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.
"If you don't want us to do something really irresponsible, you'd better let us do something really irresponsible." If you happen to be John Boehner, a sentence like that apparently makes perfect sense.
No group of legislators is entitled to threaten to crash the United States economy if its demands aren't met. But the biggest surprise in the current debt ceiling standoff is the silence of American business and Wall Street, who have the most to lose.