1) It's only a problem because congress couldn't pass a budget back in May (when we first hit our debt ceiling).
2) They haven't solved it yet because of House Republican ideology that refuse to consider anything with tax increases or closing tax loopholes.
3) Raising the debt ceiling is not the same as raising debt. It increases the government's borrowing limit, which they'll use in the short-term to pay their bills.
4) The debt ceiling is not the most pressing concern, either short or long-term, for our country. Republicans have tried to frame it as the most pressing concern so they can attack government spending.
5) Obama's followed them there, seemingly to expose the extremist politicking of the Republican Party in Washington, at the expense of solving our real national crises: climate change and jobs.
From MSNBC The Dylan Ratigan Show -- "Jobs are already scarce in America despite some early signs of recovery. but the latest threat to employment might not be outsourcing, It might actually be robots. According to one estimate, there could be more than 1 million robots working jobs that used to belong to humans in the next two years alone."
What? In two years robots could be doing the jobs that one million people now do? Really? Really! Is there a robot job threat? See the video.
In 1986 the nuclear reactor in the Ukranian town of Chernobyl went red. This plant had no containment shell, and when it blew, it poured a plume of radioactive fallout into the air above the nearby town of Pripyat. The plume followed easterly winds and over the next week it settled over the Soviet Union, moving slowly eastward to Europe.
The official Ukranian government death toll stands at about 50, the number of workers who were killed directly by the explosion. But the number of people who died as a result of the long-term effects of contamination may number up to a million.
This morning the stock markets took a steep fall in Japan and across the Asia-Pacific region. The markets are expecting nothing but bad news, as a result of the Japanese nuclear disaster and the heath and social concerns raised, due to high radiation exposure, to the people of Japan and to the people of the region.
Well, after two days of a three-day match, the LA Times headline writer summed up his view of things as "Day 2: Watson annihilates weak humans."
Well, in so many words, famed physicist Stephen Hawking warned last year that we had better raise our Star Trek-like shields. Since we only have Star Trek-like shields in our fiction, we had better go dark, silent and quiet, and quit trying to contact aliens.