“No Congress in 224 years of American history has allowed our country to default, and it is my sincere hope that this Congress will not be the first.”
Me too, but I bet they will.
The Tea Party is a radical, irrational, ignorant, extremist group that demands the impossible and refuses to compromise. The modern Republican party has repeatedly proven that it’s willing to destroy anything and anybody to prevent any Obama initiative from succeeding, encourage ignorant (and often racist or xenophobic) voters to think Obama is illegitimate or “un-American”, and get itself back into power so it can go back to ignoring its base and serving big business.
What part of that will change in the next week?
Congress’ rules and legislative process aren’t perfect, set in stone for eternity. (Neither is the Constitution, for that matter.) When one House representative can shut down the entire country indefinitely and potentially torpedo our economy for a generation, that’s a massive security hole that needs to be fixed immediately.
(To those complaining that I’m posting about politics: I’d love for the U.S. political environment to return to a state where I can just do my job and ignore it.)