Sometime I think our elected congressmen should not be allowed out of the house without a keeper. They just don't seem to be able to understand the consequences. As one noted economics professor put it, Failure to pay our bills wold signal to the world that U.S. politics are so dysfunctional that we can't even avoid serious and unnecessary self-inflicted wounds. And if we can't avoid a self-inflicted wound, the world financial markets will just freak out.
It is now difficult to remember that all that was required was a one paragraph bill that changed some numbers. This was not new taxes. It was not new expenditures. It was merely to pay for things already purchased. The dingbats had to turn this into a major media event. And in order to enjoy their misbegotten sense of power, they may well really hurt out standing in the international financial markets. How stupid can we be?
Personally I wish the President had invoked the 14th Amendment (which many of the dingbats claim does not really exist), raised the debt limit and maybe let our congress get back to the problem of jobs. That might still happen.
Do you suppose the dingbats clap each other on the back and brag about how they have screwed the public once again?