All of this mess has happened under Obamas watch, under Obamas policies and with his blessings. Things can't and won't get better as long as self reflection never happens. Is anyone here willing to be critical of the policies Obama has either pushed for or allowed to remain in place? Everyone on the left wants to play, cover your ass and the famous blame game. Most on the right clearly sees the problems but NO ONE on the left will listen. The downgrade happened because S&P warned us we needed at least 4 trillion in cuts and we didn't do it. It's that simple. Everyone that voted for this bill should be recalled immediately. Only the Tea Party put the cuts we needed in writing in a bill. The left bloviated about 4 trillion in cuts but never offered a bill to vote on. OBAMAS POLICIES HAVE LED US TO THIS POSITION. HE HAD COMPLETE CONTROL FOR 2 YEARS AND DID NOTHING TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING.