I'm wondering how a party is going to re-brand themselves as the party of fiscal responsibility by threatening not to pay their bills? What kind of climate does that create for big business when they can't know for sure whether or not the United States of America is goiing to pay their bills? It's impossible for business to thrive in a climate in which the U.S. has to haggle over whether or not to default every two years (or less). "Yeah, I know we signed a contract with you for 25 planes (or 10 miles of road, or repairs to a dock, etc ...) but now we're thinking we just might not pay for it. Just depends on what the other guys are willing to do for US." I think I join almost everyone in wanting to see some meaningful cuts in government spending. (Personally, I'd favor about 5% across the board - NO sacred cows - to start with.) But the uncertainty and damage done to EVERYONE by taking us to the brink of default is just wrong. It merely supports the claim that you are putting the good of the country on the back burner in order to promote your personal political agenda. If that's NOT what you're doing, then prove it. Don't play political football with the debt ceiling. Make your case to the people - pressure the Democrats that way. I think it's a winning issue.