Even though I am (tentatively) a registered member of the GOP, I'm really starting to hate Republicans! Why? Because they're a bunch of pansies - that's why!!
Think about it... when the Democrats were in power, they rammed through health care, they rammed through stimulus, they stuck to their ideology in spite of public opinion, in spite of the ramifications (which were all too real.) Many of them lost their jobs over it, but they felt that this was the opportune time and they weren't going to miss it. And now, for better or worse, they may not have their jobs but they have a legacy. Health care is law! Stimulus is spent! When the liberals had a chance to advance liberalism in government - they took it! In short, the Democrats had the balls to put ideology before re-election.
Now take the Republicans... Voted into office vowing to stop debt, reduce spending and shrink the size of government, and---with the debt limit hit---given the perfect opportunity to do just that, what do they do? They immediately start to cave!! They're knocking each other over trying to come up with new ways to compromise with the Democrats! They're offering plan after plan that all end up raising the debt ceiling when they have, in their hot little hands, the silver bullet to kill the government debt beast!! All they have to do is nothing. All it would take to stop debt, reduce spending and shrink the size of government is for the Republican controlled House to stick to their guns and refuse to raise the debt ceiling no matter what. If they were true conservatives, they'd ignore the "impending doom" stories of government default and bad credit ratings, ignore the opinion polls, ignore everything that contradicts their conservative ideals and just take a principled stand for cryin' out loud!
If the Republicans in the House stand their ground, the government would not default, nor would it shut down, it would (get this) be forced to prioritize spending to exist on the $200+ billion that comes in every month. The debt would (by law) be paid first - so there's no danger of default. Social Security, the troops' salaries and Medicare could be paid next - so that part of the scare tactics melts away also. And then---with what's left over---the rest of the government gets paid for on an "essential services only" basis. Budgets would have to be slashed. Agencies would be discontinued. Government would shrink down to a manageable size that makes sense. Isn't that what conservatives want? Why then the rush to throw away the advantage and just give up?
Come on Republicans - get some balls!!