There’s frequently a pretty big discrepancy between what people believe and what they say. There can also be quite a difference between what people believe and what they’d like to think they believe and, even more so, what they’d like you to think they believe.
In the case of the present House of Representatives, fortunately, we have a record of what they believe. Not only do we have the continuing resolution they’ve passed but we also have the 2014 budget they passed.
Budgets are, among other things, statements of intent. In no case has the House passed any form of budget that limits expenditures to revenues. Now, I could do all sorts of analyses of these two pieces of legislation but there’s one thing that’s beyond doubt: the House intends to raise the debt limit. Since they’ve already signalled their willingness to raise the debt limit by passing a budget, refusing to raise the debt limit at this point isn’t even an effective bargaining ploy. It’s just posturing.