We are not Greece. We can print dollars and have a decent economy. Greece never produced much (aside from olive oil and tourism) and never had any fiscal responsibility at all. They are lazy, indulgent people who think the Germans should work twice as hard as they were last year to get their shit (in Greece) fixed. The US on the other hand is not quite the basket case the pundits seem to portray it. We have an ailing (due to housing ills) but huge, vibrant economy. The taxes in the US are lower than ever and business is getting a free ride on most stuff. The Congress has a built in deficit (expenditure X -(minus) inflow of revenue Y = the difference is the deficit. You can cut the X all you want but there is a catch. There were implied promises and expectations, money was taken, promises were made - you know SS taxes for 30-40-years for some. If they just do nothing and let the "temporary" tax cuts expire and raise the upper bracket to %40 we should not have this mess we are in...no more frigging debate, no more mud slinging etc. Why the fuck not? Either cut all foreign aid (including Israel, or raise the frigging taxes!) Under Reagan (whom most here worship) the upper bracket was close to 80%.... They could cut the defense budget and nobody would blink an eye. Leave the shithole Middle East and just quit. Tell them to fend for themselves. Or cut all foreign aid. Or cut MOST of the redundant, wasteful stuff - which is about 90-percent the A-holes in the House and Congress are managing. Will it happen? Unlikely. But it should. The problem is not the person sitting in the WH, it is the whole frigging corrupt system, the process of DC. That kills and stifles initiatives and makes whores of men, no matter how well intentioned they were when elected. The lawyers and lobbyist scum are the problem and they infect you as soon as you get there. This is why Ron Paul is never going to see the walls of the WH. Simply put, Jesus would have a hard time reforming that place. We do not have a fiscal problem. We are not governable as we were, democracy died and there is nothing anybody can do about it. Do you think a new president could bring about change?