Here is an analogy to what the GOP is attempting to shovel at the rest of us. The analogy is me. A while back, my credit card companies raised the interest rate on my cards, and made that rate retroactive to past purchases. IMHO, that was wrong. So I can demand that the credit card companies eliminate the increase for past purchases, or I will default on the debt I already legally owe. If I do that, then I am in a crapload of financial trouble. Same thing here. The US owes this money, and is responsible for paying it, no matter what transpires in the way of cost reduction in the future. What Republicans demand now is either change the way we do future expenditures, WITHOUT ANY DEBATE WHATSOEVER, or they are going to set our economy on fire, economic arson, so to speak. This speaks directly to the dishonesty of the demands that the GOP are making at this time. Like I said, now is not the time to threaten to crash and burn the economy. And like I said, if the GOP wants to act like babies and brats, let them do it on their own damn dime, not that of our country.