If you have to raise the debt ceiling to avoid being a deadbeat, your still doing something wrong!! When observing a timeline of US debt, there are numerous times that administrations paid it down, but it certainly went up and down, and ultimately it took 200 years for us to accumulate 1 trillion dollars of debt. Then Reagan happened (the haha conservative) and in 8 short years that tripled! Bush and Clinton added a couple to it and then Jr. Bush doubled it from 5 to 10 trillion, and it would appear this administration will see a doubling again. Real deadbeats borrow and spend!