once again --- I'm just a little confused. (what else is new?!:biggrin1 The Republicans are outraged about our reckless out of control spending...........and yet they "demanded" the extension of the Bush Tax cuts which added $700 billion (borrowed again from China) to the debt. It was THEIR Congress that kept raising the debt limit over and over again to 9 Trillion in 06 I believe -- and then of course panicked when Wall Street tanked that we absolutely HAD to bail out the banks (yet another huge cost -- however -- we did actually manage to make a little money on that). Bush started his 8 years with a surplus and wahlah -- not only gone in 8 years but.......whew.....tons of pork we couldn't afford and 2 wars that....well.....we just decided not to include their cost in the budget!! And now..............they're all concerned about spending. But it isn't just ANY spending......... we don't "touch" Corporate Government subsidies or the military. We don't even talk about Corporations paying "ZERO" in taxes. They only want to discuss how we're going to slash programs they don't like (and they truly believe as a country we don't need)--- because...........well........you tell me! Personally, if I needed extra cash........curbing my spending is only 1/2 the equation. Finding ways to boost my income would be the other 1/2. Do these Republicans think we Americans who have watched our purchasing power slowly ebb away over the last "generation" are really taking seriously THEIR perspective that all the "haves" of the nation should be exempt from taking a hit in their taxes so that the rest of us should "tighten" our belts. It's becoming fairly obvious don't you think that Republican interests only center around corporations being able to make higher profits and NOT average Americans being able to make higher wages. Why is it that when "States/countries" are BROKE -- the first things they start looking at are all those programs that have been put into place to give substantive help to those who are the "have nots."??? Do they honestly believe that we are not going to hold their party responsible for shutting down the government ALL BECAUSE we draw a line between what THEIR priorities seem to be and what it appears the vast majority of Americans want??? Opinions??