What is it that my junior high Algebra teacher used to yell at kids, "failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine?" Yeah, that's it.
Watching this whole "crisis" unfold is like watching a Bravo reality television series, with less pretty people. There's a shit ton of fighting, a lot of the blame game and finger-pointing and plenty of stupidity to go around.
The debt ceiling has been raised 10 times since 2001. Just raise it already and cut some spending and raise some taxes. I mean, I've already paid thousands of dollars in taxes for the year-- if raising them gets these Congressional idiots off of my television, DO IT.
Every elected official in DC seems to be a terrible manager of money. If I managed my money the way the US government does, I'd be in prison. Or dead. Or dead in prison.
Congress, get your shit together.