The flight from talks about enhancing revenues, cutting spending, and raising the debt limit ceiling underscores a much more disturbing pattern: the spread of political fundamentalism in our public life.
The Lehman legacy is one of a colossal failure of common sense. I hope members of Congress are listening for the sake of our country, all the warning signs are there. We can ill afford another "Lehman moment."
In the interest on not endangering an economy that really doesn't need anything else to worry about, Congress should first raise the debt ceiling, then debate the budget. Right now the priorities are backwards.
Even though the possibility of a federal government default is an issue with potentially catastrophic consequences, GOP leaders in the House and the Senate seem to be playing politics with the debt ceiling.
Whether cable stations run a countdown clock for when we'll hit the national debt limit or not, the controversy draws viewers, so the networks win either way. I just wish that were also true for the country.