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What had been a routine procedure is now center stage. Unless you were paying very close attention, you probably didn't hear about the seven times the debt ceiling was raised under President Bush and 17 times under President Reagan. But don't think using the debt ceiling as a partisan tool is anything new. These votes often fall along partisan lines, and President [then Senator] Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling under President Bush.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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