Anybody thinking that this whole debt ceiling stand-off is reminiscent of that scene from “Blazing Saddles”? (No, not that one! Although if you watched C-SPAN long enough, I can see why you would think that.) No, it's the scene in which Bart, after every citizen in town has drawn guns on him, pulls out his own revolver, presses it to his own temple, and says “Drop it, or I swear I'll blow this [deleted]'s head ALL OVER THIS TOWN!"

The punch line in the movie is that the townspeople fall for it and drop their guns. Although it’s not a punch line in the real world. Boehner is pulling out his GOP majority, pointing it at his own country, and saying “Drop it, or we swear we’ll blow this nation's economy ALL OVER... ah... THIS NATION!” And like the townsfolk in fictional Rock Ridge, many of the Dems are dropping things: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid - just to name a few. But unlike Rock Ridge, this is not a movie. Although the conflation of the debt ceiling and our long-term deficit problems is fiction. Wish I could laugh at it.

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