republicans must explain to the public that THEY support step one, but they will “allow” step two to occur, but they do not support it.

This means that if Mr. Obama agrees to cut spending, he will get his long-term debt-limit increase and most Republicans would vote for it. If, however, he refuses to cut spending and instead chooses repeated short-term increases, then he and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would have to ensure that all 197 House Democrats vote aye. House Speaker John Boehner would commit to delivering only the 20 or so Republican votes that are needed to ensure the bill passed.

Make every Democrat have to vote for dept-limit increases.

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