So, if you haven't read the story yet, check out today's New York Times article. Yesterday, Republican leaders in the House brought up a measure to raise the debt ceiling and then defeated the measure 318 to 97. This was a staged effort to show the lack of support in the House for any debt ceiling legislation that doesn't first begin with significant budget cuts. So, the fact that Republicans would do something like this is not news. In fact, Democrats did similar things when Ronald Reagan was President. I bring up the news story to pose a simple question: Do you think political theater such as this wastes time (and therefore, money) or does it serve an actual purpose?