@ Rightisright – the stimulus was mishandled by incompetent and bipartisan greed. The debt ceiling is a choice, not a necessity. Republicans, in order to get what they demand, are willing to do great harm to our immediate future and saying they are trying to save our future. Wrongiswrong.@ Sr Nonliberal – Don’t borrow money to fix the roof now, just let the rain come in and destroy things inside the house? Money, like the debt ceiling, is a simple concept. It represents an exchange of good and services. As long as we can give oil, natural gas, and food to countries, our credit is good. As long as we show character and good intentions, our credit rating won’t be dropped by raising the debt ceiling and interest rates won’t be raised on US borrowing. We don’t need a ladder, we simply need a table and chairs with people willing to work for the country instead of their party.@ Robert Landers – I’m certain diplomats trying to persuade foreign leaders feel your pain. We’re trying to get our neighbors to agree to help shovel the streets. One side doesn’t want to raise taxes to pay for shoveling the roads even though it means people can’t get to work, schools, or even hospitals. The other side has shown too much willingness to overspend in order to keep the roads clear and, to be honest, spend money on ‘aesthetics’ for which taxes probably should not have been used. I personally blame waste and a lack of people to inspect and enforce regs and politicians allowing lobbyists to write bills. Do not let the extremists among the conservatives blind you to the many thoughtful and moderate conservative voices among us. And be ready to give and thoughtfully take on these issues. You’re a good writer and help raise the debate.@ onguard – I’ve read many of your posts. You should provide websites, objective sites, backing your claims. Your accusations are nuanced and debatable, at best.@ Redkaycei, Saywhatwhat, & Doughfoot – thank you for the tone and content of your comments.Respectfully,C.