Bernie Sanders has said it best: the Republican plan for the debt ceiling is "morally grotesque." And no, the Democrat's plan is not much better. This whole debate over the debt ceiling is a fiasco, a smoke screen to draw attention away from the real critical issue facing the country, which is jobs. When there are over 14 million Americans who are jobless and looking for work (in other words, that number does not include the many who have given up completely), more than four million who have been out of work for over a year, it is obscene for our leaders to continue harping on the debt as the most pressing problem facing this country, and to suggest that the solution is to demand that the disadvantaged--the elderly, the disabled, poor families, the unemployed and their families--should be the ones to pay the price.
Any outsider following this debate would have to conclude that the government of the United States is dominated by a ruling class that is selfish, materialistic, cynical, deceitful, and cruel.
I would like to think that this is not the case. Would like to... But as a famous rock band once told us, you can't always get what you want.