I am posting this in part to correct a previous statement that I made about Bush increasing it 17 times. There is a lot of misinformation on time internet and that is why we need to rely on websites like politifact to help us sort through the information.
However, my larger point from the post still stands. The debt ceiling was raised almost every year under Bush. Obama hasn't raised it in the last two. That is why I don't know why most Republicans won't consider raising it without HUGE cuts when they required nothing in the past. Boehner says it is about our future, but not everyone agrees that making massive, immediate changes at gun point is the best way to decide our future. It took a year to pass Obamacare and that was "rushed. Now Boehner wants to decide the future of our nation in a month of failed negotiation. We obviously need more time. They obviously have voted to raise the debt ceiling before. Do it again to buy more time.