I don't know where I heard this this week but I thought it was an exceptional analogy for raising the debt ceiling:
If your house is filling up with shit, you find out where its coming from and stop it. You don't just put on an extra storey.
I offer my own analogy for the current state of school finances. Read as you will:
If your zoo has too many animals and not enough space, you get rid of an elephant, not a meerkat.