A conductor jumps from a train as it pulls into the station, Yorkshire, England.
It's the Theatre of the Absurd and Irresponsible in Washington, D.C., where Tea Party Republicans are manufacturing chaos and undermining all sense of reason within their own party. It's as though an out-of-control train is racing down the track towards certain doom, while passengers squabble over who is to blame, yet deliberately resist rescue.
As the clock ticks ever closer to the August 2nd deadline to avoid default, it looks as though President Obama and the US Senate must take bold action to avert catastrophe. It's obvious that House Republicans are incapable of compromise, much less governing. Who elected these uninformed idealogues??!! They seem unable to grasp basic economics and clearly don't understand how government functions or how the world works.
Meanwhile, millions of Social Security, veterans' benefits and other government checks are at risk, if Republicans force a default on the government's loans. Our Triple-A credit rating will be downgraded and world financial markets will plummet. And Americans can expect interest rates to rise.
Every day for the past week the dollar has weakened against foreign currency, as stocks and bond markets faltered. The International Monetary Fund and governments around the world are watching the US debt situation with increasing alarm. Yet Tea Party radicals refuse to compromise, unless their unreasonable demands are met.
Intransigent Republicans already have shut down the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), costing the government $30 million in fines per day. Meanwhile, airport maintenance and construction projects around the country have been suspended and at least 4000 FAA employees sent home. (Reacting swiftly to the news, greedy airlines raised airfares 7.5 percent).
Who's in charge here??!! Time for President Obama to forget trying to compromise with obstructionists, take a strong stand and lead.