The fact the the 290B increase in the federal credit card balance limit only passed the house by 2 votes shows that federal budget gridlock is pretty close. The republicans only need a few more votes to force a serious discussion on the budget. It amazes me how when there is a repub president, the dems always vote for raising the cap. But, when there is a dem prez, repubs always demand the budget deficit be reduced. Perhaps a dem president with a strong number of repubs in congress is best in terms of putting the finances in order. This also means repub presidents can spend and cut taxes as much as they want as the dems don't demand a reduced deficit, while the dem presidents aren't able to use deficit spending as much to implement their wishes, historically.