GOP wants to debate the debt limit, but it is only their burden to carry
"One last point I want to make. While I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they've already racked up through the laws that they've passed. Let me repeat, we can't not pay bills that we already incurred." - President Obama
Only time will tell what happens, but McConnell and his crew can't have a debate about torching the United States economy unless President Obama agrees to have it with them. As long as he refuses to negotiate over their threat to sabotage the economy, they can pontificate all they want, but will in the end still face a binary choice: default or no default. Personally, I'm convinced they are bluffing, but even if they aren't, President Obama needs to stand firm: we can't negotiate with economic terrorists.
The tea-party controlling congress is simply carrying out their goals to bring anarchy and chaos, these representatives were the choice of angry republican voters in 2010, they sent these people to demonstrate, not legislate.
I'm not sure that anyone who elected tea-party reactionaries expected them to play the game of chicken with the entire U.S. economy just to show the level of resistance to Obama they obviously still cling to ?