While the President spends extra time in Hawaii, he does deserve some extra vacation time for all the work he is done. Theses days it is better when he is out of town as there is less damage he can do. On the talking head circuit he sent out the second string to beat the drum. The White House Council of Economic Advisers, Austan Goolsbee, is warning against what he calls “playing chicken” with the need to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. This is funny as we have not even started an the minority party is looking set the tone. This comes as reports that conservatives, are going to refuse to raise the limit on the federal debt to force the government into cutting spending. This is standard practice and it would be a good start for the New Year. In February 2010 the Congress raised the debt ceiling to $14.3 trillion. The debt is now at nearly $13.9 trillion and growing so we can expect a move to raise the ceiling again this spring. Why they cannot run the country like we run our houses. When your credit cards are maxed you cannot raise the limit and continue to spend. The credit card company will shut you off till you pay down the debt unfortunately these congressmen think they are both lender and borrower.