Between this budget showdown and that sequester, the last debt ceiling fight and the more recent government shutdown, the majority of Americans found themselves, at best, inconvenienced. Why, they must be thinking, is this any different? What's the big deal?
Many Americans may be asking themselves: Why should I care about the debt ceiling, or the -- barring Congressional action -- coming default? Put simply, unlike corporate tax cuts, a debt ceiling default will have a trickle-down effect that will affect your wallet in one way or another.
Everything. What most people do not realize, including GOP Congressmen, is that the U.S. national debt is the world's money, and that money is the lubricant not just for our economy, but for the entire world.