Both Barack Obama and Harry Reid have declared that they won’t negotiate the debt ceiling with republicans and nothing but free access to more debt is acceptable, while at the same time, they criticize republicans for refusing to negotiate. 61% of Americans say they want to see spending cuts accompany a raise in the debt ceiling. 28% are opposed to cuts. 3/4 of all republicans, 2/3 of independents and even a plurality of democrats agree that the debt ceiling should not be raised without spending cuts, even if it means default.
Sam Manders, a 29-year-old lacrosse coach from Gray, Maine, and a Democrat, was quoted as saying: