Well it looks as if the boys in the GOP, for the second time, will use the debt ceiling as a "bargaining chip" to close down social programs for the poor and keep the fat cat military contractors awash in tax payer cash. That leave 2 interesting options. Both are extraordinary..and well within the law. One of them comes from the 14th Amendment. Constitutionally..the US is required to pay for things it buys. Using the debt ceiling to curtail this function is not constitutional..and would probably create a new case for the supreme court to handle, which in my opinion would be a good thing. The debt ceiling is pretty stupid..but before 2010 it was perfunctory. Second..there's another way to get around this fiasco. The trillion dollar coin.