Behind the scenes Lisa Jackson and the EPA are throwing ropes over the country one by one like Lilliputians. We will soon be immobilized, paralyzed, with no idea how it happened and no way to get out of it.
This debt fight is just smoke and mirrors to distract us from the progressive agenda which is to bring America down to size, dilute our culture with immigration, and redistribute our wealth.
We should hope they keep fighting well past the deadline. Our only hope is if they can't get their hands on any more money. Obamacare tax increases are just around the corner. No matter who is in the WH in 2012, Boehner and McConnell will still be in leadership. We're so screwed.
So out of proportion.
If you are referring to the upgrades to power plants, they are estimated to cost less than $1 billion. We've already spent that in Libya. Even if it's 250% overrun, the $2 billion that would be passed on to consumers is dwarfed by the size of the problem in federal spending.
The Department of Education is ten times that. Defense vendors are fifteen times it. Etc.
One of the big problems is that half the population pays no federal income tax--or is handed money! There's a lot of wasteful defense spending (having our military handing out $$$ to Iraqis and Afghans is a fun thing to do and it boosts careers, but it's costly), poorly adminstered programs (with outrageous federal salaries going to people who are less qualified than others), etc.
Besides, if I break your window, you'd expect me to pay for it. Why should a polluter not be expected to maintain a clean environment? Conservation is a conservative value.