Just curious which is more important to the US? Is Greece, Spain, or Italy, or even all three more important to the US economy than the total financial mess that is California, or a combination of finances in a few other US states? I think the old comparison is that California has roughly the equivalent to be the 8th largest GDP in the world. WHere do Greece, Spain ,and Italy fall? My arguement would be we need to dig our heads out of our butts here for the same reasons in those countries, but that our own country is really more important at this time, and the fixes should be done now. We have tremendous obligations at the state level to employees that are the same as in these countries, and we are being driven to the brink of complete financial ruin. Where do these unions come out ahead if these states eventually go bankrupt? Don't think it could happen? I don't see the country as a whole willing to bail out an individual state anymore like has happened in the past. Quite a few people who have worked in the "real world" are not happy with the lavish benefits and pay in the public sector. Polititians are losing that base of public employee union voters and are going to have to answer to the larger public, who are approaching zero tolerance for extravagance in the public sector, and the past history of politicos catering to themselves even more so, and enriching their own group. Just looking for comments. Not looking for beligerent knucklehead comments, but would like to read informed thoughts. I ask again, do we not need to take care of our own problems, now before we jump into small countries around the world?