You can't watch any news program on TV and not be bombarded with the debt ceiling talks. If what is happening in Washington DC doesn't move you to contact your representatives in Congress, then I think you must live in a closet.
It is disturbing to listen to the doomsday predictions and the shrill behavior of those Teapublicans who are hell bent on tying the deficit talks to the debt ceiling action to the detriment of the country's economy. I don't care where you work and who you work for, the common business approach to getting things done is listening, gathering facts, negotiate and establish a win/win environment. That means compromise has to be part of the agenda. When one has to negotiate in this kind of environment, no one wins and everyone is a loser.
When you hold one party hostage to your position, it means a breakdown in communication and a failure to succeed. No one is arguing that the deficit has to be dealt with. Nobody is saying that government spending must be controlled. Nobody is saying that cuts must be made. The fact is the debt ceiling is being used as a pawn for the Teapublicans agenda to reduce government spending and to the hell with anyone who hasn't signed Grover Norquist's pledge.
As the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office put it in a report in February: “The debt limit does not control or limit the ability of the federal government to run deficits or incur obligations. Rather, it is a limit on the ability to pay obligations already incurred.”
By the Treasury Department’s count, Congress has acted 78 times since 1960 to raise, extend or alter the definition of the debt limit — 49 times under Republican presidents, and 29 times under Democratic presidents.
Hello, Teapublicans!!!! The debt ceiling is about paying for obligations already incurred. Tying government spending to raising the debt ceiling is a political ploy detrimental to the economic health of the country. This group needs to be sent to time out and be treated as the petulant little bullying brat that they are. Oh, and by the way, Speaker Boehner needs to grow a pair.